The Yakima Herald reports on the largest guest worker complex in Washington. This 800 bed hotel is being converted into housing for guest workers.
Community to Community Development's Rosalinda Guillen and her supporters call such worker accommodations "degraded." Under the H2A guest worker law, employers are required to provide free housing to workers and those accommodations must pass government inspections. The law requires the employer must also provide free transportation to and from their homes.
It's ironic that activists should so complain about this treatment of workers which is unique to farm guest workers. Their opposition derives not from concern for the workers, but from their goal of leveraging the increasing shortage of farmworkers to impose farmworker unions, such as the one created by Community to Community called Familias Unidas por la Justicia. We believe working to deprive these workers of the jobs so important to them and their families makes the term "justicia" in their name a falsehood. Also, given that their tactics center are maliciously false accusations against farmers, we ask: how justice is served by lying?