Skagit County http://www.kplu.org en Berry Pickers on Strike Again in Burlington http://www.kplu.org/post/berry-pickers-strike-again-burlington <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the second time this month, about 200 berry pickers at a Skagit Valley farm </span><a href="http://karani.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/huelga-Mixteco-and-Triqui-farmworkers-commence-second-work-stoppage-at-Sakuma-brothers-farms-inc/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">have walked off the job</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The workers are striking over pay for the boxes of blueberries and strawberries they harvest at <a href="http://sakumabros.com/" target="_blank">Sakuma Brothers Farms</a> in Burlington. Many of those berries are sold to Haagen-Dazs for ice cream. The workers in question have been earning $3.50 per a flat of blueberries, which is about 12 pints. They say they can’t pick them fast enough to earn a fair wage.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:22:10 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9404 at http://www.kplu.org Berry Pickers on Strike Again in Burlington County commissioners call for mediation in Skagit Valley water fight http://www.kplu.org/post/county-commissioners-call-mediation-skagit-valley-water-fight <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">In Skagit County, a decades-old fight over water rights has come to a</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">head. </span></p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7082 at http://www.kplu.org Suit filed over deaths at Tesoro Refinery http://www.kplu.org/post/suit-filed-over-deaths-tesoro-refinery <p>The families of six Tesoro&nbsp;Corporation refinery workers killed in an explosion at an&nbsp;Anacortes&nbsp;site last April have filed a wrongful-death suit against the company Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p><i>The Seattle Times'</i> Jim Brunner reports the suit alleges Tesoro was negligent in addressing the conditions that resulted in the blast, which killed seven people. In addition to the six families, a contractor injured in the explosion has also joined the suit.</p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 02:05:18 +0000 KPLU News Staff 758 at http://www.kplu.org Suit filed over deaths at Tesoro Refinery