Striking farmworkers say Sakuma threatened to evict them

BURLINGTON — Against a backdrop of blackberries ripening in the afternoon sun, about 100 striking migrant farmworkers at Sakuma Bros. Farms chanted and protested here Wednesday after wage negotiations with the company broke down and the latest work stoppage entered a third day.

The workers say Sakuma has threatened to evict them from company-owned housing if they don’t return to work.

Read it in the Seattle Times. Originally published July 24, 2013.

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I used these tools:

  • MySQL
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  • Excel
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Chopping Chicken in Missouri: Immigrants — Not Locals — Still Fill the Processing Lines

Outside the Tyson plant in Noel, Mo., a sign reads, “Now hiring, call today.” Immigrants and refugees are the ones flocking to work here, not locals.

At 4:30 p.m., cars arrive at the plant to drop off night shift workers wearing flowered skirts and hijabs. The approximately 1,500 employees come from Africa, the Pacific, Latin America and Asia.

Aired on PRI’s The World May 14, 2013.

All Things Considered airs “Why Music Matters”

This segment was perhaps my favorite segment EVER On NPR, and that from a very long time listener. Big words, but I’m saying them. Bravo NPR. Truly spectacular segment.

— NPR.org commenter “William K” on the story, “Finding Hope, With The Cranberries’ Help”

I was honored that Weekend’s on All Things Considered picked up the series I produced for KEXP, and even surprised one interviewee with a phone call from his favorite artists. Find the stories at NPR.org.

Why Music Matters: Stories about the Power of Music

KEXP and AIR (The Association of Independents in Radio) present a new series that demonstrates the power of music through intriguing personal stories ranging from an astronaut, teenager, surgeon, dancer, Yoruba priest and more.

Find the series on KEXP.org.

I produced these stories as AIR’s Live Interactive Resident for Fall 2010.
Editorial oversight by Kevin Cole. Engineering help by Matt Ogaz. Live Interactive is a collaboration of KEXP and AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio with financial support from AIR members worldwide, Recovery.gov, and the National Endowment for the Arts which believe a great nation deserves great art.

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