Demand met, but strike continues at Skagit Co farm

BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — While one of their demands was met, farmworkers from a Skagit County farm say Saturday they will continue their walk off through the weekend.

But the owner of Sakuma Farms told the Skagit Valley Herald he expected some of them to work Sunday.

More than 200 farmworkers walked off the job on Thursday to protest the firing of a co-worker who complained about wages. They also demanded higher pay per pound of produce and breaks during the workday.

Go Skagit newspaper reported (http://bit.ly/1baRntr) the fired worker was reinstated on Friday. But talks didn't touch on the wage demands.

The workers want 70 cents per pound of berries picked. Their current wage is 30 cents per pound.

Farm owner Steve Sakuma says the wage increase is something the farm can't handle financially.