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Court orders Skagit County farm to remove guards

Two guards removed by judge as prolonged labor strife continues at berry farm.

BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — A Skagit County Superior Court judge has ordered Sakuma Brothers Berry Farms to remove security guards posted near three farmworker housing camps.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports (http://bit.ly/187xcJK) the restraining order was placed Wednesday after a complaint was filed by one of the farmworker organizers.

This is the latest episode of a protracted labor dispute between the Sakumas and farmworkers, who have marched off their jobs and protested since July.

The complaint was filed by Felimon Pineada, vice president of the workers committee Familias Unidas por la Justicia, who asserted in court that the company hired the guards to observe and eavesdrop on workers and supporters in the camp.

Sakuma Brothers co-owner Steve Sakuma said two guards were placed in mid-September for worker safety.



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