Materials

Readings

There are several basic background articles that help in understanding the boycott and its context.

San Quintín, Baja California

In the San Quintín Valley of Baja California, workers pick berries for BerryMex and MoraMex, partners of Driscoll’s. Like the workers in Washington State, many of these people are originally from Oaxaca, but they work under conditions that are even worse, making as little as dollars a day. In March, 2015, the workers went on strike, and the ensuing police crackdown turned, as dramatically reported in this story from AJ+. Since then, the San Quintín farmworkers have been working in alliance with those in Washington State. On Jan. 17, 2016, they formed a new union, the Sindicato Independiente Nacional Democrático de Jornaleros Agrícolas. In March 2016, they celebrated the first anniversary of their uprising with a 4-day march from San Quintín to the US-Mexico border in Tijuana, where they were met by activists from the other side of the border, as reported on by Brooke Binkowski in this article in Snopes.com and by  Elier Lizárraga (in Spanish) in this article in La Pared. In March 2017 they will celebrate the second anniversary of their uprising with a caravan from San Quintín to Mexico City.

“The history of San Quintín in the voices of the agricultural worker” is a video from May 4, 2016, put out by the Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales in Mexico, with information about the conditions and demands of San Quintín workers.

A number of articles have been written by the Mexican and US media about the situation faced by the berry pickers and farmworkers in Mexico more generally and about the union-led struggle in San Quintín.

Washington State

In Burlington, Washington, Driscoll’s sources berries from Sakuma Bros. The workers formed their own union, Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), in 2013 and organized a boycott of Sakuma and Driscoll’s to improve their working conditions and force the growers to negotiate a contract with the union. On September 4, 2016, FUJ announced that Sakuma Bros. had agreed to union election among the farmworkers, to be followed by negotiations for a contract. From that date the boycott of Sakuma products effectively ended (though the Driscoll’s boycott is still in place in support of the farmworkers in Baja California).

FUJ’s website has lots of information. They have produced a set of useful organizing materials as well.

Among recent stories in the national media focusing on FUJ and its struggle with Sakuma and Driscoll’s:

Media in Santa Cruz County

Local journalist Bradley Allen’s blog includes lots of articles on Driscoll’s and the boycott.

Flyers, letters, and posters

General

Specific events

International Day of Action, May 7, 2016
FUJ visit, Mar. 30-Apr. 1, 2016
  • Press releases
  • Flyers
  • Description of events
    • As many of you know, workers who pick berries for companies that supply Driscoll’s in the Skagit Valley, Washington State and the San Quintín Valley, Baja California are calling for a boycott of Driscoll’s until they can negotiate a union contract that guarantees decent wages and working conditions. The headquarters of Driscoll’s is right here in Santa Cruz County.
      Representatives of the independent farmworkers’ union that started the boycott, Familias Unidas por la Justicia, are on a west coast tour to promote the boycott, and they will be in our area March 30-April 1. The spokesperson of their allies in Baja California will be joining them. There are three events related to the boycott planned for those days in our area. Mark your calendars! This is a special opportunity to find out what the boycott is about and show your support for the rights of the workers who pick the berries eaten by millions of people in this country.

      • Wed., March 30
      • Thu., March 31
        • 11:30 am, direct action, Driscoll’s headquarters, 345 Westridge Dr., Watsonville (meet at 11am in the nearby Applebees parking lot to march to Driscoll’s HQ)

      We hope to see lots of you at these events.
      For more information, see https://driscott.wordpress.com/ or email boycottdriscoll.sc@riseup.net.