H-2A migrant workers are striking at W&L Orchards in Quincy. The Wenatchee World reports that 25 apple pickers are protesting working conditions such as broken equipment, lack of clean toilets or drinking water, and no ability to call in sick.
Larson Fruit, who operates the orchard, have sent in a human resources and management team so that they could investigate the claims made by the workers. The protest was originally a one-day event last week, but renewed over the weekend after three of the workers who led last week’s protests were fired. The workers claim they have received threats of deportation if they do not speed up their pace of work.
Representatives of Larson Fruit said they will continue to work with the protesting workers.