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Monday, January 10, 2011

Farmworkers at Ruby Ridge Farms.


Here is a little bit I have cut and pasted in from material UFW sent me. If you want to sign the petition it may help the workers at Ruby Ridge Farms. 

This Boss Brings a Rifle to Work

Workers will hand petition in TOMORROW


We've written to you before about the unbearable situation workers face at WA's Ruby Ridge dairy face on a daily basis. Help workers fight back.
The workers are demanding that Ruby Ridge's lender, Northwest Farm Credit Services, take a stance on this issue. TOMORROW, January 11, Ruby Ridge workers and their supporters are going to the the lender's headquarters to deliver thousands ofpetition signatures. So far, there are 20,105 signatures on the workers petition.
This is the situarion at Ruby Ridge dairy. Ruby Ridge is being sued for violation of Washington wage and hour laws, unlawful discharge by firing 1/3 of the workforce and even assault. The workers who haven't yet been fired are afraid they're next.
Owner Dick Bengen often carries a rifle with him on his large dairy farm. To Dick Bengen, that rifle is his anti-union rifle that he uses to scare the workers into line. Mr. Bengen made a point of explaining the special purpose of this rifle to Miguel Cuevas, when he told him, "This rifle is for those people with the union."

Workers, members of the faith community and most recently, thousands of UFW supporters, contacted Northwest Farm Credit Services, the bank that loaned $13 million to Ruby Ridge. They demand the bank use its influence to resolve the issues at the dairy. The bank's mortgage language specifically prohibits illegal behavior such as the workers say is happening at Ruby Ridge. 

The bank continues to ignore our calls. According to Margarito Martinez, who was fired from Ruby Ridge for supporting the union and fighting for his rights, "When workers and supporters tried to reach out to the bank to intervene in this matter, they turned us down, saying they did not want to be involved."

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