We stand in agreement with the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington when they say:
“We believe in an economy powered by transparency, accountability, security and equity. All women should be paid equitably, with access to affordable childcare, sick days, healthcare, paid family leave, and healthy work environments. All workers – including domestic and farm workers, undocumented and migrant workers - must have the right to organize and fight for a living minimum wage.”
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Healthcare Staffing in Kitsap
Healthcare workers at Harrison hospitals are pushing back against unsafe staffing practices. Staff members have reported that “support staff are being whittled down under CHI Franciscan and employees are being asked to work long hours, creating unhealthy conditions for patients and caregivers.” (Source)
(Check out our “Healthcare” section to read up on other concerns community members have about CHI.)
Unsafe Working Conditions for Washington Farmworkers
A Sarbanand Farms employee, Honesto Silva Ibarra, recently died after working picking blueberries in the summer heat and smoke. When 70 of his coworkers went on a one-day strike to protest what they claim were “poor working conditions and a lack of medical treatment” that contributed to his death, they were fired. Washington Labor and Industries has launched an investigation into workplace safety and employment standards.
Visit the website of Community to Community, the organization helping to support the workers’ camp, to donate or learn more about how to “restore justice to our food, land, and cultural practices”.