Farmworkers say they were stranded in Washington orchard

Nov 3, 2011

MATTAWA, Wash. — Nearly 60 farmworkers from the Tri-Cities say they were stranded at a Mattawa orchard after they refused to pick apples for less than minimum wage.

A spokesman with United Farm Workers, Gorge Valenzuela, told KEPR ( they had to walk an hour-and-a-half Wednesday just to reach a road where they could wave at cars to ask for rides.

Orchard managers said they guarantee minimum wage and if that they had known about the problem they would have helped the workers return home.