Wonderful Citrus says workers' complaints 'resolved'

Agriculture workers at The Wonderful Company protest reduced wages Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, north of Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Wonderful Citrus said Monday that it has “resolved the main concern” that led some workers Friday to walk off the job.

The workers at a grove north of Bakersfield said they were unhappy after a pay cut was thrust upon them without notice. Armando Elenes, an executive with the United Farm Workers, also said workers complained of unpaid sick hours and a lack of proper equipment.

Elenes said the UFW was supporting the workers but wasn’t acting in an official organizing capacity.

Monday, Wonderful Citrus released a statement on the labor unrest:

“We’ve resolved the main concern raised by our third-party labor contractors and are currently paying the same bin rate for picking mandarins that we previously paid for clementines. The majority of our workers are back on the job, and we anticipate returning to normal operations soon.”
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