Farm workers union sues Washington over virus housing rules

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Tri-City Herald) — A farmworkers union has sued two Washington state agencies over rules that would allow workers to sleep in close quarters on bunk beds during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Tri-City Herald reported the lawsuit filed last week by Familias Unidas por la Justicia seeks to repeal parts of rules adopted by the Department of Labor & Industries and the Department of Health.

The rules allow farm operators to avoid restrictions on bed spacing in dormitory-style housing by establishing groups of up to 15 workers who are kept separate from other workers.

The union says the regulations are contrary to scientific evidence.

Image courtesy Familias Unidas por la Justicia Facebook page.

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