UFCW Local 135

Sugar Strike Ends

Workers at Spreckels Sugar End Unfair Labor Practice Strike

Pension deal struck between union members and company

BRAWLEY – Since the morning of March 9, union workers at Spreckels Sugar in Brawley and Imperial had been engaged in an unfair labor practice strike against the company. Through the help of a federal mediator, a resolution was reached late in the afternoon on Tuesday, March 21. With a resolution reached, the strike was called off and workers returned to work on March 22.

“We are very pleased to report that Spreckels Sugar Company and UFCW Local 135 have agreed to a settlement that will end the strike. It is unfortunate that unprecedented interest rate increases, that were not the fault of either the Company or the Union, caused the frustration and disappointment that resulted in the employees going out on strike. Both the Union and the Company look forward to putting this matter behind us and getting back to the very good relations we have enjoyed for decades.”

– Joint statement by Spreckels Sugar Company and UFCW Local 135:

“The workers at Spreckels Sugar have proven their grit and determination. It took courage and conviction to go out on strike. For the rest of their lives, they will remember the strength of their unity and solidarity with one another. I am proud of them for taking the stand that they did.”

– UFCW Local 135 President Todd Walters

UFCW Local 135 represents over 100 year-round workers and over 100 seasonal workers at Spreckels Sugar Company at two locations in Imperial County: the sugar processing plant located in Brawley and a warehouse in Imperial. 

UFCW Local 135 would like to thank our union siblings, elected officials, community members, and all that signed and shared the online petition! Your solidarity has made a difference in the lives of these workers!