Two nonprofit groups are inviting Washington farmworkers to speak about agricultural overtime pay requirements affecting their paychecks at a Jan. 25 rally at the state capitol in Olympia.

It’s organized by the Center for Latino Leadership and Save Family Farming, two groups who have joined tree fruit and other agricultural industries in seeking seasonal exceptions to overtime requirements.

To participate, meet at 12:30 p.m. at 415 12th Ave. SW in Olympia.

The groups are arranging charter buses from Wenatchee and Yakima. To sign up and reserve a spot, email English or Spanish will work.

They also are asking for donations to support workers who sacrifice a day of wages to make the trip. To donate, visit

Meanwhile, farmworker rights advocates are staging a rally of their own Jan. 23, also in Olympia, and have invited workers to participate and share testimony.

The groups plan to march from United Churches of Olympia at 110 11th Ave. SE to the John A. Cherberg building on the capitol campus at 304 15th Ave. SW, said a spokeswoman. A news conference with testimonies from farmworkers will follow at 3 p.m. in front of the Cherberg building.

Community to Community Development and Familias Unidas por la Justicia are organizing the event.

by Ross Courtney