Farm workers union sues Washington over virus housing rules

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A farm workers 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. 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.