A representative from the North Carolina Growers Association, a group that provides guest worker labor, punched a labor organizer in the face last week.
The fight started after the union liaison for the growers association, Paul Saffle, read aloud the names of workers he said had applied for benefits through a union group, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee.
A division of the AFL-CIO, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee has been advocating for changes to working conditions for the people who work through the North Carolina Growers Association over the past several years. The Growers Association provides workers, in part, who come to the U.S. from countries like Mexico on visas to work seasonally.
While Saffle was reading the names, he was approached by Oscar Sanchez, an organizer for FLOC, who first attempted to correct Saffle’s pronunciation of the one of the worker’s names, but then pressed the issue further.
“What are you going to fix, man? What are you going to fix?” Sanchez said, based on a translation of the video by BuzzFeed.
That’s when Saffle threw the punch, landing square on Sanchez’s right cheek.
“It’s clear that you were threatening me,” Saffle said.
“I didn’t threaten you,” Sanchez responded. “I’m relaxed.”