Leaving California’s strawberry market, Dole Food Co. to eliminate 402 American jobs in Salinas Valley

Leaving California’s strawberry market, Dole Food Co. to lay off 402 workers in Salinas Valley

Dole Food Co. will lay off 402 workers from its Pajaro Valley fields and packing facilities as part of a widening move out of California’s strawberry market.

Dole’s berry division informed the state of the layoffs, which will affect 268 pickers and other laborers, drivers and supervisors from its harvesting and cooling operations in Watsonville, in a letter to state employment officials dated Monday.

Last month, the company announced a similar move from its Southern California operations, including laying off 172 unionized workers from its operations centered in Oxnard, according to state records.

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