Workers Say Sheep Ranchers, Ranching Groups Fixing Wages

By Kelly Knaub (September 1, 2015, 9:54 PM EDT) -- Two former sheepherders filed a proposed class action against two ranching organizations and a slew of companies owned by ranchers Tuesday in Colorado federal court, alleging they schemed to fixes wages for domestic and H-2A workers at "unconscionably" low levels.

Named plaintiffs Rodolfo Llacua and Esliper Huaman say in the complaint that the sheep ranching industry in the Western U.S. is dominated by ranchers who are members of the Western Range Association and Mountain Plains Agricultural Service and accused them of using the organizations to fix wages and eliminate a competitive market for shepherd labor.

"Because of this collusion, few domestic...

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