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Right now, we have our best opportunity to secure H-2B cap relief before Spring 2018

Thursday, November 2, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Some of you will jump immediately into action—and we thank you!

Others of you are ready to delete this message. Before you move on to your next email, give us two minutes to explain why your help is needed and why, even if you aren't an H-2B employer, you should care.

Whether or not seasonal employers have access to enough worker visas to meet expected demand is up to Congress, and will be determined in the next several weeks. All horticulture industry employers and suppliers are affected by this program, and must mobilize to convince Congress to provide H-2B cap relief. Seasonal worker shortages harm the economic vitality of the entire industry.

The federal government is operating under a short-term funding resolution that expires December 8. Both the House and Senate have been working on "omnibus" spending bills to fund the government from December through September, 2018. This is the best and likely the last legislative vehicle to provide urgently-needed cap relief to ensure enough H-2B visas for the spring season.

FACT: Landscape installation and maintenance businesses use more H-2B visas than any other sector of the economy.

The program is also critical to many other types of seasonal businesses, such as seafood processors, resorts, and amusement parks. Only 66,000 visas are provided each year, at a time when the Labor Department recently reported that there are 6.17 million job openings in the U.S., which employers are struggling to fill! Seasonal jobs are inherently less attractive to most American workers, who typically seek full-time and year-round employment.

Though this is a steep uphill battle, it is critical that an omnibus spending fix includes H-2B program visa cap relief.

ACTION NEEDED: Please take a moment now to urge your elected officials to help provide urgent temporary relief, and to also signal your support for bills in both the Senate and the House that would address this perennial crisis permanently.

 

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