As a component of the House of Representatives’ immigration reform proposal, on July 19, 2013, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Virginia) introduced the Save Our Seasons Act of 2013 (HR 2765), to determine a fair wage formula for foreign itinerant and seasonal workers who work legally in the U.S. under the H-2B visa program. Among the H-2B workers affected are foreign seasonal workers employed by reforestation contractors in the handplanting of trees.
The Save Our Seasons Act establishes a wage formula similar to that established by President Bush’s Labor Department by regulation in 2008. This 2008 rule proved fair and workable, but the Department of Labor replaced it with a revised rule in 2011 and—when that rule was blocked by Congress while being challenged in court—again replaced it with an “emergency” rule in the spring of 2013. The purpose of the Save Our Seasons Act is to enact a workable rule by statute.
Please use FRA’s “Write Your Legislators” module at this link to send an e-mailed message to your House member, urging him or her to support and co-sponsor the Save Our Seasons Act, so that it obtains the House Judiciary Committee’s endorsement and eventually receives support on the House floor. Please feel free to revise the template to express your own concerns and experiences—or just send it in its existing form. This way of letting your House member hear from constituents is both easy and effective.