Ensuring dependable access to migrant and seasonal guestworkers for treeplanting and other forest management tasks is a high priority for FRA. However, three years ago, the federal Department of Labor began promulgating new, unworkable rules governing the H-2B guestworker visa program.
Rep. Andy Harris (R-Maryland) has just introduced a comprehensive H-2B guestworker reform proposal (HR 4238), which would put the program back on reasonable ground. It would restore a workable “prevailing wage” formula, lift the “cap” on H-2B visas for returning H-2B workers, allow “staggered entry” of workers throughout the season, and set guidelines for H-2B employers’ reimbursement of workers’ travel expenses.
Please send a message to your House member, urging him or her to co-sponsor HR 4238. Click hereto go to FRA’s “Write Your Legislators” module, and:
- enter your name and voting address
- review a letter template,
- revise it if you like, and
- select “send” to send it electronically to the House member corresponding to your voting address.
It’s that easy!
More background on the bill and reference links are available in the module.
Please act soon, since the House Appropriations process is already in motion!