Forest Resources Association (FRA), along with other business sectors that use migrant and seasonalguestworkers from abroad, are advocating that recent Department of Labor rulemakings regulating the program are replaced with more workable rules, serving the needs of contractors who useguestworkers for reforestation, forest management, and harvesting.
A total of 274 FRA members contacted Senate Appropriators to support including terms in the Senate Labor Appropriations bill to compel DOL to issue workable H-2B guestworker rules, with:
- a fair wage-setting formula;
- an exemption for workers who have been issued visas in the recent past from the 66,000-annual-worker cap on visas; and
- allowing entry of guestworkers within a flexible time frame.
Although it appears we have a bipartisan majority in the Senate Appropriations Committee for those terms, just before the scheduled vote, the Senate Appropriations Committee decided to delay action on the Labor Appropriations bill, and it is uncertain whether the Committee will report out a substantive bill (including those provisions), or merely a continuing resolution of current policy, prior to the November election.
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