On October 29, FRA reforestation and land management members, along with representatives from other sectors dependent on the H-2B seasonal and itinerant guestworker visa program, joined together to tell Congress why the newly adopted H-2B Wage Rule is unworkable and to weigh in about what we like and don’t like about Senate and House Immigration Reform proposals.
Thanks to Michael Economopoulos (Progressive Solutions LLC), Wade Zaharie (Alpha Services LLC), Cari Frock (Marshfield Forest Service), and John Enlow (Rayonier), as well as over 45 contractors, association people, and DC-based representatives from the forestry, landscaping, hospitality, carnival, and golf-course maintenance sectors--for a total of 49 visits to Senate and House offices.
We focused on:
Altogether, the forestry cohort completed 18 office visits. We will be following up!
FRA appreciates the leadership of Laurie Ann Flanagan, co-chair of the H-2B Workforce Coalition, for organizing this event. Together we represented a strong unified message that was delivered directly to key policy makers on Capitol Hill.
Deb Hawkinson, President
Forest Resources Association