HARRISBURG - Governor Corbett recently sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation supporting agriculture’s need for legal immigrant labor. Last season, H-2A immigrant labor was delayed in getting to Pennsylvania growers by the U.S. Department of Labor due to bureaucratic snafus.
In the letter Corbett urged Congress to fix the H-2A guest worker program along six principles:
Simplified application processes, decreased paperwork and expedited decisions;
Flexibility in when workers are available to meet fluctuations in harvest times and varying weather conditions;
Longer term program that allows agriculture to better plan for its workforce needs, rather than the last-minute emergency nature of the current H-2A program;
Elimination of the current cap on the H-2A program. The current cap allows fewer workers than are needed;
The program should allow for continuity in established employee-employer relationships from year to year;
Guest workers are needed year-round in some agriculture industries such as dairy.
A copy of the letter can be downloaded by clicking here.