WASHINGTON, D.C. - ANLA has been working with Congress to encourage the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Homeland Security (DHS) to rescind their interim final H-2B wage rule, which is placing severe hardship on landscape contractors that use the seasonal, non-agricultural visa program.
S.744, the immigration bill that passed the Senate in late June, included ANLA-supported language to bring fairness and clarity to the H-2B wage-setting process. ANLA is also pleased to announce that Reps. Wittman (R-VA) and Alexander (R-LA) recently introduced the "Save Our Seasons Act of 2013” (H.R. 2765). This legislation, which is similar to the wage language included in the Senate immigration bill, would require DOL to calculate prevailing wages using a methodology consistent with the one it had been using until DOL and DHS finalized the problematic new rule on April 24.
ANLA urges members and partners to sent letters to your Representative in the House and ask him or her to cosponsor H.R.2765. Their cosponsorship will help send a strong message to DOL and DHS that the existing rule is causing great economic stress on the landscape industry. For a full alert and sample letter, visit the ANLA Legislative Action site.