H-2B Employer Fly-In set for 3/14

March 6, 2017 -  By

A coalition of H-2B advocates has slated the H-2B Employer Capitol Hill Fly-In for March 14. The goal is to discuss the hardships the H-2B guest-worker visa program faces with members of Congress.

“Right now, H-2B is under attack from all sides and employers are being treated unfairly,” said Patrick Wilson, government relations/account manager with PES, a Frisco, Texas-based recruiting agency. “Many businesses are in danger of being negatively affected in 2017 because they will not be receiving their workers, and there is no reason that legal employers should be hurt when illegal employers are never held accountable.”

Organizers, including executives from PES, Amigos Labor Solutions and Action Visa Assistance, recommend attendees arrive March 13, the night before the Fly-In. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. on March 14 in room H-137 of the Capitol Building. After a briefing, attendees will break into groups to attend meetings, which Wilson is scheduling, with their officials.

Employers and parties interested in participating may RSVP by emailing Wilson at pwilson@pesusa.com.

“As it stands right now, we have many clients that are at risk of being ‘caught in the cap,'” Wilson said. “Even if you are not at risk, this Fly-In will be the most influential way to get your point across and will be the only hope of receiving your workers for 2017. We need to end this annual struggle and find cap relief, once and for all.”

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Marisa Palmieri is an experienced Green Industry editor who's won numerous awards for her coverage of the landscape and golf course markets from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA), the Press Club of Cleveland and the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In 2007, ASBPE named her a Young Leader. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, cum laude, from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism.

5 Comments on "H-2B Employer Fly-In set for 3/14"

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  1. Billy Krause says:

    Coming for this. What hotel is everyone staying?

    • Hi Bill,

      Excited to have you! At the moment, there are no specific hotels everyone is staying at. It is up to you. I am staying at the Mayflower in D.C., our President is staying at Trump Hotel, and others will be staying elsewhere.

  2. Philip Voida says:

    All we need to know is who are the members of congress under whom to turn up the heat.

  3. Greg Odhner says:

    I’ll be there, too.
    Let’s get a good turnout!

  4. David Crain says:

    You want to talk in fair…. How about a two thirds pay cut ? Ya that’s what american carnival ride Foreman have faced over the last 15 years ,we have seen our wages decrease and the expectations of the owners increase ,I have personally witnessed a twenty something South African with 1 year experience placed in a supervisory position over an American worker with 20 + years experience further more the American worker then be told he would be held personality responseable for any mistakes made by the South African “supervisor” making the experienced American worker the defacto supervisor at less than half pay … Complain and you are fired …
    At the same time owners now don’t take one Bahama vacation a year they now take three and go on safari in SA and hunt the big five …Yes the poor poor owners