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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 02:00 AM


H-2B visa program update

Below is an urgent call-to-action from National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)--with additional resources added for Colorado. If you're on Twitter, you can also help by retweeting ALCC (@COGreenNOW). We'll be tweeting our support all day.

Today, landscape professionals from across the country will be in DC to send a strong message to Congress that H-2B is a vitally important program that allows companies to hire seasonal workers and sustain American jobs. If you are coming to the H-2B fly-in today, thank you. Talking points will be provided for you during the 9-10 am briefing in room 325 Russell Senate Office Building.

Can’t make it to DC? We still need you to participate in H-2B Advocacy Day by doing the following today:

Call your two Senators and your Representative. [See a contact list here. ] If you do not know their direct numbers, you can reach them through the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 225-3121. Once connected to the office, ask to speak to the person who handles H-2B issues and tell him or her how important the H-2B program is to you. Ask them to:‬‬‬‬

  • ‬‬Renew for fiscal 2017 the H-2B returning worker exemption and regulatory relief that was included in Fiscal 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
  • Ask your Senators to cosponsor S. 2225, the bipartisan “Save our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act.”
  • ‬‬Ask your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 3918, the “Strengthen Employment and Seasonal Opportunities Now (SEASON) Act” and H.R. 2758, the “Seasonal Labor for Job Creators Act.”
  • ‪If your elected officials have sponsored H-2B legislation, written letters in support of the program, or assisted you with H-2B processing issues, say “thank you” and encourage them to keep up the fight.
  • Tweet about the need to renew the H-2B returning worker exemption. Encourage Congress to Act by using #SaveH2B and directing tweets at your elected officials. Please also re-tweet H-2B Workforce Coalition tweets.
  • Encourage your employees, co-workers, customers and other local businesses to call and tweet their elected officials.
Twitter Tips: Sample Tweets:
  • Knowing what to expect is everything in business. Renew the returning worker exemption. #SaveH2B 
  • ‬‬Why reinvent the wheel? Renew the returning worker exemption. #SaveH2B
  • Returning workers sustain American jobs. Renew the returning worker exemption. #SaveH2B‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • ‬‬82% of H-2B visa workers are returning workers – proof that they are treated well. #SaveH2B‬‬‬‬‬
  • The H-2B program relies on workers who come to the US for seasonal employment, then go home. These workers are not immigrants. #SaveH2B‬‬
  • Dept of Labor regulations and State Workforce Agency oversight ensure that businesses must hire American workers first. #SaveH2B
  • The H-2B program protects American workers. DOL backlogs are killing small businesses though. #SaveH2B
  • Join the campaign to make the H-2B Visa program work for small American businesses and their customers at #SaveH2B
  • Get the facts about #H2B Visas. Protecting, creating & sustaining full-time American jobs is smart policy. #SaveH2B
  • Fact: H-2B workers account for less than 1/10 of 1% of U.S employment. #SaveH2B

Thank you in advance for your support on this vitally important issue. With your help we will send a message in support of H-2B to Congress that resonates through the halls on Capitol Hill!

Paul T. Mendelsohn
Vice President Government Relations
National Association of Landscape Professionals

Previously on the LAB:
H-2B fly-in May 18th
H-2B update for March 29, 2016
Cap on H-2B visa petitions has been reached for the first half of 2016
Senator Bennet supports employers that use H-2B
VIDEO: H-2B in two minutes

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