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Workers Trickle In, But Permanent Fixes to H-2B System Still Out of Reach

Mon, July 08, 2019 6:50 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

Some are better than none, even if you don't know when. For Carnival companies coping with a labor shortage due to a combination of political and processing issues, by early and mid-June – long anticipated H-2B workers began arriving to at fairs, festivals and other events across the country. 

Companies are getting most of the H-2B workers they've requested and these workers are trickling in.  Even though they're often uncertain as to exactly when workers will arrive, when the entire amount of their request will be filled – and no one knows if they will be able to depend on a stable foreign guest worker force next year – carnival companies are overjoyed with relief that H-2B workers are coming in time to save their season.

At 2 AM on June 13, 41 H-2b workers arrived in Maine via a chartered bus from Mexico.  Smokey's Greater Shows had filed for 55 visas, but given the very likely possibility that for much of this year the number of seasonal foreign workers for this carnival company could be zero, carnival owner Robbie Driskill could not complain. “We are getting them for the opening [of the Auburn Fair in Auburn, Maine) and we're very thankful.”

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