For Immediate Release
December 14, 2019
Contact: Gray Delany
Executive Director, Seasonal Employment Alliance
Valley Forge, PA. - On December 9, 2019, over 150 people, representing fifty-two Philadelphia area seasonal employers, held a mock lottery at the Valley Forge Casino to highlight the devastating impact, absent cap relief, the Department of Labor H-2B visa lottery will have on the 5,000+ small, seasonal employers who rely on the H-2B program to supplement their U.S. workforces during their peak seasons. The may to shall/Pingree language must be included in the upcoming spending bill on December 20th to save the 2020 season for seasonal employers. Click on the image below to watch the video of the event.
Over 5,000 companies nationally rely on the temporary, non-immigrant H-2B guest-worker program to supplement their U.S. workforces during their peaks seasons. The H-2B program is split into two halves, 33,000 for the first half (Oct.-March) and 33,000 for the second half (April-September). The first half cap was met three weeks earlier than last year forcing all seasonal employers with a date of need past mid-January to apply for the second half allotment. The demand for the April 1 visas is expected to exceed supply by four times.
To make matters worse, the Department of Labor has decided to move to a lottery system (or randomization process) to determine who will be awarded the visas. Those who do not get selected will be forced to cancel contracts, lay off full-time American workers and reduce equipment purchases. This will be a substantial hit to the national economy.
We need your help!
Small, seasonal employers and their American workers call on Congress to include the may to shall language in the upcoming government funding bill on December 20th. We ask that each Member of Congress make a personal request to Leadership to include the may to hall/Pingree language in the deal. The time to fix the H-2B program is before the impending January 2nd disaster!