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  • Thu, January 10, 2019 7:03 PM | Deleted user

    On The Earie     
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    Lee Stevens was sitting at one of what he referred to as one of my favorite watering holes, Showtown USA, in Gibsonton, Fla., when I contacted him about the [read more]

  • Thu, January 03, 2019 6:33 PM | Deleted user

    Immediate H-2B Action Needed! #saveH2B

    The 116th Congress will be sworn in this afternoon.  We need your immediate help to urge your Representative and Senators to demand that DOL resume H-2B filing and that Congress takes swift action to fix the H-2B cap.  

    As you are well aware, the iCERT online filing system crashed right after midnight on January 1st, preventing H-2B filing for the second half of the fiscal year. According to DOL, “the U.S. Department of Labor iCERT system had an unprecedented demand for H-2B certifications with more than 97,800 workers requested in pending applications for 33,000 visas.”

    We continue to work with DOL and Congress to urge swift action and get additional information about when filing will resume. We will pass along information as it becomes available and also encourage you to monitor the iCERT website.

    Further, Congress and the President are continuing negotiations to re-open the government. While there currently does not appear to be a clear path forward, it is essential that immediate cap relief be included in any agreement. Cap relief will only happen if your elected officials hear from you.

    Requested Actions:

    • 1.   Please call your Representative and two Senators and ask them to: 1) urge DOL to immediately fix the iCERT system and resume H-2B processing; and 2) pass immediate H-2B cap relief to ensure that you have access to needed seasonal labor this spring and summer. You can reach your elected officials through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to your Representative or Senator’s office ask to speak to the person who handles H-2B issues. Please make these calls today! 
    • 2.   Please click on the link below to send a letter to your Representative and two Senators urging immediate cap relief and an immediate resumption of H-2B filing. Please also share this link with your colleagues and encourage them to respond. 
    • Send letters to your Representative and Senators
    • 3.    Tweet at your Senators and Representative using #SaveH2B. You can find their twitter addresses at: https://twitter.com/verified/lists/us-congress/members. Some sample tweets are below.
    • H-2B filing system crashed due to overwhelming need.  Pass H-2B cap relief now. #saveH2Band save American jobs.
    • H-2B Cap Hit! Pass cap relief now! #saveH2B
    • Save American jobs.  Pass H-2B cap relief now! #saveH2B
    • The H-2B program relies on workers who come to the U.S. for seasonal work, then go home.  #saveH2B
    • Every H-2B worker creates and sustains 4.64 American jobs. Pass H-2B cap relief now! #saveH2B
    •   #saveH2B and save American Jobs! Pass H-2B cap relief now!
    •  H-2B program = more American jobs. Pass H-2B cap relief now. #saveH2B
    •   H-2B workers support American jobs. Pass H-2B cap relief now! #saveH2B
    • ·     Save the spring and summer. Pass H-2B cap relief now!  #saveH2
    • Thanks for your continued outreach to Congress.  
    • Your H-2B Workforce Coalition Co-Chairs,
    • Laurie Flanagan, representing AmericanHort and the National Association of Landscape Professionals
    • Gregg Hartley, representing the Outdoor Amusement Business Association
    • Brian Crawford, American Hotel and Lodging Association


  • Thu, January 03, 2019 6:23 PM | Deleted user

    Animal Issues Legislative Update  [read more]

  • Thu, January 03, 2019 5:22 PM | Deleted user

    Greg Chiecko Named OABA President & CEO

    Greg Chiecko, a results-oriented proven leader with extensive and diverse experience in the outdoor amusement business and fair industry has been selected by the OABA Board to lead the mobile amusement industry’s trade association. 

    Winter Park, Florida – The board of directors of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA) announces that Greg Chiecko, of Chicopee, MA, has been named President and CEO, effective February 1, 2019. Chiecko is currently Director of Sales at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA, home of The Big E, the nation’s sixth largest fair.

    This announcement follows a comprehensive executive search process conducted by the OABA’s Organization Committee with assistance from a local talent management firm, Strickland Associates, following President Bob Johnsons announcement of his intent to retire after 24 years at the helm of the OABA.

    “Greg’s diverse professional, industry experience, proven leadership and business acumen gained at Eastern States Exposition coupled with his affable leadership style, make him the ideal CEO,” said Jay Strates, Chair of the OABA.  “This is an opportune time for Greg to join the OABA and work with our Board to accomplish our strategic goals as we approach the 55th year serving our members.  I believe Greg’s steady and thoughtful approach is exactly what we need to ensure the ongoing success and growth of this trade association.”

    Chiecko is no stranger to carnivals and fairs, as he has overseen midway operations at The Big E, hosted industry fundraisers and regularly attended OABA events, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) expos and the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) where he served as a Board member and chaired several committees. His leadership in the New England Association of Amusement Parks (NEAAPA), the Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs Association (MAFA), plus his local civic and philanthropic leadership has given him the experience to take complex issues with diverse individual opinions and facilitate discussions, resulting in mutually beneficial compromises and action.

    I am extremely honored to be named president and CEO by the OABA Board of Directors,” Chiecko said. “I look forward to working with, and listening to, the many talented individuals in our industry in order to provide an association that fulfills the needs of its members.  After my 24-year career with Eastern States Exposition I am ready to utilize my skills and experience in the carnival, fair, circus and concessions business to benefit the outdoor amusement industry. My priorities will be to strengthen the communications and relationships between carnivals and fairs in order to forge
    long lasting and mutually beneficial relationships, continue to improve regulatory advocacy, member services, fundraising and networking opportunities.”

    About the OABA 
    The Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA) was founded in 1965 to serve the mobile amusement industry and has become the largest trade association representing carnivals, circuses, concessionaires, independent ride owners and others who serve fairs, festivals and events in the US and Canada.

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  • Thu, January 03, 2019 5:15 PM | Deleted user

    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  
    (dollars per gallon)

              Change from
      12/17/18 12/24/18 12/31/18   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.121 3.077 3.048   values are down -0.029 values are up 0.075
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.165 3.132 3.110   values are down -0.022 values are up 0.130
    New England (PADD1A) 3.276 3.237 3.234   values are down -0.003 values are up 0.224
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.342 3.310 3.286   values are down -0.024 values are up 0.135
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.021 2.987 2.965   values are down -0.022 values are up 0.111
    Midwest (PADD2) 3.018 2.944 2.907   values are down -0.037 values are down -0.028
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.900 2.869 2.841   values are down -0.028 values are up 0.067
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.178 3.110 3.071   values are down -0.039 values are up 0.090
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.604 3.588 3.562   values are down -0.026 values are up 0.201
    West Coast less California 3.313 3.281 3.246   values are down -0.035 values are up 0.173
    California 3.835 3.832 3.813   values are down -0.019 values are up 0.223
    *prices include all taxes

    *prices from www.eia.org

  • Thu, January 03, 2019 4:41 PM | Deleted user

     Site was temporary unavailable due to server

    Just received this letter from Senator Blunt’s staff at the Labor HHS approps subcommittee...[read letter] Gregg

    Gregg Hartley | Executive Vice Chair & CEO
    Husch Blackwell Strategies

  • Thu, January 03, 2019 2:21 PM | Deleted user

    On The Earie    
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    Wayne McCary, former president of The Eastern States Exposition and the Big E, West Springfield, Mass., who was the first fair manager to become OABA chairman...[read more]

  • Thu, December 20, 2018 4:58 PM | Deleted user

    Show makes substantial investment in winter-quarter upgrade
    Monday, December 17, 2018 

    Frazier Shows has had a busy season, with their 2018 route... [read more]

  • Thu, December 20, 2018 4:50 PM | Deleted user

    The State Fair of Texas just got approval to remain in Fair Park for another 20 years. But the decision was not without controversy. [read more]

  • Thu, December 20, 2018 4:44 PM | Deleted user

    This week's legislative update...[read more]

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