Western Growers’ 7th Annual Professional Compensation and HR Practices Survey is now open! WG members can start inputting their data on the Survey website.

Data collected will help you attract and retain the best employees in in California and Arizona’s produce industry by providing you with data needed keep your compensation competitive. By participating in the surveys, you will receive these valuable results at no cost (a nearly $2,000 value!). Your participation also qualifies you for a chance to win a 16GB iPad Air® 2.

Stephanie Thara

In a recent survey of our members who use the H-2A program, more than half experienced delays in getting their workers last year. This year, with the influx of H-2B visa applications at the Department of Labor (DOL), and the greater overall demand for the H-2A program, there is a real concern that H-2A visa applications will be substantially delayed as the harvest season approaches for many of our members.

Jeff Janas

Last week, Western Growers sent an Action Alert to members asking them to contact their respective assembly members as soon as possible and urge a NO vote on Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) farmworker overtime bill (AB 2757). A follow-up Action Alert will be sent out next week to those who have not acted reminding them to take action on this important matter.  

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