Officials from the U.S. Consulate General in Nogales, Mexico, met yesterday with Western Growers members in Yuma to seek ways to better serve the H-2A-user community. Participants from the Consulate, included: Consul General, Christopher Teal; Vice Consul, Leshawna Johnson; and Public Relations staffer, Erika Munoz Burgos.

Jeff Janas

The Agricultural Personnel Management Association’s  (APMA) Conference for Human Resource, Labor and Safety Professionals in the Agricultural Industry is just around the corner! The conference will feature keynotes and workshops on topics related to human resource management and employer practices.

Among the speakers are WG Vice President and General Counsel Jason Resnick and Sr. Vice President Human Resources Karen Timmins who will be speaking about the H-2A Program and talent development, respectively.

Today, December 22, 2015, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) issued its Federal Register Notice to announce the 2016 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs). The notice applies to the employment of temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H–2A workers) to perform agricultural labor or services.

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Western Growers has been the leading agricultural organization in advocating for a comprehensive immigration reform solution that includes legalizing the status of currently falsely-documented farmworkers and a new guest worker visa program to ensure future flows of labor. With many members increasingly turning to the H-2A program to meet their labor needs, Western Growers has elevated H-2A reform as a top public policy priority.

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