Date: Oct 17, 2013
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As reported in Tuesday’s Spotlight, Western Growers and its members have been anticipating what the end of the government shutdown would mean to Arizona and California growers who are heavily dependent on H-2A workers to harvest winter vegetables.

The government shutdown is now over, but that is just the end of one problem and the beginning of another for our members.  Furloughed federal workers will be welcomed by a backlog of pending H-2A applications and a delay is inevitable if the Obama Administration does nothing to expedite the processing.   

To highlight this issue in the media, WG issued a press release this morning.  We have already received numerous inquiries from media.  WG’s DC staff continues to work with congressional members and staff and administration officials on a solution to expedite the processing of the applications.       

About the Author

Wendy Fink-Weber

Communications professional Wendy Fink-Weber has more than 25 years of high level media relations experience. She joined Western Growers as the Director of Communications in January, 2008. Wendy was promoted to Senior Director of Communications in July, 2011. 

Wendy most recently worked as a communications consultant handling media relations, public affairs, marketing and public relations projects for multiple clients, including the Professional Fiduciaries Association of California; University of California, Irvine, School of Social Ecology; The National Water Research Institute; Rainbow Environmental Services Company; and a number of health care providers such as Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center. 

Prior to starting her consulting practice, Wendy worked as the Public Information Officer at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif.; Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education and Deputy Press Secretary to First Lady Nancy Reagan, Executive Office of the President at The White House. 

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