A provision letting temporary guest workers on H-2B visas count as “returning workers,” and thereby avoid a cap on the visas, was excluded from the stop-gap funding bill making its way through Congress in December, 2016. (The H-2B program allows U.S. employers or U.S. agents who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary nonagricultural jobs.) The H-2B Workforce Coalition said in a statement, having noted that the group was “extremely disappointed that Congress allowed the 2016 H-2B returning worker exemption to expire.”
Currently, many companies in the Outdoor Amusement Industry in Ohio and across the country are continuing the fight to keep the H-2B visa program. Congressman Steve Chabot is Chair of the House Committee on Small Business and serves as well on the House Judiciary Committee. Not only is he an active supporter of the H-2B employer community, last congress he was the lead original cosponsor of HR 3918, the House side reform authorizing bill for H-2B.
The number one thing you can do is contact YOUR representative. Chabot is spearheading this effort, but he needs support from others in Congress.
Visit these links to find out who you should contact:
When you call, please ask them to support the returning worker's exemption.
It is my opinion that it is of utmost importance that we continue to support the H-2B issue for the industry as a whole.
Thank you for your support,
Jo Ellen Albanese
President **The OABA PAC has committed $5000 to this event. Would hope a number of you would also commit to support this event, and attend if possible.**