Posts Tagged ‘H-2B’

Nov
2015
12

TX Building Trades Head Leads Charge to Cut Down H-2B Visa Abuse

TX Building Trades Head Leads Charge to Cut Down H-2B Visa Abuse
  The Houston Chronicle this week revealed the extent to which H-2B visas are being used in Texas and detailed the ways the Texas State Building and Construction Trades Council (TXBCTC) has been fighting against them on behalf of the region’s workers.  H-2B visas are granted to temporary foreign workers in cases when there are [&hellip…;
Aug
2015
13

Immigrants in U.S. on H-2b Visas Exposed to Asbestos in IL; $1.8M Fine Issued

Immigrants in U.S. on H-2b Visas Exposed to Asbestos in IL; $1.8M Fine Issued
  The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has fined Joseph Kehrer nearly $1.8 million for exposing foreign workers to asbestos without proper training, equipment, or instruction.  Keher is the owner of Kehrer Brothers Construction and a Kehrer-affiliated company, D7 Roofing, which hired the workers from Mexico to perform…
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Aug
2015
10

AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka Says Reforming Abusive Guestworker Visa Programs is Pro-Immigrant

AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka Says Reforming Abusive Guestworker Visa Programs is Pro-Immigrant
  In a recent op-ed for The Huffington Post, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka argues that demanding guestworker reform is, in fact, pro-immigrant.  As the debate on immigration continues on its path to nowhere, special interests are attempting to convince the public that the desire to reform broken visa programs is an anti-worker stance. But…
Jul
2015
2

Litigation Is Thy Fate: Lobbyists Continue to Do Everything in Their Power to Pay H-2B Workers Poorly

  It’s round two for industry groups and workers’ rights advocates as they move forward with litigation based on proposed rules to the H-2B visa program, which allows American companies to hire foreign workers for non-agricultural jobs when American workers cannot be found.  As we have noted in the past, the system is plagued by…
Apr
2015
30

Visa Vie: DOL, DHS Issue Another Interim Final Rule for H-2B Guest Worker Definitions, Protections

Visa Vie: DOL, DHS Issue Another Interim Final Rule for H-2B Guest Worker Definitions, Protections
    The Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have issued an interim final rule concerning H-2B visas, which will provide additional protections to both U.S. and foreign workers.  The new rule sets the methodology for determining prevailing wages for H-2B workers based on the Occupational Employment…
Nov
2014
14

Having Trouble Keeping Track of Our Most Abused Temp Worker Visas? Here are Two More.

Having Trouble Keeping Track of Our Most Abused Temp Worker Visas? Here are Two More.
  Tech companies are pushing the Obama administration to include the expansion of L-1 and F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa programs as part of the president’s proposed series of executive orders concerning immigration.  The two programs are subject to very little regulation and have received hardly any scrutiny despite being used…
Mar
2014
25

Take Me to Hire Ground: “Labor Shortage” Allegations Now Being Disputed in Asia, Too.

  There’s something happening here. And what it is, is…kind of becoming exactly clear. For the past few years, Canadian and American labor organizations from industries including construction have denied claims that a labor shortage exists in their respective countries. Therefore, they do not see a need for foreign workers to be…
Feb
2014
6

Court Decides H-2B Visas Should Be Protected by Prevailing Wages to Avoid Hurting American Workers

  The Third District Court of Appeals handed American workers a victory with their ruling in the case of Louisiana Forestry Association v. Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor.  The court found that the Department of Labor’s  wage regulation methodology is valid pertaining to H-2b visas, meaning the Department of Homeland Security must…
Jun
2013
25

Suit Claims Fiesta Shows’ H-2B Workers Were Forced Into 95-Hour Weeks, Paying for Their Own Travel

Suit Claims Fiesta Shows' H-2B Workers Were Forced Into 95-Hour Weeks, Paying for Their Own Travel
  A class action lawsuit is being brought forward by over 200 workers who allege they were victims of labor law and visa abuses while employed by carnival operator Fiesta Shows.   The workers, working under H-2B visas, say they were paid a weekly flat wage for 40 hours of work while logging closer to [&hellip…;
Jun
2013
21

Poll Suggests American Support for Guest Workers Varies by Industry, Demographics

  New numbers provided by the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll suggest that Americans want immigrants with skills, just not high-tech skills. The interesting numbers show that Americans support immigration for agricultural work, but not for sectors in which the most help is needed. As Congress…
May
2013
29

Bernie Sanders: If There’s a Worker Shortage Crisis, “Why Haven’t Wages Gone Up?”

Bernie Sanders: If There's a Worker Shortage Crisis,
  In a recent interview with Dylan Matthews of The Washington Post, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (D) described attempts for comprehensive immigration reform as “a massive effort to attract cheap labor.”  The immigration supporter takes exception to amendments offered by Senator Orrin Hatch that would alter guest worker program guidelines….