The Seasonal Employment Alliance (SEA) was established in 2017. SEA’s primary focus is the application of persistent grassroots advocacy of Congress and the Administration. SEA has spearheaded the grassroots effort to communicate to Congress the critical labor needs of our members, including driving and arranging Hill meetings with SEA members’ Representatives, summarizing and disseminating the intelligence gained back to our members, and importantly – driving the appropriate follow up with every member of Congress. SEA created and maintains a comprehensive database that tracks these efforts. This information allows us to better hold our Members of Congress accountable and more precisely directs our lobbying activities.

Our revamped organization, and the H-2B industry, now has a dedicated, first-class support team whose sole focus is the application of persistent, grassroots oriented H-2B advocacy. Significantly increasing H-2B program user participation in our advocacy efforts is a priority for our new organization and is essential to achieving both short-term and long-term program reforms including cap relief.

We have made tremendous progress since SEA was founded in late 2017 including:

  • Doubled the number of supporters of the H-2B program in the House and Senate;
    • Number of signatories on pro-H-2B House letters have increased from 40-50 to over 100;
    • Number of signatories on pro-H-2B Senate letters have increased from 15 or 20 signatories to 35-40;
  • Obtained a record 199 signatories on the January 27, 2020 bicameral letter to Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf;
    • 151 House members;
    • 38 Senators;
  • Obtained cap relief language in the last six House Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) appropriations bills;
  • Convinced the Biden Administration to release an additional 55,000 visas for FY22, including, for the first time ever, 20,000 towards the first half cap;
  • Negotiated Returning Worker Exemption for FY22 with the Labor International Union of North America. Language was agreed to too late to make it into the FY22 omnibus but this was the first time we have been successful in getting a labor union to the negotiation table. This is the direct result of our grassroots outreach which has forced the unions hand. 

We will continue to advocate to improve the dependability, efficiency and long-term viability of the H-2B Program.