The Seasonal Employment Alliance (SEA) was founded in 2017 as the successor to the Small and Seasonal Business Legal Center.
SEA’s primary focus is the application of persistent grassroots advocacy of Congress and the Trump 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 believe that SEA has been tremendously effective in its mission to increase the grassroots activities of H-2B stakeholders. We were successful in helping obtain substantial H-2B cap relief language in the FY19 House DHS baseline bill, the first time in four years. This forced the issue in the Senate, leading to the Tillis/Harris language. If the Republicans had passed the DHS bill in December there was a strong likelihood the Tillis/Harris language would have been included. SEA invested a substantial amount of time and resources in this negotiation especially the CSE language. The CSE language would have provided preferential treatment to past users of the program and instituted quarterly and proportional (if program is oversubscribed) allocation of visas. Unfortunately the government shut down and the Republicans allowed the Democrats to gain leverage on the DHS bill by letting them run the clock out.
We will continue to advocate to improve the dependability, efficiency and long-term viability of the H-2B Program