We have previously mentioned that Senator Grassley (R-IA), given his position as the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, will play an outsized role in determining the Senate’s version of H-2B cap relief. The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over the H-2B program. There are only about 30 H-2B employers in Iowa, meaning it is all the more important that each and every one of them informs their Members of Congress of the importance of the H-2B program to the their businesses and U.S. workforces. The unemployment rate in Iowa is 2.6%. This is the second lowest state unemployment rate in the nation! We have had difficulty in getting the Iowa employers engaged in our political advocacy efforts. We therefore took it upon ourselves to go to […]
The Iowa State Fair officially kicked-off last Thursday. With over 1 million people attending the fair each year, it is one of the most iconic and popular state fairs in the country. It is home to the famous Butter Cow. It has also inspired one novel, three motion pictures, and a Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical. But do you know that the future of the Iowa State Fair could be dramatically different if the government fails to address the chronic labor shortage issues for seasonal businesses? Close to two dozen vendors at the Iowa State Fair use the H-2B program. These employers collectively bring in over 300 H-2B workers each year. They would not be in business without the H-2B program and without the H-2B […]
On July 11th SEA hosted a Summer Crab Event outside the Capitol Hill Club. It was a tremendous success as staffers from over 125 offices stopped by the event to enjoy delicious crab cakes courtesy of Lindy’s Seafood. We were able to educate them on the importance of the H-2B program and the adverse economic impact the H-2B cap is having on seasonal businesses. In addition the event was covered by Roll Call, PBS NewsHour, and Politico.
The Seasonal Employment Alliance will be hosting our inaugural Annual Meeting June 6th and 7th in Chicago, IL. The meeting will be taking place at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel and Conference Center. The meeting presents an excellent opportunity to engage with other active H-2B program participants and give your input into our short-term and long-term strategies. The meeting is going to be jammed packed with interesting, informative and entertaining talks, presentations, discussions and panels. In addition to our meeting we have also set up a fun and casual fundraising event at Top Golf the night of the 6th. The cost of the ticket includes two hours of play and dinner (there will be a cash bar available) and all proceeds will go to the […]