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Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, Conn., has been providing family fun in one form or another since 1908, but established itself as an actual amusement park after World War II. The venerable park once offered swimming, dancing, and a carousel; by 1937, Waterbury businessmen added paddleboats, restored the carousel, and offered roller skating in the massive open air dance hall. In 1952, Quassy purchased a complete set of Kiddyland rides from the Allan Herschell Company then located in North Tonawanda, N.Y. That was the beginning. From the ......[read more]
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Congressional leaders are working to negotiate a year end spending package in advance of Friday’s deadline. We need your help to make sure H-2B cap relief is part of any package. Please take action today to urge Congress to fix the cap, even if you have recently done so. Action today and tomorrow is critical.

Requested Actions:

1. Please click on the appropriate link below, set up by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, to send a letter to your Representative and two Senators urging them to support meaningful H-2B cap relief package in a final Department of Homeland Security Spending bill. Please also share these links with your colleagues and customers and encourage them to respond.

Send a letter as an H-2B employer – https://p2a.co/EBqHuei 
Send a letter as employee of a seasonal business — https://p2a.co/cmClTyn 
Send a letter as a customer of a seasonal business — https://p2a.co/ZOSf9G0 

2. Please call your Representative and two Senators and ask them to urge their party leaders to include meaningful H-2B cap relief in a final DHS appropriations bill. You can reach your elected officials through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to your Representative orSenator’s office ask to speak to the person who handles H-2B issues. Please make these calls today!

3. Tweet at your Senators and Representative using #SaveH2B. You can find their twitter addresses at: https://twitter.com/verified/lists/us-congress/members. Some sample tweets are below.
o H-2B Cap Hit! Pass cap relief now! #saveH2B
o Save American jobs. Pass H-2B cap relief now! #saveH2B
o The H-2B program relies on workers who come to the U.S. for seasonal work, tgo home. #saveH2B
o Every H-2B worker creates and sustains 4.64 American jobs. Pass H-2B cap relief now! #saveH2B
o #saveH2B and save American Jobs! Pass H-2B cap relief now!
o H-2B program = more American jobs. Pass H-2B cap relief now. #saveH2B
o H-2B workers support American jobs. Pass H-2B cap relief now! #saveH2B
o Save the spring and summer. Pass H-2B cap relief now! #saveH2B

Background:

Congress is the process of negotiating a final Fiscal 2019 Department of Homeland Security Spending bill. This legislation must be completed by December 21, in order to avoid a government shut down. President Trump and Congressional Democrats continue to fight over funding for a southern border wall and other issues. We are not certain of the final form that a year-end spending package will take or if there will be a short-term government shutdown, but we do know that whatever spending bill materializes from the ongoing negotiations between the President and Congress must include H-2B cap relief. This spending package is the only opportunity for Congress to fix the H-2B cap this year before the bulk H-2B petitions are submitted to the Department of Labor on January 1. It is essential that Senators and Representatives who support H-2B program speak to their party leaders today. Please urge your lawmakers to act today.

Thanks for all of your help to #saveH2B.

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Posted by: H2B Workforce Coalition on 12/18/2018

UPDATE FROM JKJ WORKFORCE - DECEMBER 12, 2018

On December 7th, the deadline to pass the bill, Congress passed a 2-week CR (Continuing Resolution) whereby they simply extended last years budget by 2 weeks to December 21, 2018. 

Now, as the rhetoric increases to become more and more hateful on both sides over Border Wall Funding, instead of both sides sitting down and actually working on a solution it has all become political theatre at its very worse, and they are talking about passing another CR (Continuing Resolution) until the end of the fiscal year.  If that happens, that probably means no cap relief in any form.

If your starting date of need is prior to April 1, 2019 and you have NOT received a receipt notice from USCIS then you are probably capped out.  If your date of need is April 1, 2019 or after, then the probability that you will get workers is from 20% to 30%, unless Congress takes action to pass a DHS Appropriations Bill that has some form of H-2B cap relief in it for FY19.

Call to Action

Congress is the process of negotiating a final Fiscal 2019 Department of Homeland Security Spending bill. This legislation must be completed by December 21, in order to avoid a government shut down. We need Congress to include H-2B cap relief in this legislation and we need your help to make sure that happens.

A group of lawmakers including Senators Tillis (R-NC) and Rounds (R-SD) and Rep. Harris (R-MD) have negotiated an H-2B package that would: permanently double the annual H-2B cap to 132,000 visas and require the Department of Labor to report to Congress every two years about whether or not the cap should be increased or decreased based on economic need; Allow some agricultural related industries to access the uncapped H-2A program, including forestry and conservation-related services relating primarily to the cultivation, installation, and establishment of horticultural commodities; Provide for proportional and quarterly allocations of H-2B visa so that businesses have access to workers regardless of their dates of need; Preserve access to the program for compliant seasonal employers; Provide access to needed temporary workers involved in disaster and recovery efforts; Increase fines and penalties for bad actors; Require employers who use the program to verify the work eligibility of recently hired and newly hired employees; and  eliminate the costly newspaper advertising requirement and replace it with a requirement to list jobs through an online Department of Labor job registry.

Requested Actions:
1. Please click on the appropriate link below, set up by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, to send a letter to your Representative and two Senators urging them to support the Tillis/Harris H-2B cap relief package in a final Department of Homeland Security Spending bill. Please also share these links with your colleagues and encourage them to respond.

SEND A LETTER AS AN EMPLOYER: 
https://p2a.co/WfSqDlb

SEND A LETTER AS AN EMPLOYEE:
https://p2a.co/99naAO7

2. Please call your Representative and two Senators and ask them to urge their party leaders to include the Tillis/Harris H-2B package in a final DHS appropriations bill. You can reach your elected officials through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to your Representative or Senator’s office ask to speak to the person who handles H-2B issues. Please make these calls today!

Current 2019 H2B Cap Situation Reported by JKJ Workforce:

According to Jim Judkins of JKJ Workforce, The DHS has not made an official announcement yet, but he assumes that the first half of the cap hit on December 6, 2018.

If your company has not received a USCIS Receipt number, there is a good chance that your company has been capped out for the first half of the year.
If your company is capped out/and or is part of the second half of the year, statistically there is only about a 25% chance that you will make it over the finish line and get H-2B workers, UNLESS CONGRESS TAKES ACTION.

Now, if you are OK for 2019 -- have a receipt or approval -- unless CONGRESS TAKES ACTION NOW -- the chance that there will be any legislation for the next 2 years hovers around ZERO.

So - EVERYONE EVERYONE EVERYONE -- please follow the steps outlined by the H-2B Coalition as detailed below -- please do this once a day until Congress passes the bill on the 21st.

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Posted by: H2B Workforce Coalition / MCW / JKJ Workforce on 12/12/2018
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