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On the night of Sunday, October 1, 2017, a lone gunman fired more than 1,100 rounds on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and 851 injured. Investigations into the incident later found the assailant reserved a hotel room that overlooked the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park in Chicago. No motive for the attack has yet been released, and tragically, the incident was far from the last mass shooting in the U.S. Mass shootings are a topic of national ......[read more]
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According to Calveras County Fairground CEO Laurie Giannini, attendance hopped up this year over last at the annual Calveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee. The event is one of the oldest in California, dating back to 1893. The frog jumping event claimed the fair as it’s lily pad back in 1928, and has remained, as Giannini puts it, “a very popular attraction.” The fair works hard, Giannini says, to blend a strong mix of regional exhibits, livestock events, arena events - from live music to crashing car action, ......[read more]
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The following is an update on the current status of the popular H2B Foreign Guest Worker Program from Jim Judkins of JKJ Workforce:

You may have all of the temporary seasonal workers you need for FY18 or you may be shut out and struggling.

If you have your workers and your date of need is not until early 2019, you may feel that you can focus on your business and the H-2B cap and resolution of the problem is not your problem or something that can wait until next year.

WRONG.

After you read this please do NOT call me and say “but what about my company”. This applies to all companies and I do not have time to repeat the message over and over, we will do everything we can to get all of our clients across the finish line no matter what the situation is, but we cannot make any promises.

Unless Congress takes action the 2019 filing season will be a TRAIN WRECK and we cannot guarantee anything.
Why?

Watch the news.  Unemployment rate lowest in 42 years.  There are more jobs open than workers ready, willing and able to fill them – first time since they have been keeping records.  Border Security and ICE raids on businesses have made it much more difficult for those businesses that have not been following the law to look for legal methods to hire the workers they need – and the H-2B program is the only game in town – whether they will comply with the program or not is another question…

Predictions.  if Congress does not take action...
Last year first half cap hit on December 15, 2017. This year the cap will hit before September 1, 2018.
Last year first half cap hit on February 27, 2018. This year the second cap will hit by February 1, 2019.

There will be applications for certifications from DOL of at least 250,000 slots for 66,000 visas… meaning that any employers chance of obtaining their workers is will only be about 25%.

Once again, do not call me and ask what I can do for your company. We will do everything we can for all of our clients – every single client is important – but unless Congress takes action to both increase the cap and to protect those employers who have been in the program for the last 3 years, then all bets are off.

CALL TO ACTION
The situation is not going to get better until Congress takes action. Congress will not take action until a critical mass of Senators and Representatives are in support of the H-2B program.

This will only happen if H-2B employers, their suppliers, sponsors, business associates and US employees continue constant contact with their members of Congress, continue to put a face on the H-2B issue. It does not matter if you have all of your workers or have none of your workers for 2018. It is going to get worse and worse and worse unless Congress takes action.

I cannot stress how important it is that you have a relationship with your members of Congress and his/her staff. When I say your members of Congress I mean your single member of the US House of Representative and your two members of the US Senate. A relationship is that you visit their office, you stay in touch with them, you continue to contact them on a monthly basis and they know who you are, what your business is, and that your primary issue is the H-2B temporary seasonal worker program. For your member of congress you become the face of H-2B.

Please continue to stay in touch with your members of Congress letting them know that we need a permanent fix to the H-2B problem that is either cap-free (based upon economic conditions) or with a more reasonable cap that is automatically indexed to economic conditions.

What is the message to your members of Congress?
     1) Let them know who you are, that you are a voter, business owner and generator of jobs for US Workers in their district.
     2) That you need to supplement your US Workforce (and never say anything bad about any US Worker) with temporary seasonal workers, and these workers are critical to keeping you in business and allowing you to provide the jobs for your US Workers.
     3) USCIS has only released 15,000 of the 69,000 visas authorized by Congress and they need to release more; and
     4) (Most importantly) Tell your member to reach out to Leadership and that we need true H-2B Cap Relief in the 2019 Appropriations bills and we need a permanent fix to the problem. The attached letters can be furnished to your members of Congress.

I am an agent/founding member/secretary-treasurer of the Seasonal Employment Alliance organization and believe that all H-2B employers should become members and become active in the organization. The annual fee for membership is $10 per H-2B worker and is a wise investment in the future of the H-2B program. For more information on the organization and to become a member go to: https://sealabor.com/

If you do not have time to sign up online, simply send me your business check, made out to Seasonal Employment Alliance for $10/per H-2B worker and I will sign you up.

SEA had language that has been prepared for Congressional Action that raises the cap, includes an escalator clause and protects legitimate, recurrent, employers who have been in the program and compliant with the program for a period of time.

I would strongly suggest that you all become SEA members, receive and read our emails, and become a grassroots force for change.

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Posted by: Jim Judkins, JKJ Workforce on 6/18/2018

In 1996, Dutch ride manufacturer, KMG, debuted the Move It-32 in Best, Netherlands. At the time, this was the first ride of its type in the world with its unique design, ride motion, and engineering. The ride was very popular among showmen in Europe due to its high impact design, ease to set up and teardown, and its high capacity ride cycles at 32 persons per cycle (over 1000 riders per hour). Later, Tivoli began producing a smaller, yet similar version of the ride, the Spin Out.

This week, KMG announced a new concept for the Move It-32, based on the same action as the first model, but with state of the art engineering and design techniques.

KMG says, "The new Move It-32 is lighter in weight, easier to set up and uses less power so the new version will be much more efficient. Modern drive units, electric motors, safety systems and new construction all meet the latest safety rules of EN13814 and TüV guidelines. Hydraulic systems will be replaced for electric systems as much as possible and this Move It-32 will be environmental friendly."

The Move It-32 travels on 3 (road legal) semi-trailers and can be set up in 6 hours with three people without the use of a crane.

The ride will be complete with full background scenery, an operator booth, sound system, RGB LED lighting, stainless steel fencing, TüV approval, and more.

KMG and NewRidesEurope.com are now taking orders for the new attraction with the next delivery available in 2020.

Move It 32

KMG Rendering

Move It-32

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Posted by: Matt Cook on 6/8/2018
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