Tuesday, June 28, 2011
YOU MUST CALL YOUR CONGRESSMEN - WATCH FOR A PERSONAL EMAIL FROM ME WITH YOUR CONGRESIONAL CONTACTS LISTED.
We have been told by several organizations that Congress is sympathetic to your cause - but they are not hearing from you. THEY WILL DO NOTHING IF THEY DON'T HEAR FROM YOU.
As H2B employers YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD TODAY! TOMORROW! AND THE DAY AFTER THAT! I am asking you to pick up your phones and talk to your Congressmen and their staffs. Follow up with an email and a fax. Take 10 minutes out of your day to call them - ALL OF THEM - AT ALL OF THEIR OFFICES. Make sure they hear your frustration with the impending WAGE INCREASE.
The U.S. Dept. of LABOR intends to push the wage methodology final rule EFFECTIVE DATE up to October 1, 2011 instead of the January 1, 2012 date which was published in the Final Rule.
Your Congressmen must be led to understand that the new methodology will increase wages beyond what is reasonable. You must explain that you do not use the H2B program because "it is easy" - you use it because "it is necessary" in order for you to find the essential legal temporary labor that is mandatory for you to operate year round. Let them know that you employ DOMESTIC Staff in their district and that those individuals' jobs are at stake along with your business.
Also ask them to intervene on your behalf and block the US Dept. of Labor's proposed rule change of March 18, 2011 from ever going into effect. Let them know that this rule will over-complicate an already complicated and costly program. So much so, that it will likely render the program useless.
I will be emailing, faxing and US mailing each of you (that are my clients) your Congressional contacts along with a template to create your own correspondence to send to them. If you are not my client and receive this - please feel free to contact me as well. You must get involved if you intend to affect change. If you have questions - I will do my best to answer them - but would prefer email as I will be working furiously on getting all this out.