Advocacy: National

Your Help is Needed Today to #saveH2B

Wednesday, May 18, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Hill

The attached letter from Senator Sessions (R-AL)  and the letter that is currently being circulated by Rep. Bratt (R-VA) show how the H-2B returning worker exemption is under attack.  We need your support to counter this opposition and convince Congress to renew the H-2B returning worker exemption!

If you are coming to the H-2B fly-in tomorrow, please read this flyer with the briefing details.

Can’t make it to DC?  We still need you to participate in H-2B Advocacy Day by doing the following on May 18:

  • Call your two Senators and your Representative. If you do not know their direct numbers, you can reach them through the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 225-3121.  Once connected to the office, ask to speak to the person to handles H-2B issues and tell him or her how important the H-2B program is to you.  Ask them to:
    • Renew for fiscal 2017 the H-2B returning worker exemption and regulatory relief that was included in Fiscal 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
    • Ask your Senators to cosponsor S. 2225, the bipartisan “Save our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act.”
    • Ask your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 3918, the “Strengthen Employment and Seasonal Opportunities Now (SEASON) Act” and H.R. 2758, the “Seasonal Labor for Job Creators Act.”
    • If you elected officials have sponsors H-2B legislation, written letters in support of the program, or assisted you with H-2B processing issues, say “thank you” and encourage them to keep up the fight.
  • Tweet about the need to renew the H-2B returning worker exemption. Encourage Congress to Act by using #SaveH2B and directing tweets at your elected officials.  Please also re-tweet H-2B Workforce Coalition tweets.
  • Encourage your employees, co-workers, customers and other local businesses to call and tweet their elected officials.  

Twitter Tips

You can find the twitter address for your Senators and Representative at the links below.

If you don't have a Twitter account, you can set one up at:

Sample Tweets

  • Knowing what to expect is everything in business. Renew the returning worker  exemption. #SaveH2B
  • Why reinvent the wheel? Renew the returning worker exemption. #SaveH2B
  • Returning workers sustain American jobs. Renew the returning worker exemption. #SaveH2B
  • 82 percent of H-2B visa workers are returning workers – proof that they are treated well. #SaveH2B
  • The H-2B program relies on workers who come to the U.S. for seasonal employment, then they go home. These workers are not immigrants. #SaveH2B
  • Department of Labor regulations and State Workforce Agency oversight ensure that businesses must hire American workers first. #SaveH2B
  • The H-2B program protects American workers. DOL backlogs are killing small businesses though. #SaveH2B
  • Join the campaign to make the H-2B Visa program work for small American businesses and their customers at  #SaveH2B
  • Get the facts about #H2B Visas. Protecting, creating and sustaining full-time American jobs is smart policy.  #SaveH2B
  • Fact: H-2B workers account for less than one-tenth of one percent of U.S employment. #SaveH2