H-2A hourly wage down in California; up in Florida, other states - The Packer

H-2A hourly wage down in California; up in Florida, other states

12/23/2011 10:53:00 AM
Andy Nelson

Hourly wages for temporary workers under the federal government’s H-2A program will go up in Florida and other U.S. states in 2012 and down in California and others.

On Dec. 22, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration announced its 2012 Adverse Effect Wage Rates for the employment of temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers to perform agricultural work.

The wages are adjusted annually to help ensure that the wages of similarly employed U.S. workers are not adversely affected.

H-2A wages will go up in Florida and other major fruit and vegetable-producing states and down in California and other states.

Florida’s hourly wage jumps from $9.50 to $9.54; Washington’s from $10.60 to $10.92; Idaho’s from $9.90 to $10.19; Arizona’s from $9.60 to $9.94; Texas’s from $9.65 to $9.88; Georgia’s from $9.12 to $9.39; and New York’s from $10.25 to $10.56.

California’s H-2A wage falls from $10.31 to $10.24 and New Jersey’s from $10.60 to $10.34. 



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DUSTIN    
PLANT CITY FL  |  December, 24, 2011 at 07:59 AM

WHY WOULD YOU PAY SOMEONE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY MORE THAN YOU WOULD PAY AN AMERICAN? I KNOW THAT AMERICANS WOULD RATHER WORK FROM THEIR MAILBOX THAN DO LABOR.THE H2A PROGRAM IS BROKE AND NEEDS TO BE FIXED, THEN POSSIBLY YOU MIGHT GET MORE PARTICIPATION.

jon    
South Ga  |  December, 28, 2011 at 08:24 AM

I see no solution for the problems with the H2A program at the federal level with the current influence in Washington. The root of the issues with the H2A program are simple; Liberal interest groups do not want a guest worker program, they want groups they can control and use for political influence (votes). AEWR (Adverse Effect Wage Rate) is just one of the tools put in place to deter participants and to punish those who choose to use a legal work force. California growers have been seeking amnesty for illegals for years; that is not a solution. The H2A program has been broken at least since the mid 90's, it is past time for it to be fixed.

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