Walla Walla onion growers lament labor issues

06/07/2012 09:15:00 AM
Jim Offner

H-2A isn’t the answer, he said, because the rules don’t allow workers to cross state lines, even though product is grown in Washington and Oregon.

“We’d have to implement two programs for two different states. It just doesn’t work,” he said.

The issue transcends the short sweet onion deal, and the sooner the situation is resolved, the better, Locati said.

“I want to hire a legal workforce,” he said. “These are good people.”

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