On March 24, 2023, Rep. Allen (R-GA), re-introduced the “Better Agricultural Resources Now Act” (BARN), which would amend the H-2A program to remove important government oversight and to slash labor protections that are needed to protect both U.S. workers and guestworkers.
On October 12, 2022, the US Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule amending the regulations of the H-2A temporary agricultural work visa program (the “2022 H-2A Rule”). Farmworker Justice welcomes the 2022 H-2A Rule’s limited improvements to worker protections and the standards that prospective H-2A employers must meet to obtain DOL certification. The impact of other changes, such as a new methodology for critically important prevailing wage determinations, remains unclear.
What is clear is that this rule does not go far enough to make the structural reforms that are necessary to confront the widespread abuse of US and foreign farmworkers in the H-2A program. The H-2A visa puts a worker’s legal status under the control of their employer, creating a power imbalance that too often results in exploitation and violation of workers’ rights. These workers need more than limited technical changes to achieve a truly safe and fair workplace[…]
Read Farmworker Justice’s fact sheets to learn more:
- Farmworker Justice strongly opposes the misleadingly-named “Keep Food Local and Affordable
Act of 2021” (S.3134 and H.R.5887), which was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Tillis (R-NC),
Boozman (R-AR), Cruz (R-TX) and Cornyn (R-TX) and in the House by Rep. Steube (R-FL).
The bill would require the Department of Labor to freeze the required wage rates for the H-2A
temporary agricultural worker visa program at 2021 levels in the majority of states. As
farmworker wages have been rising, this would essentially lower the wage that H-2A and
corresponding U.S. workers can expect to earn in 2022. Farmworkers – whose jobs are already
among the lowest paid in the country – do not deserve a pay cut.
Series of fact sheets on the Affordable Care Act in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. Developed with the Rural Women’s Health Project.
Video fact sheets in Mam and Mixteco Alto can be found on our YouTube channel.
Fact sheet detailing some of the main changes proposed to the H-2A temporary agricultural worker visa program by the DOL in 2019.