Farmers calling for DOL rule reversal

The plea for Congress to reverse increasing H-2A seasonal guest worker costs is building as farm groups press for action on the Department of Labor’s new rule.

Michigan Farm Bureau’s John Kran tells Brownfield his organization is issuing an action alert this week calling on lawmakers to cosponsor and support Congressional Review Act resolutions that would disapprove the methodology used to determine Adverse Effect Wage Rates.

“The Congressional Review Act is Congress’ way to push back against rules that they think go too far and this bill would just that,” he explains.

Kran says there has already been bipartisan support for a Congressional review of the Waters of the U.S. Rule and the need for national food security could make the labor issue one the President might support.

“Just because the WOTUS CRA didn’t pass won’t mean this one won’t, there’s bipartisan support on this issue,” he says.

Kran says the new rule is increasing wage rates up to 12 percent across the nation, on top of a nearly 13 percent annual increase in effect on Michigan farms this year.

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition, which includes more than 70 organizations including the American Farm Bureau and the National Council of Agricultural Employers, has also sent a letter to Congress asking for action.

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