The Professional Landcare Network will sponsor a “Fly-In” in Washington, D.C., Feb. 13 and 14 to support new H-2B legislation. The bill would make the H-2B repeat worker extension permanent and would include a technical fix for the three-year look-back. Under the new bill, the three-year look-back would change so that workers would not have to sit out for a period of time after three years; instead, they would always be considered returning workers. PLANET supports the bill and hopes to gain additional support for co-sponsors of the bill.
Tom Delaney, director of government affairs for PLANET, says this legislation affects the landscaping industry because industry members have turned to the program for workers, especially seasonal or temporary workers. “The biggest impediment to growth in the landscape industry is finding enough workers,” Delaney says. Many landscapers have employed H-2B workers for several years, so the workers are trained and dependable.
Delaney expects up to 60 people from various parts of the green industry to participate in the fly-in. Anyone interested in participating should e-mail Tom Delaney at PLANET, firstname.lastname@example.org.