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November 26, 2007

Emergency Dec. 5 fly-in seeks passage of Save Small Business

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Save Small Business has announced an emergency fly-in for Wednesday, Dec. 5, to push for passage of the Save Small and Seasonal Businesses Act. It is asking employers who rely upon H-2B seasonal guest workers to join it in the nation’s capital to convince legislators of the seriousness of the approaching labor crisis.

If the Act is not passed the H-2B program will restricted to the original 66,000 visas originally authorized by Congress more than a decade ago. The growth of the landscape and other service industries now require many times that number of seasonal employees.

The fly-in is planned for two days after Congress returns from its Thanksgiving recess. Save Small Business voice Hank Lavery urges people to begin making their travel arrangements for the fly-in now. Details for meeting and lobbying legislators will be announced soon.

The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), which is supporting the fly-in, advises H-2B users to:

— Call your senators and member of Congress in their Washington, D.C., offices through the Congressional switchboard at 202/225-3121. Ask to speak to the staff member who handles immigration issues. If you are uncertain about what to say, use the sample script on PLANET’s H-2B Toolkit at http://landcarenetwork.org/planetFile/pdfs/H2B_Scrpt.pdf.

— Send an updated letter on your letterhead through PLANET’s Legislative Action Center and also fax it. If you input your address, the appropriate fax number will appear on each letter. It only takes a few minutes at http://www.congressweb.com/cweb4/index.cfm?orgcode=pln&hotissue=38

— Ask your employees to write and call their senators and member of Congress. A letter can be sent through PLANET’s Legislative Action Center at http://www.congressweb.com/cweb4/index.cfm?orgcode=pln&hotissue=46

— A sample letter for H-2B workers to send in English and Spanish can also be found on the PLANET H-2B Toolkit at http://www.landcarenetwork.org/cms/legislation/h2b.html

— Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. A sample letter can be found on the PLANET H-2B Toolkit at http://landcarenetwork.org/planetFile/pdfs/H2B_LetterToTheEditor_Long.pdf.

For more information, contact PLANET’s Tom Delaney at 770/925-7113.

Posted by VisaLawyer at November 26, 2007 07:08 AM

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