Corporations fight to keep exploiting guestworkers, excluding U.S. workers

On April 26, 2012, a federal judge in Florida issued a preliminary injunction (PDF) blocking new Department of Labor rules for the H-2B guestworker program from taking effect for 60 days. The order came as a result of a lawsuit by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and several employers’ groups meant to block the new rules.

Below is a statement by Saket Soni, Executive Director of the National Guestworker Alliance:

“Corporations and their lobbyists have shown their true colors with this lawsuit. They’re so desperate to cling to a profit formula based on exploiting guestworkers and excluding U.S. workers, that they’re now blocking the Department of Labor from doing its job. They couldn’t win in Washington, so they’re making a last-ditch effort in court.”

“The DOL’s new rules make common sense and are badly needed. They would help level the playing for U.S. workers, and help end the explotiation of thousands of guestworkers. The rules are only a ‘burden’ to those who build their business on exploitation.”

“We’re confident that the DOL will prevail in the end. In the meantime, this lawsuit is hurting small businesses who play by the rules and don’t rely on abusing the H2B program to turn a profit. It’s also delaying economic security in desperate times for all workers.”

CONTACT: Stephen Boykewich, NGA Communications Director –

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