Report: Freezing H-2A workers’ minimum wage could hurt domestic workers

Freezing the minimum wage for H-2A workers could also impact the wages of domestic workers, according to a report by the Economic Research Service.

Leaders at the National Council of Ag Employers say they are seeing more businesses relocate overseas due to the Adverse Effect Wage Rate.

The USDA says the Farm Workforce Modernization Act freezes the Adverse Effect Wage Rate and saves $140 million annually on H-2A workers. Critics point out, though, that domestic workers with corresponding employment on farms with H-2A workers must be paid that same rate.


The Senate may be receptive to the Farm Workforce Modernization Act

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Congressmen introduce amendment to H-2A