November 13, 2017
The U.S. Department of Labor has corrected wage requirements for the state’s H-2B workers following an appeal by the Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Department of Labor.
The new rates for forest and conservation workers are about 25-33 percent lower than previously published and more in line with other Southern states.
Federation President Jimmy Parnell said the revised rates are good news for Alabama’s nursery and forest industries.
“We received numerous calls from forest owners concerned about steep increases in wage rates,” he said. “They rely on H-2B labor for tree planting and other physically demanding jobs. Some told us they would not be able to plant trees this winter at the published rate, and others said it could cost landowners an additional $25-$30 per acre.”
Parnell thanked Alabama’s Department of Labor and congressional delegation for responding to the concerns of farmers and forest landowners.
Read more at alfafarmers.org.