First a highlight. Our wonderful Kathi, aka K, has been championing a mine prevention project in her adopted home of Patagonia, Arizona. Please take a look at this video to learn more about protecting where she lives, how mines affect the greater area, community and businesses, and share with your friends. Just this week, she and her husband, Michael, presented the video to the Santa Cruz Valley Citizens Council, whose mission is as follows. "Santa Cruz Valley Citizens Council, Inc. is a non-profit Arizona corporation, whose purpose is to inform and educate its members as to local and regional issues affecting the community interests of members, and to express the view of members regarding such issues." I guess 120 people showed up to watch. Good stuff.
Not really a lowlight, but certainly a challenging topic right now is Internationals, otherwise known as foreign workers or those seeking employment in the U.S. as J-1 or H-2B visa holders. They have been in the news again, and certainly are a common part of my day here at Cool Works. I get inquiries from all over the globe including Africa, yes, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, everywhere about work opportunities in the U.S. Unfortunately, with the State Department taking a closer look at this program, due to the violations at the Hershey plant in Pennsylvania, the number of visas are being limited. It's tough to know what to say to students who call, because, unfortunately, I don't believe that it will be a good year for students to come over. Many of the larger employers who advertise on Cool Works have either reduced or completely shut down their J-1 programs. And, frankly, in a time where it is difficult for Americans to secure employment, hiring foreign workers does not sit well with the unemployed or under employed.
The Department of Labor has announced three seminars that will be held in March to help explain the new rules for the H-2B program. Thanks to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce for this information.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm, EDT Public Access URL: click here Teleconference information: Dial-in #:888-810-9161 Participant passcode: 7393731
Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm, EDT Public Access URL: click here Teleconference information: Dial-in #:888-810-9161 Participant passcode: 7393731
Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm, EDT Public Access Webinar URL: click here Teleconference information: Dial-in #: 888-810-9161 Participant passcode: 7393731
Materials, including fact sheets, are available athttp://www.foreignlaborcert.
doleta.gov/h-2b.cfm andhttp://www.dol.gov/whd/ immigration/H2BFinalRule/ index.htm.
For more information, please contact Tony Zaffirini in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 693-4600.
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That's it for me. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!