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The nation’s top business and labor groups (the A.F.L.-C.I.O and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) are nearing agreement on a guest worker program for low-skilled immigrants, and would clear one of the last hurdles for an overall deal on immigration legislation in the Senate.
Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) said, “One of the last sticking points in the business-labor negotiations has been the specific type of jobs that would be excluded from the program.”
The temporary guest worker program would grant up to 200,000 new visas every year for low-skilled workers.
Low-skilled immigrants, often employed at restaurants and hotels or on construction projects, could be brought in when employers claim they faced labor shortages.
The nation’s construction unions have persuaded the negotiators to exclude certain higher-skilled jobs, including crane operators and electricians, from the guest worker program.
“The labor movement has been united in making sure aspiring Americans [immigramts] get a road map to citizenship and that any future flow program doesn’t reduce wages for any local workers,” said Tom Snyder, manager of the A.F.L.-C.I.O.
The two sides (the A.F.L.-C.I.O and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) agreed that guest workers would be paid the prevailing industry wage and said that employers who faced a labor shortage (even after the national guest worker quota was filled) could request a “safety valve” exemption to bring in workers at a higher wage rate than the prevailing wage.
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