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June 29, 2018

 Director Update

Dan Fazio, Director
Trade wars, immigration reform, huge court rulings, wage surveys. So much going on I don't know where to start! 

Immigration reform is hot. Thanks to all who are calling members of Congress, we are hopeful for a vote on Rep. Goodlatte's AG Guestworker bill in July. We badly need H-2A reform. 

Two significant Court rulings occurred in May - The U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing arbitration agreements, and the WA Supreme Court ruling requiring hourly pay when piece rate workers perform work that is "outside the scope" of the piecework job.  See May 11 and 24 labor alerts here. Bottom line is that wafla developed guidance on both these issues - if you don't have an arbitration policy or a piece rate agreement, see the June 28 labor alert here. You will be glad you did.

Saving the best news for last, in case you didn't hear, wafla appealed the piece rate wage survey published by ESD. The agency agreed and removed all piece rates for apples for growers that utililize the H-2A program effective June 19.  Access labor alert here. This is a huge win and saved the apple industry millions. Really glad we could help.

As always, thank you for being a wafla member!

Best Regards,

Dan Fazio, Director

Q. I have been reading in the media about increased U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activity. Does wafla have guidance on what to do if ICE shows up?

Members can submit unlimited HR questions through HRAnswers under the members only tab at our website.

 Wenatchee wafla Office

Ohme Garden Business Park We are pleased to announce that wafla will open a new Wenatchee office next month. It is located at the Ohme Garden Business Park. This office will house our Field Services Director, Jeff McLean and H-2A Account Executive Diana Fernandez, and has more room for additional field staff. It also has a conference room that will be available for wafla members to use. We are super excited to have a field office in Wenatchee to better serve our members. Please watch your inbox for an open house invite in the coming months. 

 wafla in the News

Legalize Undocumented Farmworkers? Some Republicans Say Yes
Seattle Times

House Nixes Immigration Bill; New Compromise to Include AG Labor Reform
Capital Press

In Central Washington, Housing Crunch Exacerbated by Need for Foreign Farm Labor
KLCC, Northwest Public Broadcasting

Lawsuit Alleges Blacklisting of Mexican Farmworkers Who Joined 2017 Orchard Strike
Seattle Times

U.S. House to Take Up Immigration Bills
Capital Press

Farmworkers Need to be Paid for More Than Just Picking the Crops
The Daily World

Farmworker Hotel Pt. 2

State's Largest Farmworker Rental Complex Opening in Yakima
Columbia Basin Herald

Farmworker Hotel Pt. 1

Yakima Hotel Converts to Farmworker Housing
Capital Press

Getting Creative With Labor Housing
Good Fruit Grower

 Upcoming Events

Wafla Webinars
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Workplace Rights: Intermittent Rest Breaks - Ag v. Non-Ag Explained
HR Essentials
Tuesday, July 10 (11 a.m. to Noon)
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How to Complete Form I-9 for H-2A Employees
H-2A Essentials Timely Topic
Thursday, July 19 (11 a.m. to Noon)
Learn more.

In person Training

Worker Pesticide Training
Wednesday, June 27 (8 a.m. to 9 a.m.)
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Pesticide training is offered every other Wednesday at the Training Center. Register for June and July classes click here. Only $5 p/worker.

Other Events

Washington Farm Bureau is hosting U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
Farm Hall Breakfast with the Secretary
Tuesday, July 3 (8:30 a.m.)
Reserve your seat and get more details by emailing


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