Northwest Forest Worker Center
Empowering workers for ethical stewardship of the land
Contract Forest Laborers in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico
by Beverly A. Brown, Diana Leal-Mariño, Kirsten McIlveen, and Ananda Lee Tan, with Sarah K. Loose
This report, updated in February 2013, details the systematic exploitation of foreign workers who come to this country for temporary jobs under the nation's H-2 guestworker program. Based on dozens of legal cases and interviews with thousands of guestworkers, it documents how guestworkers are routinely cheated out of wages, forced to mortgage their futures to obtain low-wage, temporary jobs, and held virtually captive by employers.
This a two-page overview of the H-2B worker program and the changes made by the new regulations promulgated by the outgoing Bush administration which went into effect on January 18, 2009.
This handbook is a guide to providing quality jobs to forest workers. It discusses the composition of the current forestry services work force, describes the conditions under which forest workers currently work, summarizes the legal requirements forest landowners and contractors must meet under current law, and concludes with a discussion of how some contractors are able to remain competitive under today’s difficult market conditions while simultaneously providing quality jobs to their workers.
A Guide to Job Quality and Remaining Competitive in
Forest Ecosystem Restoration
Prepared by the Alliance of Forest Workers and Harvesters under contract with the Forest Guild. June, 2010
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