State Associations Join with ANLA to Urge Congress To Tackle Labor Reforms
The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) and Lighthouse grassroots partner associations have begun joining forces to press Congress on the urgent need for comprehensive labor reform for the entire green industry and agriculture.
ANLA most recently hosted association staff and members from the New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association, Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association and Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association. These groups met with a mix of Congressional members and staff from a broad swath of House and Senate offices in those states.
The lobbying teams described the unstable and worsening labor situation in agriculture and the green industry, and outlined reforms that would stabilize the existing guest worker programs as well as secure the experienced workforce. Significantly more than half of the available workforce is feared to lack proper authorization to work in the United States. Comprehensive reforms will contribute to U.S. border and food security.
“These lobbying partnerships allow members of Congress and their staffs to connect ANLA’s day-to-day presence and efforts with the folks back home,” said ANLA Senior Director of Government Relations Craig Regelbrugge. “As the effort to ‘climb Mt. Everest’ on comprehensive and bipartisan labor reform legislation pushes ever higher, we will aggressively seek such grassroots lobbying partnership opportunities.”