Trump winery seeks more foreign help: report


Trump winery seeks more foreign help: report
By Mark Hensch - 02/16/17 09:41 PM EST

A Virginia winery owned by President Trump’s son Eric has requested permission to bring in nearly two dozen foreign workers, according to a new report.

The Trump Winery in Virginia is seeking 23 workers from overseas to plant and harvest grapes there this spring, BuzzFeed reported Thursday.

The Department of Labor published a request from the winery, which is also known as Trump Vineyard Estates LLC, earlier that day.

Thursday’s posting says potential workers will earn $11.27 hourly working at the 1,300-acre estate from April 3 to as late as Oct. 27.

The workers are being sought using the federal H-2A visa program, which permits U.S. employers to hire foreign agricultural laborers for temporary work as long as no qualified Americans want the jobs instead.

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Wait, didn’t Trump say he was bringing jobs back to America. I mean couldn’t he actually operate under the pretense of honesty. Yea sure, making America great again one H-2 visa worker at a time. Has Trump ever done anything that didn’t benefit himself or his family, ever at the expense of others?


He said he wants to get rid of the H-2 visas.


“He” meaning Eric or the President? Just because President Trump wants to get rid of H-2 visas doesn’t mean his children are obligated to agree with everything he says or to follow a law that doesn’t exist yet.

The Trump winery is run by Eric Trump. He should make the best business decisions within the law.


Who May Qualify for H-2A Classification?

To qualify for H-2A nonimmigrant classification, the petitioner must:

Offer a job that is of a temporary or seasonal nature.

** Demonstrate that there are not enough U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available to do the temporary work.**
** Show that employing H-2A workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.**
Generally, submit a single valid temporary labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor with the H-2A petition. (A limited exception to this requirement exists in certain “emergent circumstances.” See e.g., 8 CFR 214.2(h)(5)(x) for specific details.)



whew, wipes tears.

That is rich.




This is interesting.

This is probably for pruning. It’s kind of an art. You prune off older growth, but you also prune the new growth in some manner I don’t now remember, that maximizes blooms and grapes. It removes some of the buds in a particular manner that encourages other buds. It has to be just right or the crop is ruined.

And it’s tough work, practically designed to give a person DeQuervain’s Syndrome, since one is cutting through tough stems with a scissors-like tool, and it’s usually cold when one does it.

If these people are from Europe, one would guess they’re from some not too well off part of the Balkans, and know about grape vine pruning. Romania wouldn’t be a bad guess, though Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia would be possibilities. All have extensive vineyards and poverty ranging from serious to extreme. (Romania’s average income, for example, is significantly lower than Mexico’s) Probably not too many skilled grape pruners around in this country.

H2 is something of a pain for the employer. I have known some farmers who used it but then gave it up because the regulations are a hassle. The worker has to be guaranteed not only his wage and overtime, but housing within a certain distance of the workplace. Provision has to be made for his/her meals, and in a timely fashion. There are other things, but I can’t remember them. Anyway, it is a pain to deal with. And, one has to come up with the same number of workers at the end of the season as he had at the start or face penalties. There is a lot of government paperwork involved.

Regardless, one would have to know a fair amount about this particular situation in order to know whether it’s justified or not under the rules. But there are rules, and it’s legal.


11.27 an hour is not that bad a pay for non skiiled labor is it ?

Why not point out all the employers in the United States that pay minimum wage ? Could we say they are benefiting at the expense of others by your theory ?


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