Labor

Shriveled Mich. apple harvest means fewer jobs, tough year ahead

An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but what do you do when there are no apples? It's a question western Michigan's apple growers are dealing with this season after strange weather earlier... more »

Workers needed for state’s second-largest apple crop

Every Washington apple is removed from the tree by hand. And this year, there may not be enough hands for all the apples.Though statewide hail damage cut into what had promised to be the state's... more »

‘Extraordinary’ fruit crop loss hits farmers, migrant workers where it hurts

Farmers and fruit growers in West Michigan are concerned about the small crop coming up in the fall and the impact these dismal numbers will have when it comes to migrant workers, packagers and an... more »

Washington releases apple industry economic impact study

The Washington Apple Commission has released an economic impact study on the effect the state's apple industry has on the area. Washington’s apple industry is a major contributor of income, employment and tax revenues to... more »

Growers get one more year of Guthion

Federal regulators will allow fruit growers to use the insecticide Guthion for an additional year.EPA said Thursday the extension is due to higher-than-normal stocks of the organophosphate chemical in grower hands because of crop losses... more »

Farm bureau and state officials blast ‘heavy handed’ federal labor investigations

In late July, investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor visited three blueberry farms in Marion County and announced finding "widespread"record-keeping and minimum wage violations at each.Farm labor law investigations are often contentious, especially involving... more »

Labor Department takes legal action against Michigan farms

The U.S. Department of Labor sent out a press release Aug. 22, stating it is taking legal action to protect migrant workers at three Michigan farm operations in Cass and Manistee counties, following investigations conducted... more »

New mailing address for H-2A forms

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification, which develops federal regulations and procedures concerning foreign workers seeking admission to the United States, has announced an address change for its National Processing Center (NPC) in Chicago, effective... more »

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