Colorado ski resorts, hurting for workers, applaud one-time increase in visas
July 18, 2017
The ski resort industry on Monday celebrated Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly's approval of a one-time increase in the number of H-2B visas for seasonal workers, but the bump in temporary employees likely will be gone by the time ski season arrives.
"This is an ongoing battle. We won this battle, but the ongoing war continues," said Dave Byrd, the director of regulatory affairs for the National Ski Areas Association, which sent a letter this spring to Kelly urging him to grow the number of allowed temporary worker visas. "We are going to continue to hit up Congress for more access to foreign workers because Americans want year-round jobs that come with benefits and we have a lot of seasonal business and need more access to labor."
As unemployment levels across the country plummet, the resort industry joins amusement park and golf course operators, landscaping and forestry companies and fisheries among seasonal businesses calling for Congress to increase the number of annual H-2B visas beyond the cap of 66,000. Kelly, who had received discretionary authority from Congress to temporarily increase the number of worker visas for nonfarm workers, announced Monday he was adding 15,000 H-2B visas for fiscal 2017.
The increase represents a 45 percent bump from the number of H-2B visas normally issued for the second half of the fiscal year, said senior Homeland Security officials in a call with reporters.
Read more here.
Trending In: Regional
- The curious case of Capt. Craig Button. 20 years ago, Button crashed his A-10 into Gold Dust Peak. Two decades later, no one knows why
- Colorado’s Constitutional conundrum: Gallagher vs. TABOR amendments, and what it means for us
- East Vail backcountry skiers trigger two avalanches; rescue caught on video
- Colorado’s most expensive toll lane, the I-70 Mountain Express Lane, to open
- Navajo Code Talker, legendary lawmaker John Pinto is a great American story
- Whistle Pig Vail: Everything you need to know about the new summer concert series coming to Vail
- History of Avon, Part 1: Town of Avon celebrating 40th birthday on Saturday, Feb. 24
- Alterra reveals Ikon Pass pricing; Aspen-Snowmass role includes 7 days combined
- With gold and silver, Mikaela Shiffrin savors the ‘incredibly sweet’ moment
- Eagle County’s airport seeing more seats and more flights to more cities