Chattanooga Times Free Press – Foreign farm worker pay rises

Judy Cooper hired temporary foreign workers to help out at her Flat Top Mountain fruit and vegetable farm for three years, and this year she received a break on their wages because of a regulation from the closing days of the Bush administration.

But starting today the U.S. Department of Labor will suspend the regulation for nine months so officials can re-examine the federal H-2A program, which allows U.S. agricultural employers to hire foreign workers.

The Bush regulation, which went into effect Jan. 17, reduced the required hourly wage paid to foreign workers.

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