Receiving permission to hire H-2A guest workers requires farmers to try and fail to recruit U.S.-born workers, provide free housing, and pay an Adverse Effect Wage Rate
(AEWR) that averages $12 an hour.
They include a current profile of hired farmworkers, an assessment of how the US Department of Labor's programs impact temporary farm labor, the Adverse Effect Wage Rate
, and links between farm labor shortages and immigration policy.
The materials address protective statutes concerning migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, labor practices in the meat packing and poultry processing industry, policy considerations related to guest worker programs, potential labor market effects of the guest worker program established by the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006, farm labor shortages and immigration policy, the effects on US farm workers of an agricultural guest worker program, and the adverse effect wage rate
in farm labor.