Virginia delegation urges labor secretary to help seafood industry address workforce challenges

Sen. Mark R. Warner, Sen. Tim Kaine and Rep. Rob Wittman on January 31 met with Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Marty Walsh to discuss workforce challenges for Virginia’s seafood industry.

During the meeting, they urged DOL to consider reforms to the H-2B lottery that would make the process easier to use for small family businesses like seafood processors to meet their labor needs. Many of Virginia’s seafood processors, as well as other seasonal businesses, rely on additional workers from the H-2B visa program to meet their seasonal labor needs, but they annually struggle to get enough visas.

“We’ve been hearing from Virginia’s seafood processors and seasonal businesses about persistent workforce challenges, which is why we met with Labor Secretary Walsh today to share what we’ve been hearing and….

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