Although the recent downturn in the
construction industry has eased the uncertainty over Florida's farm
labor supply somewhat, growers remain concerned about having an adequate
work force. FFVA leads the industry in providing agricultural labor
services that can help employers find the workers they need.
Working through the National Council of Agricultural
Employees, FFVA is on the forefront of advocating
for immigration policies that bolster national security while
allowing growers access to a stable, legal workforce. FFVA speaks out
and provides guidance for its members on critical issues such as
comprehensive immigration reform, changes in the H-2A guest-worker
program, and the Department of Homeland Security's "no-match" rule.
For many years, Florida growers have relied on FFVA's Labor
Relations Division to help them access the H-2A program. Through its
subsidiary, Florida East Coast Travel Services Inc. (FLECTS), FFVA
provides workforce solutions for numerous farm and non-farm employers in
the United States. FLECTS uses the U.S. Department of Labor H-2A and
H-2B guest-worker programs as well as the J-1 student, work and travel
visa program. FLECTS also processes worker entry requirements and
coordinates transportation of those workers to job locations.
The division also regularly assists employers with compliance with the
wide-ranging labor laws that affect agriculture: MSPA, OSHA, FLSA, IRCA
and others, as well with general assistance on farm labor issues such as
training and housing.
For more information about FFVA's Labor Relations Division, call
321-214-5200 or send an e-mail. For information on the H-2A program,
click here or call 321-214-5200. For details about
FLECTS, call 305-823-1146 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.