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On January 7, the H-2B Workforce Litigation Committee, in which FRA participates, filed an appeal brief with the Philadelphia-based Third Circuit Court of Appeals, challenging Judge Legrome Davis’s unfavorable decision on our challenge to the Department of Labor’s guestworker wage rule under the H-2B visa program at the District Court level. The H-2B visa program governs employer access to non-immigrant aliens working in certain categories of seasonal employment, including hand-planting of tree seedlings.

On December 12, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, in Jacksonville, Florida heard the U.S. Department of Labor’s appeal of District Court Judge Casey Rodgers’s decision to place a preliminary injunction on DOL’s “Program Rule,” governing the H-2B visa program, which authorizes the entry of reforestation guestworkers to the U.S. on a temporary, seasonal basis.

On December 6, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities announced that it had created a Watershed Protection Database, to compile and compare information on programs in various communities to dedicate special assessments on consumers’ water bills to watershed protection projects, as an element...

Thursday, 27 December 2012 11:08

More Churning for CSA

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On December 3, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration “activated” previously announced changes to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, including changes in two of the “BASICs” FMCSA uses to monitor carrier performance. Changes include...

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 12:21

Builders: “Green” Yes, “LEED” No

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On November 8, a leading general builder, Turner Construction, released the latest results of the “Green Building Market Barometer” survey it conducts every two years, gauging the commitment to “environmentally sustainable, or ‘green,’ building” of companies engaged in architecture, construction, real estate consulting, owning, developing, and other construction-related sectors.  In all, the survey reports the views of 718 executives.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 12:20

H-2B Program Rule Appeal Hearing Scheduled

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The U.S. Department of Labor has appealed U.S. District Court Judge Casey Rodgers’s preliminary injunction of its “Program Rule,” governing administration of the H-2B “guestworker” program, to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Jacksonville, Florida.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 12:19

ElmiaWood: June 5-8, 2013

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Sweden’s ElmiaWood trade fair, the world’s largest forestry and logging equipment exhibition, has been announced for June 5-8, 2013 at a forested setting near the city of Jönköping in southern Sweden.

FRA’s Board has identified the credit crisis afflicting loggers and other small businesses in the wood supply chain as a policy priority for FRA, and FRA has endorsed the Credit Union Small Business Jobs Bill (S 2231, HR 1418).

Monday, 22 October 2012 11:16

CSA Mulls “Credits” for Good Inspections

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In early October, a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration official stated that FMCSA was exploring ways for motor carriers to receive credits to their Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) BASIC scores for positive screening or inspection outcomes, rather than just demerits for defects.

Monday, 22 October 2012 11:15

Minnesota Loggers Protest GVW Restrictions

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On September 27, an estimated 70 log trucks, at least some fully loaded, “rolled through downtown Duluth [Minnesota] this morning to draw attention to complaints about weight limits on interstate highways that lead some trucks to use state highways and city streets instead,” according to that day’s [Minneapolis] MinnPost.

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