Member Action Still Needed on H-2B

 

NALP thanks our many members who reached out to their Representatives and asked them to sign a bipartisan letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The letter included the signatures of 65 Members of Congress. If your Representative signed the letter, please follow up and say thank you.

To get cap relief signed into law, however, our Congressional outreach must continue.  Right now, we have a golden opportunity for you to directly connect with your members of Congress. All Senators and Representatives will be in their home states through November 27.  Please call or visit in person with your Senators and Representatives at their district offices.  Phone calls and visits to the district office while your elected officials are home will help amply our message that we need 2018 cap relief now! Continue reading

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Here’s What a Few Landscape Pros Are Grateful For

This Thanksgiving reminds us of how grateful we are to work for such amazing professionals in the landscape industry who are making our communities better places and creating career opportunities for their employees. When you look back at 2017 what are you most thankful for? We asked NALP members and here are a few of their responses.

Some of the Seasonal Solutions team awaiting the Solar Eclipse in their special glasses and t-shirts.

“Looking back on 2017 we are thankful first to the people that work so hard pushing this company to new milestones. While there is always more work to be done we have built a great team around a foundation of company culture, clear mission and values to live by based on integrity, personal growth and legendary client services. We work hard to make our company a place people want to work and the result has been more tenured people, a stronger management team, little turnover, happy clients and a margin to fuel growth and push our planned direction. We remain optimistic for our companies future and the increasing professionalism of our industry.” Continue reading

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YardApes Annual Fundraiser Raises $10,000 for Local Charity

Shayne Newman, (right) founder and host of  the YardApes’ Quad-Am Golf Classic presents a check to Diane Swanson, (left) Director of Pratt Nature Center.

YardApes of New Milford, Connecticut, held their 12th annual Quad-Am Golf Classic on Tuesday September 12th, 2017. The Golf Classic benefited The Pratt Nature Center, a local 205-acre wildlife preserve and educational center.  The Pratt Nature Center’s mission is “to stimulate a lifelong responsibility for and joy in the natural world by encouraging people to experience themselves as part of nature, dependent on the Earth’s resources.” The YardApes Quad-Am Golf Classic donated $10,000 to The Pratt Nature Center and $66,00 in total to area nonprofits since its start in late 2006.  Continue reading

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Last week, 100 meetings with Congress Regarding H-2B

On November 2, 2017 landscape professionals and employers representing other seasonal businesses joined forces to advocate for H-2B cap relief. The event resulted in over 100 meetings with key members of Congress. During the meetings, Representatives, Senators, and their staff heard directly from seasonal business owners about the real world implications of the H-2B cap.

The day was kicked-off by Ohio Congressman Steve Chabot who addressed the gathering of over 200 participants and provided an update on H-2B related discussions and legislation. Chabot also praised the group for their consistent calls for relief and underscored the importance of constituent involvement in the advocacy process. Congressman Chabot chairs the House Small Business Committee, is a long-time H-2B champion, and is the primary sponsor of H.R. 2004, H-2B reform legislation that is commonly known as the Season Act.

NALP is urging members who rely on the H-2B program for seasonal workforce needs to continue to advocate the need for immediate cap-relief and long term program reform. In addition to emails, social media outreach, and phone calls, we recommend members reach out to their Congress person’s local offices to schedule an in-district meeting. If interested, contact Paul Mendelsohn for assistance.

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House Committee Approves Mandatory E-Verify

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee approved by a vote of 20-10 the Legal Workforce Act (HR 3711). This bill, which was introduced by Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and Congressman Ken Calvert (R-CA), would require employers to check the work eligibility of all future hires through the E-Verify system. Administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), E-Verify checks the social security numbers of newly hired employees against Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security records to confirm work eligibility.

HR 3711 would do the following: Continue reading

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NALP Markets Industry Careers to 67,000 at FFA Convention

Last week, NALP Staff members Jenn Myers (Director of Workforce Development) and Rex Bishop (Director of Technical Education) attended the 90th Annual National FFA Convention & Expo. The sea of blue jackets stretched throughout the Indiana Convention Center, and out into the streets of downtown Indianapolis, as FFA hosted the country’s largest annual student gathering, including more than 500 scheduled events, and a large expo with over 400 exhibitors and vendors. This year’s event saw record attendance, with over 67,000 FFA members, advisors, supporters and guests from across the US.  Continue reading

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3 Strategies to Promote Seasonal Offerings

Author, Alain Parcan, Director of Marketing for Market Hardware, and NALP consultant, contributed this article. 

Seasons change. And so should your marketing messages. But, when it comes to highlighting new services or seasonal offerings to your online audience, your message should inform, educate, and deliver your news in a detailed and impactful way. But the biggest challenge, and the one many businesses often struggle with, is getting the message out to their audience in a timely and effective manner. Continue reading

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LANDSCAPES 2017 Highlights

LANDSCAPES 2017 is in the books, and nearly 2,000 landscape professionals are now back at their offices implementing some of the strategies they learned at the education sessions in Louisville – and that is what it is all about – actionable knowledge!

Sold out crowds attended the CEO Forum and the Account Managers workshop as well as many standing room crowds at other sessions. Through classes, workshops, and panel discussions, 360 degrees of landscape and lawn care business topics were covered, and so much more! Continue reading

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The Industry Best Were Honored at LANDSCAPES

And the award goes to…

We were really excited last week in Louisville to honor some of the best work in the industry at the 48th Annual Awards of Excellence. See a list of winners here. One hundred and thirty-six projects received Awards of Excellence this year, with Judges Awards going to Walnut Hill Landscape Company, Southern Botanical and David J. Frank Landscape Contracting.

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Advocate for H-2B Cap-reform November 2nd, 2017

Next Thursday, NALP and other members of the H-2B Workforce Coalition will join forces with PES, Mas Labor, Labor Consultants International, Amigos, and Action Visa, to descend on Capitol Hill and advocate for H-2B cap-reform. We invite landscape professionals with seasonal workforce needs to join us in D.C. for this vital advocacy event and urge Congress to act now.  Continue reading

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