Target: Senator Richard Blumenthal
Goal: Provide protection for temporary workers who expose workplace abuses
Each year, tens of thousands of immigrants travel to the United States in hopes of finding better employment and social opportunities. These low-skilled, nonpermanent workers find employment through the H2-B program, which provides “foreign nationals…temporary nonagricultural jobs.” Often, these workers are subjected to incredibly long hours on the job, lack of workplace safety and “physical and verbal threats” by employers who confiscate their workers’ passports and presume control as individuals’ legal sponsors.
Despite facing such workplace abuses as forced 14-hour days with no breaks, cramped living quarters and inadequate access to food and water, workers holding an H2-B visa are not provided with any protection should they wish to expose their employers. Currently, if a guest worker chose to report the poor working conditions he or she was forced to endure, they could face retaliation by employers, including termination, which could lead to a worker’s inability to obtain residency in the United States. Thus, many H2-B workers choose to remain silent.
However, Senator Richard Blumenthal has proposed a new amendment that would offer protection to whistleblowers on the H2-B visa program. By allowing temporary workers to expose dangerous and unjust working conditions, we could help to ensure that these abuses no longer continued. Show support for Senator Blumenthal’s amendment and advocate for fairness and workplace equality for all workers in the United States.
Dear Senator Richard Blumenthal,
The poor working conditions for many foreign, temporary workers holding an H2-B visa in the United States is an atrocity that has continued for far too long. These workers are forced to work incredibly long hours, subjected to physical and verbal threats and often must live in cramped quarters shared with dozens of other individuals.
Currently, there is a severe lack of protection offered to whistleblowers who would choose to report these horrific conditions. Your efforts to reform the H2-B visa program are commendable and important in ensuring equality for all workers in the United States. Our country promises fair treatment to all, and we should be certain that this is truly the case.
Thank you for your efforts to protect immigrants seeking temporary work in the US.
[Your Name Here]
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