|Feds demand higher wages for planting crews|
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 (404 reads)
The Dept. of Labor will reinstitute a new rule in October that would require guest workers (immigrants) to be paid the "prevailing wage" in an area. Since forestry uses mostly guest workers for its planting crews in winter, it would mean a 70% increase in wages. In Louisiana, the pay would increase from $9.60 per hour to $16.31 per hour.