Our colleagues at IAFE have sent the below advocacy request. They are asking for assistance by February 8th. Please note the pre-made letter may need to be altered per your venue type. Message from IAFE:
Over the past few years you’ve heard quite often about the need of H2B visa workers for the mobile amusement and mobile concession operations. You’re very much aware that most of these businesses generally cannot find drug-free and eager workers from within the US to travel with them. If they don’t have the labor to operate at your fair, what are the consequences? Longer lines, shorter operating hours, or worse – no carnival at all?
Jim Sinclair, CFE, Deputy General Manager of Minnesota State Fair and a past IAFE Chair, has crafted a letter to send to your US Representatives and Senators right now to encourage them to add “cap relief” to the appropriations bill that must be decided by February 8.
What to do:
- Download the suggested letter at this link (it is in Word format so that you modify it to fit your voice and information).
- Email (ideal) or fax or mail (ASAP) the letter, personalized to your Senator(s) and Representative(s) in the US Congress (You can find their contact information here).
- If you have others in your organization or community whose voices might lend additional support (sponsors, foundation donors, civic leaders who understand the importance of your fair), please reach out to them and ask them to do the same.
This matter impacts virtually every fair within the United States that has a carnival operating during its annual event. Your contact directly with your own member of Congress will carry a lot of weight as they generally understand the value of your fair to the community. Please take a few minutes to contact them.
Marla J. Calico, CFE
President & CEO