AFBF Hails Bipartisan Effort to Freeze “Flawed Wage Rate”
The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging Congress to pass legislation freezing the “flawed” 2023 Adverse Effect Wage Rate, or AEWR. AFBF said the rate distorts labor costs for farmers across the country who hire nearly 400,000 employees through the H-2A program.
The bipartisan Farm Operations Support Act temporarily resets the AEWR at 2022 levels, providing what the group calls much need wage relief to farm families, all while giving Congress an opportunity to deliver a fair and reasonable solution. Farm Bureau said the 2023 AEWR rule missed the mark by such a wide margin that farmers in some states experienced required wage increases of more than 10% after smaller increases last year. Farm Bureau added the AEWR has significantly outpaced increases in the national average wage for most workers in America for most of a decade.
AFBF President Zippy Duvall said, “Farmers are committed to paying their employees a fair wage, but the new AEWR rule used flawed data to reach a flawed conclusion.”
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