This is the class blog for HIS 396.06: The History of the U.S. Working Class, SUNY-Stony Brook, Spring 2013.
Throughout the semester we will post original student research on topics in U.S. labor and working-class history, as well as relevant links to news stories.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
A Guestworker Program Revived?
Washington (CNN) -- Business and labor negotiators working to hammer out a deal on an immigrant guest worker program have reached broad agreement, a source familiar with the talks said Saturday, eliminating one major hurdle to legislation revamping the nation's immigration system.
Business leaders and labor groups had been working to develop a plan on guest workers, tackling major sticking points on how much workers would be paid and the number of workers that would be allowed into the country each year.
Labor unions influencing the talks, including the AFL-CIO, argued for higher pay and fewer workers per year, since they are concerned about the effect guest workers would have on American workers.