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  • Fri, March 31, 2017 11:58 AM | Anonymous

    H-2B WORKFORCE COALITION LAUDS INTRODUCTION OF BIPARTISAN SENATE BILL TO REFORM H-2B VISA PROGRAM, PROVIDE CERTAINTY FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS

    Washington, D.C. – March 31, 2017 – The H-2B Workforce Coalition, an alliance of more than 40 various industry associations focused on protecting American workers by ensuring American small and seasonal employers have access to legal short-term temporary employees during peak business periods, issued the following statement supporting S. 792the Save our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act. The legislation was introduced by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Angus King (I-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), John Thune (R-SD), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Cornyn (R-TX), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Mark Warner (D-VA), and is designed to help seasonal employers better navigate the H-2B temporary non-agricultural visa program and increase certainty for small businesses by allowing seasonal employers to better prepare for fluctuations in demand.

    “The Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act is balanced and commonsense legislation that will restore clarity and predictability for landscape and other seasonal businesses relying on the H-2B program to legally fill high-season labor needs. My colleagues across the country and I join in thanking Senators King, Cassidy, and especially Senator Tillis, for their leadership,” said Daniel Currin of Greenscape Inc., Holly Springs, North Carolina.  

    “Maine small businesses like mine rely on seasonal workers to support our domestic staff during peak season,” said Bob Smith, Owner and ‘Lighthouse Keeper’ of the Sebasco Harbor Resort. “The Save our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act will provide much needed reforms to the H-2B seasonal worker visa programs and help protect my business and our 130 domestic employees who need that additional support. I thank Senators Angus King and Susan Collins and their cosponsors for their thoughtful leadership on this issue, as well as the entire Maine delegation, on both sides of the aisle, for their support.”

    “The H-2B visa program is crucial to our business,” said Jennifer Jenkins of Crystal Seas Seafood. “Without the H-2B program to supplement our American workforce, our business would not be able to operate. We hire every local available to process oysters. However, there aren't enough locals to fill the open positions. If we cannot process the oysters then we will not need maintenance, managers, supervisors, truck drivers, sales or office associates. I would like to express my complete gratitude to Senators for their support and hard work in moving this important bill through the legislative process. We are one step closer to saving so many small businesses like mine.”

    “As an industry that supports 8 million jobs across the nation and has seen dynamic growth and economic development over the past several years, the hotel industry’s success can be largely attributed to the hardworking employees and workforce that run and operate our lodging facilities, particularly during peak tourism seasons,” said Brian Crawford, Vice President of Government and Political Affairs at the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Co-Chair of the H-2B Workforce Coalition. “Lodging industry employers always look first to the U.S. workforce to fill critical job functions during peak seasons at hotels, but in many instances, there are no workers available. The H-2B program provides valuable support for businesses looking to supplement their workforce with temporary seasonal employees. We commend Senators Tillis, Cassidy and King for bipartisan legislation that provides clarity and much-needed reforms to the H-2B program in order to help American employers recruit workers for temporary employment in this country to run successful businesses.”

    “Our members in the Outdoor Amusement Business Association, applauds this bipartisan group of Senators for their leadership to help fix the H-2B visa program crisis we face, every year, to fully staffing our small seasonal, family businesses supporting America’s fairs, festivals and community events, said Robert Johnson, President and CEO of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association. “The economic impact to our industry, with not having this reliable, trained workforce year after year, is in the billions of dollars. Generations of family businesses in the mobile amusement industry support this legislation and this legal, guest worker program.”

    To learn more about the H-2B Workforce Coalition, please visit our website.


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  • Mon, March 27, 2017 2:35 PM | Anonymous

    Adam Forepaugh-Barry “Grandma” Lubin Tent #2

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    Dutch Treat Gathering

    HOSS’S

    Restaurant Duncansville PA

    (Order form the menu)

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    3:00 P.M.

    AND MORE

    Jaffa Shrine Circus

    Show times are

    11:30 A.M and 7:00 P.M.

    There are still a few tickets left for the 7:00 P.M. show

    in section J.

    You may order your tickets on line or by phone 814-944-5351

     

    Make it a 2 circus weekend, stay overnight at the Comfort Inn

    and attend the Pittsburgh Shrine Circus

    Saturday, April 8, 2017

    Show times 10:30 A.M., 2:30 P.M. and 7 P.M.

    See the spring Around the Curve for more information

     

    Looking forward to seeing everyone after a long winter.

               Larry McKee, President, Forepaugh-Lubin Tent #2

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  • Fri, March 24, 2017 4:53 PM | Anonymous

    BREAKING: ACA Repeal Bill Pulled From House Floor

    House Republicans on Friday called off a vote to repeal and replace much of the Affordable Care Act, a dramatic setback after President Donald Trump shut down negotiations and tried to force the legislation ahead.






  • Fri, March 24, 2017 4:51 PM | Anonymous

    Trump’s Labor Nominee Grilled on Overtime Rule

     

    President Trump’s nominee to head the Labor Department, Alexander Acosta, suggested in a Senate confirmation hearing yesterday that he would not support the overtime rule put out last year under the Obama administration. Acosta told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that, if confirmed, he would follow Trump’s instructions that Cabinet members review all existing regulations for possible elimination or modification.   READ MORE


  • Fri, March 24, 2017 4:50 PM | Anonymous

    2018 Gibtown Trade Show Reduced to 4-Days
    The International Independent Showmen's Association announced that the 2018 IISF Gibtown Trade Show and Extravaganza will be reduced to a four day show, opening Tuesday, February 6 and concluding on Friday, February 9, 2018.  In recent years, the show opened on Tuesday and closed Saturday, however, many vendors felt that reducing the total number of days would be more beneficial.  The 2018 trade show marks the shows 50th anniversary.  More information on the IISF Trade Show can be found on the IISA's web site at www.GibtownShowmensClub.com.


  • Fri, March 24, 2017 4:40 PM | Anonymous
  • Mon, March 20, 2017 1:44 PM | Anonymous

          

    Denny Bartokik     WayneWayne Pierce      Al DeRusha  

    OABA Recognizes New Inductees to Hall of Fame and Industry Pioneer Leaders for 2017

     During the Outdoor Amusement Business Association’s 52nd Annual Meeting, three industry leaders were added to the legacy of the mobile amusement industry’s Hall of Fame and Industry Pioneer recipients in Tampa, Florida. These individuals were selected by the OABA’s Board as being worthy of becoming industry legends.   

     The OABA recognized Industry Pioneer Denny Bartosik, highlighting his career achievements in the development of new, innovative games, trailers and LED lighting, which has revolutionized the amusement industry. His LED lighting packages have provided ride owners, concessionaires and others with programmable light displays that have added to both the appeal and the promotion of carnival midways and amusement rides. His most recent accomplishment was lighting the world’s tallest portable wheel, owned by Michael Wood and Frank Zaitshik, which debuts at the Florida State Fair.  Bartosik’s business is located in Nokomis, Florida.    

     Hall of Fame 2017 recipient OABA Senior Vice President Al DeRusha, having served the OABA for 27 years, was recognized by the Board of Directors for his dedication and creativity with membership, advertising, sponsorship and fundraising over the years. After growing up in the carnival games business, where he met his wife of 62 years, Marlene, his life took a turn to the colorful world of wrestling and sports television career, meeting many celebrities along the way. His primary focus with the OABA has been and continues to be raising funds through OABA Jammin’ Jamborees with many carnivals in the U.S. and Canada each season. With the assistance and participation of everyone at a jamboree, carnivals have raised over $4 million for the OABA that benefits OABA’s legal and government advocacy programs, protecting our members and their generational family businesses. Al is thankful and he feels blessed to be a part of this exciting, fun-filled event.  

     Hall of Fame recipient for 2017 attorney Wayne Pierce, owner of the Pierce Law Firm in Annapolis, Maryland, has worked tirelessly, supporting many different segments of the amusement industry, ASTM F 24 Committee and with industry training and safety programs such as NAARSO, AIMS and PA Showmen’s Safety certification programs. As a sole practitioner, his amusement legal practice has helped insurers, associations and government agencies to insure the highest level of rider safety and limit frivolous lawsuits. His reputation as the “good guy lawyer” is well respected and he’s sought after by many mobile amusement industry H-2B stakeholders, lobbyists and the OABA leadership to protect and defend when confronted by labor activist groups, the Department of Labor, USCIS and Department of State. 

     The OABA board congratulates these well-deserved amusement industry legends on their recognition as Hall of Fame and Industry Pioneer recipients.   

     

     

     

     

  • Fri, March 17, 2017 4:37 PM | Anonymous

    H-2B Cap Hit!  

    Act Now to #SaveH2B

    Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the 33,000 H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal 2017 was reached on March 13.  According to DHS, March 13, 2017 is the "final receipt date" for H-2B worker petitions for fiscal year 2017. The "final receipt date" is the date on which USCIS determines that it has received enough cap-subject petitions to reach the annual limit of 66,000 H-2B workers. The following petitions are exempt from the cap:

    Current H-2B workers in the U.S. petitioning to extend their stay and, if applicable,   change the terms of their employment or change their employers;

    Fish roe processors, fish roe technicians and/or supervisors of fish roe    processing; and

    Workers performing labor or services from November 28, 2009, until December 31, 2019, in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and/or Guam.

                                                    What Can You Do?

    This is a long list but we hope all H-2B employers will do each of the items below to help compel quick Congressional action!

    ·      Call your Senators and Representative and ask them to pass the H-2B returning worker exemption or other cap relief immediately. If you do not know their direct numbers, you can reach them through the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 225-3121.  Once connected to the office, ask to speak to the person who handles H-2B issues and stress the immediate need for cap relief. Congress must understand that failure to pass prompt cap relief will result in American job losses.

    ·      Encourage your employees, co-workers, customers and suppliers to also call their Senators and Representatives. Without H-2B workers, American jobs are at risk, companies may not be able to fulfill obligations to customers and they may scale back on purchases of equipment and supplies.

    ·      Set up meetings locally or in Washington, DC with your Senators and Representative. Schedule a meeting with your elected officials in their Washington, DC or district offices and stress the importance of immediate cap relief. You can also reach out to your trade association or H-2B provider to talk about scheduling group meetings.

    ·      Email your Senators and Representative.  Stress the immediate need for cap relief. Please be as specific as you can about the role this program plays in your business and how the company and its American work force will be negatively impacted by the cap.  Congress must understand that failure to pass cap relief will result in American job losses.

    • Email us a quote about the impact of the cap on your business and your American workers.  We would like to catalogue as many stories as possible out the impact of the cap of your company, your workers and your customers.  For example, will you lose contracts, need to lay off American workers, or turn away business?  Any specific estimates about financial loss are especially helpful. Please understand that the quotes you provide will be shared with lawmakers or share on the H-2B Workforce Coalition’s FaceBook page.  Please email your quotes to: sbuchalter@dclrs.com.

    ·      Create and tweet a personal video at your elected officials.  See below for more details.

    Important H-2B Twitter a Campaign – Your Videos are Needed!

     Tweet at a video at your Senators and Representative using #SaveH2B. You can find their twitter addresses at: https://twitter.com/verified/lists/us-congress/members.   

    We hope that all H-2B users will use their mobile phones to create a 30-60 second video urging Congress to address the H-2B Cap.  Please tweet the videos directly to your lawmakers and include #saveH2B.  The H-2B Workforce Coalition will also share some of the videos on our Facebook page.  Please include the following information in your video:

    ·      Your Name;

    ·      The city and state where your business is located and the geographic area that the business serves;

    • ·      A statement about the specific impact of the cap on your business such as the inability to fulfill a contract, loss of revenue, potential layoffs of American workers, the need to cancel planned equipment or supply purchases, etc.

    ·      A direct appeal to your lawmakers to work with your party leadership to pass H-2B cap relief immediately.

    ·      Remember the goal is to keep these videos under 60 seconds.

    Thank you for all you are doing to #saveH2B!

    Regards,

    H-2B Workforce Coalition Co-Chairs

     

  • Fri, March 10, 2017 4:52 PM | Anonymous

      OABA’s Board Elects New Officers and Members Elect New Directors 

     Chair Tom Gaylin, presided at the recently held OABA board meeting and 52nd Annual Member Meeting in Tampa, Florida. The Board voted to advance the following Officers through the chairs, E.J. Dean to Chair 2017, Jay Strates to First Vice Chair, Larry Yaffe to Second Vice Chair and Debbie Powers to Third Vice Chair, having served the OABA as a Director since 2010. The Board also voted to retain Mitchell Kaliff, as Treasurer.

    The following Directors were re-elected by eligible, voting members attending the 52nd OABA Annual Meeting, to continue to serve two-year terms, as nominated by the Board: Brad Dahlman, Andy Deggeller, Michael Doolan, Stacey Jamieson, Blake Huston, Ben Pickett, Scott Siefker, Greg Stewart, Mary Chris Smith and Rob Vivona. In addition, the members elected the former Directors-at-Large, to serve as Directors: Stephen Broetsky, Mary Johnson and Lance Moyer. The total Directors serving the OABA and its members totals twenty-four.

    In addition, new Directors-at-Large were named to serve the OABA, included: Bobby Hauser, Nathan Janousek, Tammy Kissel, Niki Skerbeck and Charlie Smith

     In addition, Trustee Mike Featherston, who has served the OABA for the past fifteen (15) years, stepped down as an Officer on the Executive Board and was honored by Chair Gaylin at the Annual Meeting.

     In coming Chair Dean, expressed to the OABA members at the Annual Meeting, “These OABA Officers and Directors have stepped up to represent you, our members and are among the finest leaders in this industry. They have pledged to make a difference for future generations to follow, in the mobile amusement industry.”

    For over fifty (50) years, the OABA has represented the mobile amusement industry as the largest trade association, in North America, consisting of carnivals, circuses, food/game concessionaires, independent ride owners and others, such as manufacturers and suppliers serving this industry. Its Mission: To promote the preservation and growth of the outdoor amusement industry through leadership, advocacy and education.

     

     

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