Farm Labor: The Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR)

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American agricultural employers have long utilized foreign workers on a temporary basis, regarding them as an important labor resource. At the same time, the relatively low wages and adverse working conditions of such workers have caused them to be viewed as a threat to domestic American workers. Some have argued that foreign guest workers compete unfairly with U.S. workers — both in terms of compensation that they are willing to accept and by making it somewhat more difficult for domestic workers to organize and to bargain with management. To mitigate any “adverse effect”for the domestic workforce, a system of wage ... continued below

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Whittaker, William G. April 14, 2005.

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American agricultural employers have long utilized foreign workers on a
temporary basis, regarding them as an important labor resource. At the same time,
the relatively low wages and adverse working conditions of such workers have
caused them to be viewed as a threat to domestic American workers. Some have
argued that foreign guest workers compete unfairly with U.S. workers — both in
terms of compensation that they are willing to accept and by making it somewhat
more difficult for domestic workers to organize and to bargain with management.
To mitigate any “adverse effect”for the domestic workforce, a system of wage
floors was developed that applies, variously, both to alien and citizen workers: i.e.,
the adverse effect wage rate (AEWR).
This report deals with one element of immigration (i.e., namely the H-2A
workers). It introduces the adverse effect wage rate, it examines the concerns out of
which it grew, and it explains at least some of the problems that have been
encountered in giving it effect.

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  • April 14, 2005

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Whittaker, William G. Farm Labor: The Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR), report, April 14, 2005; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs9115/: accessed November 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.