Bordallo Introduces the Guam Temporary Workforce Act
Washington, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo introduced H.R. 6480, the Guam Temporary Workforce Act. Congresswoman Bordallo has been concerned that the near 100 percent denial of temporary H-2B petitions on Guam has hindered the island’s ability to grow the economy and provide affordable and timely services to the people of Guam. Congresswoman Bordallo’s Guam Temporary Workforce Act would ensure that the island’s civilian labor needs are met by giving the Governor of Guam more control over the temporary labor determination process.
Specifically, H.R. 6480 would allow the Governor of Guam to determine the need for temporary workers in Guam’s civilian labor market, while providing him with the ability to safeguard the local economy from an overreliance on temporary workers.
H.R. 6480 builds on Congresswoman Bordallo’s efforts in last year’s National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 that provided relief from the H-2B’s temporary workforce requirement for construction projects directly connected to or associated with the Marine realignment. She also included a provision in this year’s defense bill, which is expected to be approved later this week, that would extend this exemption for health care workers until 2023. H.R. 6480 broadens these temporary workforce exemptions to include relief for all civilian projects on Guam.
“I fully support providing job opportunities and career advancement for those already living on Guam. However, we do not have the population or organic workforce needed to fill our island’s labor demands,” said Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo.
“The Guam Temporary Workforce Act allows the Governor of Guam to increase the number of temporary employees on the island by certifying the temporary labor needs of Guam’s employers. An increase in temporary employees will supplement our local workforce and provide our island with the health, construction, and other services it needs. We have made progress on this issue, and this bill provide a full exemption for all civilian projects on Guam,” continued Congresswoman Bordallo.