Going Downhill

Immigration legislation now before the Senate would let employers in the United States drive down the wages and benefits of U.S. workers by importing hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of guest workers from other countries. An amendment by Senator Bernie Sanders would prohibit companies from hiring temporary guest workers if they recently laid-off or fired U.S. workers. Now, he wants a Labor Department investigation into job cuts at a Vermont ski resort.

Immigration legislation now before the Senate would let employers in the United States drive down the wages and benefits of U.S. workers by importing hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of guest workers from other countries. An amendment by Senator Bernie Sanders would prohibit companies from hiring temporary guest workers if they recently laid-off or fired U.S. workers. Now, he wants a Labor Department investigation into job cuts at a Vermont ski resort.

The Rutland Herald first disclosed this week that Powdr Corp, the new owner of the Killington and Pico ski resorts, fired a significant number of full-time workers. Sanders asked Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to investigate. Killington Ltd., which recently sold the resort, had secured visas to bring in about 180 foreign athletic trainers, instructors, tow lift operators, snowmaker operators and housecleaners.

To read the Rutland Herald article about the layoffs and Senator Sanders' response, click here and here.

To listen to an explanation of the Sanders-Grassley Amendment, click here.

To read Senator Sanders' letter to Secretary Chao, click here.