IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING WAGES FOR TEMPORARY AGRICULTURAL JOBS
The Department of Labor recently announced new minimum wage rates, called Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs), that employers must offer and pay, at the time work is performed, to nonimmigrant H-2A workers and workers in corresponding employment beginning on the effective date of the new wage rates. To see the new hourly AEWRs for non-range occupations (effective January 1, 2023) and the national monthly AEWR for herding or production of livestock work on the range (effective January 1, 2023), please visit: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/foreign-labor/wages/adverse-effect-wage-rates
The employer will furnish, without charge, all tools, supplies, and equipment required in the performance of the specified work. Workers will be charged for any willful damage or loss of such tools and equipment.
Workers may seed plant trays.
Workers may clean and wash plant trays.
Workers may apply water and fertilizers to plants in trays.
Workers may clip and mow plants.
Workers may load plant trays onto trucks and wagons.
Workers may ride setting machine to plant tobacco.
Workers may plant by hand.
Workers may load plant trays onto equipment for setting.
Workers may stack and remove trays from fields.
Workers may prepare fields for planting.
Workers may reset missing plants by hand.
Workers may pull suckers from plants.
Workers may break tops & bad leaves from plants.
Workers may apply oils to tops of plants.
Workers will cut ripe plants off at the ground using tobacco knife and spear stalk over metal spear on to a wooden stick (stick is 48” long, one end is stuck in the ground and metal spear is placed on another end).
Workers will drop sticks in standing tobacco, before cutting, by hand or by machine.
Workers will transfer loaded sticks from ground to wagon or trailer in an orderly fashion. Industry standard is six (6) plants per stick. (Stick and plants may weigh up to 80 pounds)
Workers will transfer loaded stick from wagon or trailer to other workers standing on rails in the tobacco barn. Workers standing on rails will either hang sticks between rails and separate plants or transfer to another worker standing on the rails above them (rails may be 48” apart and from 6 feet to 40 feet above ground).
Workers may place wood & sawdust in barns for curing process.
Workers will remove tobacco from rails in the barn and transport tobacco to stripping room.
Workers will pull leaves from plant stalks by hand and place in bailing machine.
Workers will operate bailing machines and may be asked to separate leaves into two (2) or more quality grades of tobacco prior to bailing.
Other Related Duties:
Workers may chop weeds from between plants with a hoe.
Workers may remove tops and suckers from plants and apply side dressing.
45-2092.00 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse
The job/industry classification and description includes general information on the position from ONET/OES and the North American Industry Classification System. Please review Job Duties and Job Order for more information.
Months of Experience Required:
This could include workers preparing barns, preparing land for planting, draining fields, maintenance of tools and equipment, and other work that is directly related to growing tobacco or crop and activities for which the worker was hired. Such work will be offered when climate or crop conditions preclude working in the primary activities stated above. Alternative work may only be required if the first week wage guarantee listed in 20 CFR 653.501 is invoked.
Workers will begin at an assigned time, 7:00 am and continue until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If work is available beyond normal workdays the employer may offer, but not require, the worker the opportunity to work additional hours. Workers are not required to work the Sabbath Day or Federal Holidays. Worker may be required to work in the fields when leaves are wet with dew or rain and should have suitable clothing for conditions including light rain and temperatures ranging from 60 degrees to 100.