guest worker


Definition of guest worker 

: a foreign laborer working temporarily in an industrialized usually European country

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Farmworker advocates also have attacked the bill, citing concerns including the removal of some labor protections for guest workers, and the undermining of bargaining power. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "As Washington growers struggle with labor shortage, vote in Congress on farmworker bill remains elusive," 5 Aug. 2018 Hostility toward guest workers has also bubbled up into violence, as in the case of Garmin engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was killed in a hate crime in Kansas the month after the executive order. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Steve Bannon is pushing anti-immigrant policies at an upcoming tech conference," 31 Oct. 2018 To bring in their crops, farmers and growers have increasingly turned to guest workers brought in under the H-2A visa program, which allows foreign workers to do temporary agricultural work in the United States. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "As Washington growers struggle with labor shortage, vote in Congress on farmworker bill remains elusive," 5 Aug. 2018 Moscow continues to illegally export oil to North Korea and to hire North Korean guest workers for construction projects in Siberia. Samuel Ramani, Washington Post, "Why Russia is openly violating sanctions against North Korea," 23 Apr. 2018 Senator Sanders voted against a bill in 2007 that would have given a path to citizenship for 12m undocumented people, on the basis that the proposal also allowed companies to bring in guest workers, undermining unions. The Economist, "Fork in the roadShould the party move to the left or to the centre?," 12 July 2018 The guest worker issue has split the Republican party, however, becoming a major stumbling block in House Republicans' efforts to reach a deal on an immigration bill. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "Trump administration pushes changes to farmworker visa," 15 June 2018 Eastern Shore crab houses, where crustaceans are picked for the meat sold in grocery stores and restaurants, are without about 35 percent of their usual work force after many failed to get necessary guest worker visas. Scott Dance,, "Amid crab worker shortage, Maryland officials approve $375,000 to boost marketing — not work force," 20 June 2018 Critics of the guest worker program say such jobs should pay more, in order to atttract more teenagers and American workers who have dropped out of the labor force. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "DHS to issue 15,000 more guest worker visas amid clamor over labor shortage," 25 May 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of guest worker

: a person from one country who lives and works for a time in another country

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