WGL Annual Meeting
and Labor Conference - 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m.

Yakima Convention Center
10 N 8th Street, Yakima WA  98901

Our 2015 Annual Meeting and
Labor Conference will feature
expert information on these topics:

New WSDA pesticide training initiatives
for pesticide applicators

 The H-2A Program:
How to make it work for your farm

The WGL housing program:
Helping growers meet the challenge!

The big ag labor political issues

NEW Healthcare reform:
Compliance topics for ag employers

Managing today's big immigration issues:
Qualifying for deferment of deportation,
avoiding liability with document requests,
and common I-9 issues

Managing workers' compensation insurance claims:
All you ever wanted to know

Click here for a detailed agenda


$70 per person for WGL members

$120 per person for non-members

Registration for the 2015 annual meeting
includes morning coffee and snack,
plus a gourmet lunch buffet

Classic Caesar salad
Green Bluff salad
Broiled Tri-Tip steak
Baked Alaskan Halibut
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Vegetable Medley
New York Cheesecake
French Apple Torte
Chocolate Flourless Cake

Late registration extended to
January 20, 2015

To register, complete the form below. Payment may be made by check or online with a debit or credit card via PayPal


Click here to download a mail-in registration form

2015 Annual Meeting Registration

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REVISED 2015-01-19

WGL Annual Meeting Agenda

8:00 to 8:30 a.m.
Annual Business Meeting
of the Washington Growers League

President's welcome, minutes of the 2014 annual meeting, Executive Director's report, WGL board elections

8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
New WSDA Pesticide Training Initiatives
for Pesticide Applicators

Presented by Ofelio Borges, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Farmworker Education Program

9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
The H-2A Program:
How to Make it Work for Your Farm

H-2A from an employer perspective,
presented by Troy Frostad,
Mt. Adams Orchards

H-2A from a government perspective, presented by Ignacio Marquez, WSDA

H-2A from an agent perspective, presented by Libby Whitley Fulton and Dave Fulton, owners, MasLabor

10:30 to 10:45 a.m. - Stretch Break

10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
The WGL Housing Program:
Helping Growers Meet the Challenges!

Presented by Jesse Lane, Washington Growers League Housing Program Manager

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The Big Ag Labor Political Issues

Presented by Mike Gempler, Executive Director, Washington Growers League

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Gourmet lunch buffet and presentation:
NEW Healthcare Reform: Compliance Topics for Agricultural Employers
Presented by Aviva Kamm, Shareholder, Stokes Lawrence Law Firm, Seattle and Yakima

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Managing Today's Big Immigration Issues
Presented by Tom Roach, Immigration Attorney, Roach Law

Mr. Roach will discuss how to qualify for the executive order on deferment of deportation, avoiding liability when employees request documentation, and common I-9 issues.

2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Managing Workers' Compensation Insurance Claims:
All You Ever Wanted to Know
Presented by Lloyd Brooks and Art Dalessandro, Archbright

This presentation will cover how to use light-duty and kept-on-salary status to fight time loss claims (how it works and when it pays); experience rating and the Retrospective Rating Program (how it works); and a Q&A on workers' compensation insurance.

Click here to download an agenda to print


Job Safety Basics for Agricultural Workers

Updated December 2016

Click here to watch or
download WGL's video in
English, Spanish,
Mixteco Alto or
Mixteco Bajo

First DVD is free.
Additional copies are $10 plus tax and shipping

Check out our farmworker housing resources

Sage Bluff Seasonal Housing
in Malaga, WA

Brender Creek
Seasonal Housing

in Cashmere, WA

Rent-A-Tent Housing
for cherry harvest

Reform News

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the latest news

Updated 06/19/2018

Bills & Documents

Republicans introduce Border Security and Immigration Reform Act, June 19, 2018
Border Security and Immigration Reform Act

Department of Homeland Security Memo issued 02/20/2017
Enforcement of the
Immigration Laws to
Serve the National Interest

A new research report showing the contributions immigrants make to Washington's economy
The Contributions of New Americans in Washington
Released August 2016

A report from the
American Action Forum
Budgetary & Economic
Costs of Addressing
Unauthorized Immigration

Released March 2015

Legal Workforce Act
HR 1147, Feb. 27, 2015

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