Cape Cod businesses scramble to get workers for summer

Cape Cod businesses scramble to get workers for summer


AROUND A CAP ON THE SEASONAL WORK VISAS. BUT THAT’S THE STORY.>>BARTENDER LEROY BARNES ARRIVED FROM JAMAICA FOR HIS 14TH SUMMER IN FALMOUTH, WITH HELP WANTED SIGNS STILL UP AROUND THE CAPE, BUSINESSES ACKNOWLEDGE A STAFFING ISSUE.>>IT’S BEEN A CONCERN, THEY DID NOT GET THROUGH AT ALL THIS YEAR. SO IT’S BEEN, YOU KNOW, A HUGE CONCERN.>>THERE ARE WISHES THE VISAS, AND WE HAVE GREAT REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE STATEHOUSE AND LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES THAT ARE WORKING ON THAT.>>HOME LAND SECURITY HAS NOT INCREASED THE NATIONWIDE CAP ON FOREIGN WORKERS. AT THE IRISH PUB IT’S A PROBLEM.>>THEY HAVE PUT A CAP ON THE H-2-B. I COULD HAVE HAD TWO WORKERS FOR SURE THIS SUMMER THAT COULD NOT GET THEIR VISAS FROM JAMAICA. THAT I WAS COUNTING ON.>>FALMOUTH SHOREACRES INN, SATISFY CREST HOTEL AND OTHERS, ARE RELYING ON THE MORE FLEXIBLE STUDENT WORKERS. CABG E — CA — GABRIELLA JUST ARRIVED.>>IT WAS A LONG WAIT. I HAD TO GET A VISA, ATTEND A JOB INTERVIEW.>>THE FLYING BRIDGE OWNERS WITH HOTEL AND THREE CAPE RESTAURANTS SAY THEY HAVE THE RECIPE DOWN FOR DOING VISA PAPERWORK.>>WE KNOW ALL THE PROCEDURES AND WE GET IT IN EARLY AND WE’RE LUCKY, WE GOT ABOUT A HUNDRED PEOPLE. I DON’T KNOW IF WE COULD OPEN THE RESTAURANT IF WE DIDN’T HAVE THEM.>>COME DOWN. ALL THE BUSINESSES ARE READY FOR TO YOU RELAX AND SPEND SOME MONEY BUT EXPECT THERE IS SOME TALK ABOUT THE TIGHTER VISA RESTRICTIONS, THAT STARTED IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND HOW THE POLITICAL RHETORIC AROUND A POTENTIAL TRUMP TRAVEL BAN IS

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