Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

December 03, 2008

Commissioner Encourages Growers to Complete Labor Survey

Prevailing Wage Survey Due December 12; Apple & Pear Growers Need to Respond

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today encouraged fruit growers across New York to complete the prevailing wage survey issued by the New York State Department of Labor last month. The results of these surveys will determine the prevailing wages and practices that will affect the wage scale and levels of experience allowed to be utilized for all growers utilizing the H-2A program next year. The deadline to complete the survey is December 12, 2008.

"This is a critically important survey that directly impacts the effectiveness of the H-2A program," the Commissioner said. "Whether you use H-2A or not, I ask that all apple and pear growers take this survey seriously and complete it, accurately and faithfully. This survey is the building block off which wages and experience levels will be determined for next year’s work force. You and your fellow growers greatly deserve a skilled and adequate workforce, and this survey can help ensure you receive the workforce you need for the 2009 growing season. Please be sure to complete this survey by December 12th."

The prevailing wage survey is currently focused on the apple and pear industries. The survey forms the basis of the Adverse Effect Wage Rate determination, and is also used in setting the standard for experience levels for workers. Last year, fruit growers either did not complete the survey, or did not answer it accurately, and those survey responses were used to fill positions this past growing season, and caused great difficulties for growers’ seeking experienced workers.

If you are an apple or pear farmer and do not have a copy of the survey, please contact the New York State Department of Labor and request a survey form at 518-457-7520 or by

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