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									          COALIT ION OF FLORIDA FARM W ORKER ORGANIZAT IONS, Inc .


CSBG/T&TA
June 30, 2009
                                                                 Participating Community

 Special Interest
 Articles:
                    Summary:
 • WIA program
                    The Coalition of Florida Farmworker Organizations (COFFO)
   cuts for 2010.   has been contracting with the Department of Community
                    Affairs on a project that will assist Community Action Agencies
 • Intro to Ag      with high farmworker concentrations outreach farmworkers.
                    The contract requires that COFFO establish a CSBG
   Guest-Work
                    Farmworker Advisory Council.
   Bill
                    COFFO would like to thank all the CAA members who helped
                    by sending information that can be shared through out Florida.
 • Losses This
   Season


 • ―Be Counted in
   2010‖.
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 E-NEWS YOU CAN USE

 Monday, May 11, 2009
 On Thursday, May 7th, the White House released its detailed spending request for Fiscal
 Year (FY) 2010, as well as a volume of proposed cuts or eliminations to 121 programs that
 would save $17 billion in 2010. Although most workforce programs were funded at FY
 2009 levels, Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult, Youth, and Dislocated Worker
 programs received a substantial infusion of funds from the American Recovery and
 Reinvestment Act, which is also known as the Recovery Act. The chart below illustrates
 specific funding details.
                                              USDOL Employment and Training Administration
                                                 (Figures noted in thousands of dollars)

                      Program                     Fiscal Year   Recovery Act   Fiscal Year 2010   Dollar Difference    % Difference
                                                     2009                          Request         Between Fiscal      Between FY
                                                                                                   Year 2009 and       2009 and FY
                                                                                                    Fiscal Year          Request
                                                                                                   2010 Request
   Adult Employment and Training Activities           861,540       500,000            861,540                    0            0.00%

   Dislocated Workers Employment and                1,341,891      1,450,000         1,413,000              71,109             5.30%
   Training Activities
   Youth Activities                                   924,069      1,200,000           924,069                   0             0.00%
   Green Jobs Innovation Fund                               0             0             50,000              50,000     Not Applicable
   Workforce Data Quality Initiative                        0             0             15,000              15,000    Not Applicable
   Reintegration of Ex-Offenders                      108,493             0            115,000               6,507             6.00%
   Career Pathways Innovation Fund                    125,000             0            135,000              10,000             8.00%
   Pilots, Demonstrations and Research                 48,781             0             57,500               8,719            17.87%

   Evaluations                                          6,918             0             11,600               4,682            67.68%
   Women in Apprenticeship                              1,000             0              1,000                   0             0.00%
   Denali Commission                                    3,378             0                   0             -3,378          -100.00%
   Indian and Native American Programs                 52,758             0             52,758                   0             0.00%

   Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers                    82,620             0             82,620                   0             0.00%
   Youthbuild                                          70,000        50,000            114,476              44,476            63.54%
   Job Training for Employment in High                      0       750,000                   0                  0     Not Applicable
   Growth Industries
   Total Budget Authority                           3,626,448      3,950,000         3,833,563            207,115              5.71%

                                         Source: FY 2010 Department of Labor, Budget in Detail



Proposed new USDOL budget items are the Green Jobs Innovation Fund, and the Workforce
Data Quality Initiative. The Green Jobs Innovation Fund is designed to complement and
extend the job training for employment in high growth industries grants funded under the
Recovery Act. The President is requesting $50 million which ETA would use to award 25 -60
grants with an estimated 8,300 trainees.
The Workforce Data Quality Initiative will provide competitive grants to support the develop ment
of longitudinal data systems that integrate education and workforce data in order to track
individuals as they progress through the education system and into the workforce. The budget
requests $15 million for this initiative.
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 The Coalition will continue to monitor the FY 2010 appropriations process for our members and
 report important findings – as well as competitive grant opportunities – as they become
 available.

 PRESIDENT CALLS FOR REVIEW OF JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS
 This past Friday, May 8th, President Obama announced his intent to review the nation's job
 training programs. As part of that effort, he announced a new program for states and colleges to
 help the jobless seek education and training without losing their unemployment benefits.

 In a few weeks, President Obama will lay out a fundamental rethinking of the nation’s job
 training, vocational education, and community college programs. "It's time to move beyond the
 idea that we need several different programs to address several different problems -- we need
 one comprehensive policy that addresses our comprehensive challenges," said President
 Obama. In the past, similar remarks from a President have signaled major legislative changes.
 To      view    the   President’s    comments,    please    go    to     the   following  link
 http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-on-Job-Creation-and-
 Job-Training-5/8/09/.

 WIA REAUTHORIZATION UPDATE

 On Tuesday, May 5th, the House Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and
 Competitiveness held a hearing to examine best practices for improving adult education and
 family literacy. This was the fourth hearing that the Subcommittee has held as it works toward
 reauthorizing WIA. The hearing examined best practices for improving adult education and
 family literacy programs funded under Title II of WIA.

 As the hearing ended, subcommittee Chairman Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) cautioned that the new
 version of WIA must “cap” how much money is spent on subcontractors and administration. His
 analysis from 1998 to now showed that some regions were spending only 30% to 40% of federal
 resources on training for individuals. He felt that subcontractor’s profits, wasteful use of funds,
 and heavy

 administrative costs needed to be addressed in the future legislation. "I would like to see a
 minimum of 60 percent (of the resources) used for training of participants.‖ Before he adjourned
 the hearing, Chairman Hinojosa asked the audience for ideas how to cap the profits made by
 subcontractors and reduce administrative expenses .

 The Coalition will continue to carefully monitor WIA Reauthorization and strategically
 advocate Coalition positions.
 WIA ALLOTMENTS FOR FY 2009 AVAILABLE

 On Thursday, May 7 th, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issued Training and
 Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 20-08 providing WIA Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth
 Activities Program Allotments for Program Year 2009. Coalition members may want to use this
 information to plan for Program Year 2009.           The website for the ETA TEGL is
 http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEGL/TEGL20-08.pdf.
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SENATE APPROVES TWO LABOR DEPARTMENT NOMINEES
On Friday, May 1st, the Senate approved Brian Kennedy to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for
Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, and T. Michael Kerr to be Assistant Secretary of
Labor for Administration and Management. The Coalition wishes them both well in their new
responsibilities.



NEWS From Washington
Feinstein introduces ag guest-worker bill

By Michael Doyle / Bee Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Thursday introduced an ambitious
agricultural guest-worker bill that faces a harder road than ever before.

Feinstein’s legislation to legalize upward of 2 million illegal immigrant farmworkers and their
family members resembles similar bills that have been regularly but unsuccessfully introduced
since September 2003.

Herself a former opponent of the agricultural guest-worker proposal, Feinstein now says it is
needed to keep farms in business.

The legislation combines streamlining of the existing but infrequently used H-2A guest-worker
program with a legalization plan for farmworkers already in the United States illegally.

―There is a farm emergency in this country,‖ Feinstein said in a half-hour Senate speech, and
―most of it is caused by the absence of farm labor.‖

The illegal immigrant farmworkers could attain temporary legal status after meeting certain
criteria, including a commitment to keep working in agriculture for several years. Eventually,
they could apply to become U.S. citizens.

―There are very few Americans who are willing to take the jobs in a hot field, doing
backbreaking labor,‖ Feinstein said, ―and that’s just a fact.‖

There is much about the 105-page bill that is familiar.

The coalition supporting the Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security Act, or
AgJOBS, remains largely intact. The United Farm Workers of America supports the legislation,
as do farm groups like the California Farm Bureau Federation.

The evidence offered in support of the bill is also familiar.
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  Feinstein on Thursday resurrected previously told stories about farmers hurt by worker
  shortages — like Lake County pear farmer Toni Scully, whose lost-crop plight was first
  publicized in 2006. Feinstein used a three-year-old photo of Scully to help make her case.

  But a coalition of border-security advocates and other skeptics, too, remains intact, and in
  some potentially important ways the advocates have lost clout.

  The original Republican co-author of the AgJOBS effort, Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho, has
  since retired, his reputation tarnished by an arrest in an airport men’s room. So far, none of
  the 17 Senate co-sponsors of Feinstein’s bill is Republican.

  The original Democratic author and a longtime force in immigration politics, Sen. Edward
  Kennedy of Massachusetts, is all but out of commission with brain cancer. Kennedy has
  missed 69 of the last 73 Senate votes taken since April 1.

  But even getting the bill introduced is an important step forward, said Joel Nelsen,
  president of the Exeter-based California Citrus Mutual: ―You’ve got to put your marker
  down.‖


  Forwarded by Greg Schell

  LAKELAND LEDGER June 26, 2009

  Growers Faced Many Losses This Season
  BONITA SPRINGS - Rumors of the death of the Florida citrus industry have been greatly exaggerated,
  Mike Sparks told journalists at the beginning of his annual "State of Florida Citrus" address Thursday.

  Tongues will continue wagging, however, until the industry conquers its No. 1 threat, citrus greening.

  "Certainly the first words that come to mind is a sense of urgency," said Sparks, the chief executive at
  Lakeland-based Florida Citrus Mutual, the state's largest growers' representative. "The spread of
  (greening) makes it the most serious disease on the planet. It's put a $9 billion industry at risk."

  The Sparks address came at the Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference hosted by Citrus Mutual in
  Bonita Springs.

  Greening is a fatal bacterial disease that has spread to every commercial citrus county in Florida, he
  said. Because many citrus growers won't replant groves destroyed by greening, it's a factor in the
  continuing decline of citrus acreage and fruit production across the state.

  The just completed 2008-09 Florida citrus season has been particularly tough because, while greening
  increases grove caretaking costs, many growers of oranges, the state's largest citrus commodity, sold
  this season's crop at a loss.

  Sparks put the growers' break-even point for juice oranges at $1.25 per pound solids, a measure of
  how much juice processors squeeze from the fruit. Processors, who buy 95 percent of Florida oranges,
  pay based on pound solids.

  But the cash-market price, paid for fruit delivered to the processor's door on the spot, hovered around
  80 cents to 90 cents per pound solids for most of the season, Sparks said.
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Factors holding down farm prices this season include high inventories of juice from previous
seasons held by Florida processors and declining U.S. retail OJ sales, Sparks said. Those highlight
the need for stronger OJ marketing at the Florida Department of Citrus.

Factors holding down farm prices this season include high inventories of juice from previ ous
seasons held by Florida processors and declining U.S. retail OJ sales, Sparks said. Those
highlight the need for stronger OJ marketing at the Florida Department of Citrus.

But, he added, "if we don't beat greening, we simply won't have a product to sell."

In morning seminars at the conference, growers got a complicated picture of current federal
immigration reform efforts from Brian Koji of the Tampa law firm of Allen, Norton and Blue PA.

The Obama administration has announced a shift in immigration policy to enforcement actions
against employers who "hire illegal immigrants to drive down wages," Koji said.

The previous Bush administration had targeted the workers themselves, he said. Administrative
actions rose from 25 cases in 2002 to 4,077 cases in 2007.
The Bush administration also attempted to toughen the rules that allowed employers to retain
workers after receiving "no-match letters" from the Social Security Administration. That notifies
employers the worker's name and Social Security

But employers still need to strictly follow new procedures for filling out the new DHS I-9 forms and
dealing with no-match letters to avoid legal liability, Koji said.

The Obama administration also quashed a last-minute Bush reform dealing with the federal H-2A
program, which allows agriculture employers to bring in temporary foreign workers legally. The
Bush reform, favored by Florida citrus and other agriculture groups, eliminated H-2A red tape.
The U.S. Census Bureau is issuing a call to action:
“BE COUNTED IN 2010”

CENSUS 201A 2010 Census Summit was hosted by the Atlanta Regional Census Center of
the US Census Bureau. A day and a half summit was held to brainstorm and discuss
strategies to help ensure and accurate and complete count for the 2010 decennial census.
The summit was held in Lake Buena Vista Florida on June 25, 2009.
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 Pictured are several Farmworker partners from south Florida who participated in the Atlanta
 Regional Census Center’s 2010 Migrant Farm worker Partnership Summit held in Orlando, Florida
 area June 25, 2009. (Left to right; Maria Adame, COFFO, Sheryl Soukup, Immokalee Nonprofit
 Housing, Lucy Ortiz, Shelter for Abused Women , Marcela Rice, Partnership Specialist, Robert
 Sele, Amigos en Cristo).

 The focus of this summit was to reach out to farmworker groups and other organizati ons such as:
 Community Based Organizations, Faith-Based Organizations, local schools, child care and health
 providers, who can play a major role in assisting the Census Bureau, in counting everyone. Yes,
 especially those hard to serve difficult populations, such as rural poor, migrant farm worker,
 immigrants and Hispanics. Discussions centered on bridging existing barriers and fears associated
 with inaccurate reporting. ―The Fear of outsiders often keeps individuals from filling out the
 questionnaire. Confidentiality of data and information reported was at the top of the list of topics
 discussed. Many individuals/families fear government; is well know.

 However, it is very important for all of us to understand and realize that the Census data is used for
 the allocation of funds to States. Historically more than 300 billion is allocated to States with grants
 awards and amounts based in part on the Census population data. It has been documented that in
 the past special populations, such as rural poor and farmworkers have gone unreported and/or just
 not counted. This is our opportunity to get involved and to help ensure everyone gets reported and
 we receive our fair share. It is also very important for all of us to do our part. The Census Bureau
 is reaching out to everyone for help. Although there were no CAA represented at this summit.
 COFFO is committed to ensuring the Census Bureau reaches out to all CAAs in Florida. By
 partnering with the Census we all can make a real difference in 2010. If the Census Bureau has not
 yet reach out to you, ―Take the first step and reach out to your local Census Partnership Specialist
 in their area.

 In addition, the Bureau is recruiting minorities and bilingual employees to help identify and assist
 individuals with the census questioners. Anyone interested in obtaining employment with the bureau
 should contact. Contact the Census Bureau at 2010census.gov and for employment in your area
 2010censusjobs.gov or toll-free 1-866-861-2010. Again all Community Action Agency’ should
 activity get involved with the 2010 Census.

								
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