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Labor Outlook for 2021 and Beyond
Grapegrowing Breakout Session

Regardless of which political party prevails in the 2020 elections, new leadership and policy priorities will assert themselves in Washington, DC and in state capitals throughout the country. What will these changes mean for immigration reform, labor availability and workforce management issues? This panel session will explore the likely policy changes in store for 2021 and what that means for the status of immigrant farmworkers and the H2A program.

*Applied For 0.5 Professional Development CCA CE Units

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John Aguirre
California Association of Winegrape Growers

John Aguirre serves as president of the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG). CAWG advocates for public policies, research and education programs, and sustainable farming practices to enhance the business of growing California winegrapes. The association represents the growers of more than 50-percent of the gross grape tonnage crushed for wine and concentrate in California.

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Jeanne Malitz
Malitzlaw, Inc., California

Jeanne M. Malitz is the principal of Malitzlaw, Inc. which focuses on employment-based immigration matters with an emphasis on permanent and temporary labor certification for agricultural employers. Her practice also includes counseling on employment verification including E-Verify and I-9-related issues. Ms. Malitz actively participates in advocacy for immigration reform through national committee work on behalf of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA) and the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE).

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Louie Perry
Cornerstone Government Affairs, Washington D.C.

Louie Perry has more than 28 years of experience in Washington, D.C. on issues ranging from health to travel and transportation, agriculture, corporate and appropriations.

Louie leads the firm’s work with organizations such as a national hunting and wildlife conservation association, the largest state winegrape grower association in the country, a trade association representing 95 percent of the nation’s egg producers and processors, America’s most respected health care and pharmaceutical company, and the prearranged ground transportation industry’s trade association.

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