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H-2B lawsuit gains backing from Guam realtors

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The Guam Association of Realtors is supporting a lawsuit in federal court seeking relief for businesses hurting from the lack of skilled construction workers on H-2B visas on island.

The association has pledged about $5,000 to assist with legal fees in the case.

Backing from Guam’s real estate industry arrives at the onset of what may be a looming shortage of units in the local housing market. Guam began experiencing unprecedented denials of H-2B visa petitions at the beginning of last year. Local contractors use temporary foreign labor to augment their work force, particularly in times of large-scale construction projects, such as those related to the military buildup.

The lack of H-2B approvals prompted the Guam Contractors Association and several contractors to file suit against federal labor officials in October 2016.