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University Lawn Service Recruits Record-High Number of Guest Workers

September 21st, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

Media Credit: Claire Henderson

From Student Life (Washington University)

By Dan Woznica

As controversy brews around the nation about the hiring of guest workers from abroad, TopCare Lawn Service, Inc, the University’s landscaping service, has drawn attention for being St. Louis’ leading employer of H-2B guest workers.

TopCare’s employees, whose duties include lawn care, litter pickup, snow removal and trash hauling, are representative of a growing number of non-U.S. citizens being recruited seasonally to work under temporary visas.

All of the approximately 36 full-time employees who currently keep the grounds of the University work under contract for TopCare Lawn Service, Inc.

Washington University has used TopCare’s services since 1992. In the last fiscal year, University resource management spent $2.7 million on its contract with TopCare. Read more…

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