YES TO IMPROVED STATUS MOTORCADE AND ASSEMBLY SUNDAY!



















May 14, 2010

What: “Yes to Improved Status” Unity Movement Motorcade & Assembly
When: Sunday, May 16, 2010 starting at 2:00pm
Where: From Kilili Beach to American Memorial Park
Why: To show support for the U.S. Secretary of Interior’s recommendations of long-term status for legal aliens who have resided in the CNMI for five years or more, and to urge U.S. Congress to act quickly on the recommendations.
Who: All members of the community are invited

All the people of the Northern Mariana Islands are invited to join in the Unity Movement Motorcade & Assembly on Sunday, May 16, 2010 beginning at Kilili Beach at 2:00pm and ending at American Memorial Park at 5:00pm.

The purpose of the Unity Movement Motorcade & Assembly is to show support for the U.S. Secretary of Interior’s recommendations for long-term status for legal alien workers who have resided in the CNMI for five years or more; to urge U.S. Congress to act quickly on the recommendations; and to bring the entire community together in support of long-term status for legal aliens in order to stabilize the workforce and keep families together.

The May 16 Motorcade & Assembly program will include inspirational messages, cultural entertainment, and the launching of several petitions that will showcase community-wide support for long-term status for guest workers, including support from local businesses, faith-based organizations, and residents across the CNMI, including Rota and Tinian. Sample letters and addresses of members of Congress will also be distributed.

All participants are asked to wear white on May 16, symbolizing both peace and hope, and are invited to bring their own signs and banners showing their support of long-term status.

For more information about the Unity Movement Motorcade & Assembly, contact Rabby Syed at 285-3306 or Boni Sagana at 989-4844. Businesses or individuals interested in making in-kind donations of water, trash bags, banners, placards, paint supplies, printing and copying services (for letters and petitions), and other materials may contact Ronnie Doca at 285-9255 or Yho Villavicencio at 285-8769.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here is some research material. Google all the U.S. senators and congressmen and count how many are for or against immigration reform. Count how many states are enacting legislation similar to Arizona. Americans are fearing for their livelihoods.

The U.S. Congress will not act on the recommendations. They will be shelved and they will let Federal law take its course which is to reduce are dependency on foreign workers and have Americans working in America.

Contract workers cashed in during the Garment Factory Boom, but that boom is over. The need for mass contract workers is over. The time for work permits is over. The Federal Government has already put a deadline of 2014 for -0- Zero contract workers in the CNMI.

Hopefully, next week, Congress will see the truth and DENY any improved status to Contract Workers and put this to rest finally.

Anonymous said...

Here is some research material. Google all the U.S. senators and congressmen and count how many are for or against immigration reform. Count how many states are enacting legislation similar to Arizona. Americans are fearing for their livelihoods.

The U.S. Congress will not act on the recommendations. They will be shelved and they will let Federal law take its course which is to reduce are dependency on foreign workers and have Americans working in America.

Contract workers cashed in during the Garment Factory Boom, but that boom is over. The need for mass contract workers is over. The time for work permits is over. The Federal Government has already put a deadline of 2014 for -0- Zero contract workers in the CNMI.

Hopefully, next week, Congress will see the truth and DENY any improved status to Contract Workers and put this to rest finally.

BOTW said...

anon 5:30 pm

if you really believe what you say is true, why bother to comment here? just sit back. relax and wait for December 31, 2014. oh wait, maybe this deadline will be extended and you would have to wait til the extension date.

if you're lucky, your wait might be shorter if the U.S. Congress decides to grant the alien an improved status sooner than 12/31/14.

keep a rein on your fear, it's not good for your heart.

Anonymous said...

I still think it would be better for all of the workers to have a "sick in" for a couple of days, better yet maybe a week.
This would have an impact that would ripple down the lines and affect everybody.
From banking, gas stations, grocery, construction etc.
Lets see how many "locals" could fill the jobs.
Many are complaining that these workers are taking the jobs away from the locals.
How many locals that actually could do many of the jobs would work for the minimum wage?
Of these, how many would actually show up for work everyday?
From the past experience over the years involved with "local" workers, most, NOT all, usually have an excuse to not to come to work.
Excuses ranging from "my wife's uncles cousin's child is sick,to "I have to cook for my brother in law's uncle's party.(and every other imaginable excuse)
When payday comes they go to the bank and never come back until no more money.
This is besides the "personal errands" during the day (with company vehicles)
Maybe the best thing is for all of the workers to take a month vacation at the same time then see what happens.
Well any kind of status that does not tie these workers to a specific employer will have an affect on the hourly wage in the private sector and provide competition for the best qualified to be hired from any person available.
On the other side it will also get rid of many workers that are not qualified and the ones that get complacent over the years.
Many of these contract workers just show up for work everyday and just punch their time and do their own thing knowing that many of the companies will not get rid of them as it is too costly.
Most cannot work by themselves, they need two to four guys to do one person's job.
This will also change soon and many of these workers will be sent home.

Anonymous said...

fear, envy, hatred on all ocw, pls. stop you are hurting everyone, we are a legal member of this community no matter how you feel and it is not bad to dream for AMERICAN DREAM!

Anonymous said...

I can't understand this argument about improved status increasing wages and allowing the hiring the best qualified person. The former CNMI DOL system displaced many local workers and the upcoming CW visa will displace locals and guest workers alike even if status is given. If accountants with 20 years experience from Somalia want to work in the CNMI for $1/hr. and the U.S. government allowed it, would it be fair to pick them over a recent local graduate from Harvard. Isn't the Somalian the best qualified person?

If the U.S. government forced the employer to pay a nonresident accountant with no experience $20/hr. and a nonresident accountant with 10 yrs. experience $35/hr., if the Harvard graduate is willing to work for $19/hr., who would the employer pick?

If nonresidents are given status, under the original CW visa regulations, many employers will still have the ability to recruit from abroad with 4.55/hr for all job categories (except skilled with proper licenses). Would it be fair to hire the worker from abroad with twice the experience at 4.55/hr over the current guest workers who now holds "improved status".

RED OCTOBER said...

anon 5:30pm
Since you dont like the GW here.Now tell your guv to deport all GW including their childrens like the NAZIS did.Of course the CNMI will pick the tab and i dont think the feds will shoulder that.This mess was your mess 16,000 + GW Start looking the money for our airfare NOW!.

Anonymous said...

Better to make it equal among the contract based worker and the local workers, why don't businesses and companies make everyone on a contract basis... mirror the contract workers contract and serve it to local workers too.
every single part of the contract inclusive of tardiness and absentism penalties,non compliance on what the office requires and a mandatory drug testing and medical testing yearly.
this will ensure that workers will be bound to work on time. if they don't the company has the opportunity to terminate the contract with all the reasons available.

Anonymous said...

Individual medical insurance coverage is approximately $340 a month. For a 160 hour month, that comes out to about $2.12 an hour. $4.55/hr. with medical coverage could be viewed as $6.67/hr. Locals with the same jobs are making 4.55/hr. with no medical benefits. I agree with anon 6:29, make it equal!

Anonymous said...

Anon at 3:31. Your emotions seem to be clouding your reading comprehension. We are asking for Congress to decide now!

Anonymous said...

anon 6:29
Then match aliens performance and know-how if you want equality.

Anonymous said...

I goggle it. Look!! What I found very interesting material for dummies like anon 319pm: CNMI GW are not illegal they have been working paying taxes in the CNMI for 5 years & up they are also currently part of the community. Whether you like it or not they are part of your every day life everywhere you go you see them. Your idol the Guvnah brought them here and created this mess, now the feds are here to clean what your idol created. Embrace it and move along lets work together for the brighter CNMI.

Tom Cruz