The Games Continue...

April 19, 2011

DOL Dismisses Cases

The CNMI Department of Labor ( DOL) announced that it has closed 403 appeals cases filed by foreign workers.

Closed? Doesn’t it mean dismissed, or is ignoring, or is pretending they are not there? What determines “closure” of cases? They got sick of issuing hearing dates?

The affected workers have "15 days from April 18th to appeal the decision." I guess the notices are published in newspapers, but not on the DOL website for some reason?

Anyone with an outstanding case, especially those who were victims of wage theft by criminal employers should appeal. It would be helpful if an attorney could file a class action to prevent the routine dismissal of cases. In fact, why hasn't the U.S. DOJ investigated why the DOL has routinely ignored employer violations to the detriment of the foreign workers? This is not something new in the CNMI.

Guard Pleads Guilty

As reported previously here, Tyron Fitial, the juvenile detention center guard who abused his office by allegedly sexually assaulting 3 female children, has plead guilty to enticement of a minor. He will be sentenced on July 21, 2011.

I hope he cooperates with the federal law enforcement officials, and may he be sentenced to the maximum time in federal prison.

 You can read the plea agreement here:

Misplaced Outrage?

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo expressed outrage that a delegation of U.S. Senators stopped to refuel in Guam on their way to Hong Kong and he wasn't invited to greet them. He issued a statement that sounded like a whine. It said in part:
Here is yet another compelling reason the Guam Legislature, Lt. Gov. Tenorio and I are working together to call for a vote of self-determination. We cannot continue on as a colony of the United States. We should either be a part of the U.S., with voting membership in the House and Senate and the right to vote for President, or we should govern ourselves. This is a message we will share with U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Carl Levin when they visit with us next week. At least these gentlemen have the consideration and decency to meet with their fellow Americans in Guam.
(Read the entire statement here.)

Of course, CNMI officials weighed in to express their views saying that the oversight was a "snub."

Seriously? The plane stopped on Guam only to refuel for a very short time. The island's own U.S. Delegate Madeleine Bordallo knew about the visit.

Snubbed? Doubtful. More likely that the so-called snub is another complaint by discontent officials that are calling to "re-examine" the political relationship between the U.S. and the CNMI and/or Guam. By all means re-examine.


Anonymous said...

Hey Eddie and Stan, Want to vote for president? Become a state. Only residents of states vote for president and have voting members of Congress. Want more perks? Pay federal taxes. The real message is that some island officials think that they are the center of the universe. They aren't.

Anonymous said...

As I have stated before and many others in other areas.
A US official aircraft flying with that many US Legislative members could be a big terrorist target.

Even when I was in the military, many military flights were not published when certain Generals or other officials were on them.(and that was in the 60's)
And this Guam's Senator should have kept things quiet, since she knew about the flight and it's destination.
She should have not said anything to the Guam Gov. at all.
If anything happened to that plane and occupants, that would have been a big accomplishment for the terrorists, like the twin Towers on 911.
A military or official USA aircraft would not land in a Civilian airport anyway for refueling. (if there is a choice)
There was no snub, it was on official business elsewhere.
With that many Congressional people flying in one plane, it be urgent and very important to be risking that many important people's lives in one plane.
Typical Island mentality of the supposed rich and famous "all about me" mentality.

Anonymous said...

While I agree with the above comment, I don't see the overriding security concern here.
Anybody who really wanted to know would know they were landing on Guam, at an AFB at that.
And why wouldn't they want to shake hands with the Governor? Just for 15 minutes. I don't think the Governor would expect them to get into deep talks when they are are refueling. No, really, this was a snub. The China folks are more important than the Guam folks. They should have and could have made an effort to a least say hi. Now, I will agree that this might not have been a deliberate snub, as in wanting to make people mad, but a snub it was.
And yes, people who have grown up on Guam do think, for bizarre reasons, the people in the US actually care about what they think. I would guess that 85% of US folks don't know that Guam is a territory and 95% could not point it out on a blank map. THAT is the real snub