June 26, 2015
It appears the CNMI politicians are posturing to pressure the U.S. Congress to renew the CNMI-Only Transitional Worker Program that was to be phased out in 2019 so that U.S. immigration laws applied to the CNMI.
Political leaders in the CNMI know that the legal, longtime foreign workers are essential to maintaining a strong economy and filling positions from accountants, to nurses to hotel clerks. Still they refuse to push for them to be granted a pathway to citizenship, even though they are essential community members and de facto citizens since they have lived legally in the CNMI 5, 10, 15 even 20 or more years. Many fear that giving the disenfranchised legal foreign workers a pathway to citizen would mean giving them the right to vote and could weaken their political control since the natives have been a minority in their islands for decades. (Due to the fact that they brought in tens of thousands of foreign workers.)
Well, let these politicians welcome 200 or so U.S. citizens who will have a vote.
Saipan's Best Sunshine Casino is hiring an estimated 180 U.S. casino workers -dealers, cashiers and shift managers. Perhaps some of these positions are ones that locals could have been trained to fill.
According to a New Jersey.com article, perks will include free travel, insurance, a meal on every shift and free housing:
Renard International Hospitality Search held a job fair Wednesday and will run another one Thursday at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel, the report said.
Anyone willing to uproot to the U.S. Commonwealth in the Northern Mariana Islands by July 10 to help open the casino is also being offered a signing bonus. Pay starts at $40,000 for dealers; supervisors can earn from $45,000-$75,000.Press of Atlantic City reports:
Renard International Hospitality Search Consultants is looking to fill at least 180 jobs — but probably more — at Saipan’s Best Sunshine International Casino. So Stephen Renard and several associates are in Atlantic City holding a job fair from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Thursday to recruit people to staff a casino scheduled to open July 15.On June 18, 2015 businessman Norman Tenorio was quoted as saying that the casino could be a good thing for the CNMI since it would provide jobs. From the Marianas Variety:
“In the past the government was able to provide jobs for just about everybody, but now the casino, hopefully, will provide good jobs for everybody,” Tenorio said, adding that he is encouraging locals to apply for the jobs that Best Sunshine, the Saipan casino investor, is offering.It seems local workers were offered an opportunity to apply for some of the jobs and 200 applied for the estimated 500 jobs offered.
One commenter on the MV story stated:
To the elected officials who gave courtesy to apply for a jobs at Best Sunshine. Let me tell you straight, my friends who are all U.S. Citizens submitted their resumes, including scheduled interviews and followed-ups, but Best Sunshine is not responding to their emails. Wake up Legislators, because few casino workers are coming in from the Philippines in a few weeks. I've seen a key employee (Manager) from Tinian Dynasty in Garapan this week.It will be interesting to see how this 'casino industry' plays out. The CNMI initially attempted to build their economy with the garment industry. That endeavor did more to establish the reputation of the CNMI as human rights violator than it did to provide locals with jobs or build the economy. Will the casino industry be another green flash?