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Despite CW issues, power generation continues: CUC

COMMONWEALTH Utilities Corp. Executive Director Gary Camacho said nine of their CWs were affected by the new cap imposed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, but power plant operations will continue.

CUC has 33 foreign workers holding CW permits.

Nine renewal petitions were denied by USCIS, Camacho said, adding that they will resubmit them in April and will continue the hiring process for additional manpower at the power plant.

“We are doing our best to continue to operate,” he said.

Camacho noted that their foreign workers have long years of experience, adding that it would be difficult to find replacements for them.

Of their 33 CWs, 16 are working at the power plant, he said.

CUC has upgraded the immigration status of eight foreign workers but two of their long-time CWs have decided “to move on” and not renew their contracts, Camacho said.

He said CUC will continue to comply with the board’s mandate to reduce by 5 percent the number of CWs every year until the federal CW program ends in Dec. 2019.

He added they will also continue to take advantage of training programs offered by their engine manufacturers and of the Northern Marianas Trades Institute.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/101527-despite-cw-issues-power-generation-continues-cuc

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