CUC may need to hire new power plant workers

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THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. may end up losing its  18 experienced power plant workers because of the CW-1 issue, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.

The workers left Saipan in Nov. 2019  while their CW-1 papers were being processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Camacho said there is a possibility that the CW-1 permit applications will not be approved by USCIS.

“It is important to have workers at the power plant that are well-versed with their duties and are experienced and can work with others,” he added.

He said the CWs at the power plant had a good working relationship with local CUC workers.

“They’ve worked together for many years and they know each other,” Camacho added.

Power plant workers, he said, “[are] performing lots of highly hazardous and technical procedures in operating and maintaining the power plant, and making repairs.”

CUC may now have to recruit new power plant workers to replace the CWs, Camacho said.

He added that CUC will continue to comply with the local and federal requirements when hiring new employees.

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