Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Trump's Mar-a-Lago wants to hire 61 foreign workers

Trump’s Mar-a Lago Club in Florida seeks to hire 61 foreign workers as seasonal cooks and waiters Donald Trump speaks at a news conference at the Mar-a Lago Club in Palm Beach Fla
Ebony Burgess | 09 July, 2018, 06:34

President Donald Trump's resort, Mar-a-Lago, filed a request to the Department of Labor for 61 additional visas for foreign servers and cooks, according to a Job Order Records filed on Thursday and Friday.

Mar-a-Lago seeks to hire the 40 foreign waiters and waitresses under the H-2B visa program, which allows American employers to hire foreigners on a seasonal basis if there is not a sufficient supply of qualified Americans.

Trump's "Winter White House" has applied to hire 21 cooks from other countries to work at the resort from October to May.

The H-2B visas are for temporary non-agricultural workers and employers requesting these must prove that there are not enough workers in the USA who are "able, willing, qualified, and available to do the temporary work".

The Florida resort requested 61 H-2B visas, which are visas for temporary non-agricultural workers. It's unclear if they were approved.

Mar-a-Lago's application says the club is using a labor contractor, Petrina Group International, it has relied on to recruit foreign workers in the past.

What happened to Trump's "Hire American" policy? Host an event at its own Mar-a-Lago Club. But the base salary for servers rose to $12.68 per hour this year from $11.88 per hour the year before.

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The basketball star was also welcomed to LA Lakers by star footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Twitter , who plays for LA Galaxy. In a move that comes as no surprise, superstar LeBron James has signed a free agent deal with the Los Angeles Lakers .

Trump centered much of his 2016 campaign under the promise of "America first" and "buy American and hire American", both sentiments he continues to push throughout his presidency.

In November 2017, the luxury club hired 70 foreign employees for the holiday season, which is something Mar-a-Lago has done in several years.

The Trump Organization did not respond to ABC's request for comment.

"For about a five-month period during what they call the Palm Beach season, which is a big deal, you can't get help", he said.

The newspaper reported almost 300 US workers had applied or been referred for jobs as waiters, waitresses, cooks and housekeepers but only 17 were hired.

Moreover, other Trump businesses have relied on foreign workers for temporary jobs that are apparently not that appealing for the locals. The Trump Winery in Charlottesville, Va., is looking for 23 H-2B visas.

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