(Miami) – Remember Colin Au? He’s the Genting executive who has been kept under wraps by his handlers ever since his casual use of expletives during Legislative hearings made him and his laughable claims a part of Tallahassee folklore. During his testimony, Au famously promised “this industry will create 100,000 jobs” and that “they are good-paying jobs. They work in air-conditioned facilities. They have uniforms and they are in the resort environment.”
“I guarantee you and it can be put into the statute that 70% would be minorities and women.”
His claims were nutty at the time, but a story in last week’s Miami Herald shows just how big the “jobs” lie used over and over again by casino bosses can be. You see, Genting wants to keep using cheaper foreign labor on the company’s casino cruises to help the company’s bottom line. So much for jobs for Floridians – or for that matter, Americans.
Read the attached article about Genting’s lawsuit against the US Customs and Border Protection agency – and ask yourself if they really care about creating jobs in Florida.
by Douglas Hanks & Hannah Sampson
January 2nd, 2014
The Miami Herald
Genting may have placed a losing bet on running a casino ferry between Miami and Bimini.
In federal court documents, the Malaysian casino giant warned of “incalculable” losses if the United States continues to ban it from using foreign labor on overnight gambling runs into international waters. Genting described the gambling “cruises to nowhere” as central to covering the costs of ferrying passengers between PortMiami and its new casino resort in Bimini, and it is suing to resume the trips.
The Bimini SuperFast ship launched in July partly to help Genting establish itself as a player in South Florida’s gambling scene while it wages a political battle to build a massive casino resort in downtown Miami. But in recent months, Genting scaled back its sailing schedule as it dealt with delayed construction of its pier in Bimini, the inability to shuttle passengers to shore in rough seas, and, as of Nov. 28, a ban of its overnight gambling cruises over visa issues.
This week, a federal judge asked lawyers for Genting and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency to clarify their arguments regarding the foreign workers on the SuperFast who are serving drinks, taking tickets and performing other functions not directly related to operating the ship. In a suit filed late November in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., Genting asked a court to overturn CBP’s ruling against using foreign workers in the SuperFast overnight cruises….
Read the full article here.
Contact: Michael Murphy