Hawai’i businesses are talking as if the proposed military expansion on Guam is a done deal. See the Pacific Business News article below. They are beginning to swarm like flies on carrion in an orgiastic spectacle to feed on the misery and destruction the build up will cause on Guam. Disaster capitalism. But the resistance in Guahan / Guam is growing. This presents a moral dilemma for Hawai’i workers: will you knowingly and willingly participate in the cultural genocide of Chamorro people to make a buck? Remember that the Nuremberg trials of WWII war criminals established that “just following orders” was not a defense for crimes against humanity. In Hawai’i, there are precedents for construction workers refusing to destroy burials or sacred sites as acts of conscience. The article notes that the businesses are having difficulties recruiting enough workers for the jobs in Guahan/Guam. Could this be a sign that some workers are refusing to participate in such crimes? Let’s hope so.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Guam boom means jobs for Hawaii
But recruiters struggle to find workers for huge military building projects
Pacific Business News (Honolulu) – by Linda Chiem
Hawaii companies gearing up for the business boom on Guam already are facing hiring and recruiting challenges that will only increase as the U.S. military’s multibillion-dollar buildup there takes shape.
A number of Hawaii-based businesses, including general contractors and architectural and engineering firms, have landed lucrative multimillion-dollar contracts for construction projects on Guam, which is preparing for the U.S. military’s transfer of 8,600 U.S. Marines and 9,000 dependents from Okinawa by 2014.
The ambitious project, estimated to cost between $10 billion and $15 billion, will generate an estimated 20,000 new jobs, many of which could go to Hawaii residents.
But recruiters and employers say getting workers to go to Hagatna, Guam’s capital, a 3,800-mile and seven-hour flight from Honolulu, has been difficult given the heat, humidity and relative isolation often associated with the island.