Maybe I'm oversimplifying the problem, but let's see, if you are a foreign worker you can't vote, you could lose your job and have to go home at any time, and nobody on the Hill has your interests in mind. EVER.
Considering the status of most overseas workers, a boycott seems like a pretty good way to get your message across. It says, "Hey, Juan, go ahead and screw us...because we're going to screw you right back."
The only people to be hurt by this boycott are Guerrero and his employees. There will be no net loss of jobs, because unlike the boycott of Jollibee, there are plenty of other businesses that can perform the services offered by Guerrero. He does not hold a Monopoly on baking bread, arranging travel plans, or sending money to the Philippines.
I find it appalling that the so called leaders of the Filipino community aren't willing to stick out their necks for the people that they are supposed to be representing. Not only that, Maximo took it a step further and accused the people fighting for a living wage of blackmail.
I don't want to be accused of misquoting him, so here is what he said:
"I believe that a thoughtful and healthy debate on the issue is the way forward. Pressure tactics like boycotts through text message campaigns are a form of blackmail as it is an attempt to impose one's views on others under threat of drastic action”Pardon my French, but are you fucking kidding me? That somebody would dare call a boycott a "pressure tactic" and "a form of blackmail" is sickening.
STAND UP FOR YOUR PEOPLE!
It is also sickening that anyone would ever consider legislatively forcing people to stay in the CNMI for five years after receiving their non immigrant visa. That smacks of indentured servitude.
...and indentured servitude is bad.
How can these guys seriously claim that the abuses happened only in the past and that the impending Federal Takeover is rooted in vengeance when the minute overseas workers try to speak up, using a time tested method of non-violent protest, they get shouted down and accused of blackmail? Is it really reform if we are replacing one loop hole filled system with a system of legislated indentured servitude? And is it really reform, when instead of actually trying to solve the problems facing the CNMI, we are now paying $30,000+ per month to lobbyists and propagandists?
I'm waiting for your answer.