Eyebrows Raised Over Winter Hiring Practices At Trump's Mar-A-Lago Resort

When President Donald Trump is out at rally-style events, he hits on a number of specific bullet points that spark a tremendous reaction from those in attendance. Many of those points revolve around America, including the need for companies to increase hiring of American workers. Those that erupt in applause when Trump touts this line may be doing a little head scratching right about now.

As AOL shares, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort is hiring for the winter season. While that’s none too surprising, the fact that the resort has been granted 70 visas to bring in foreign workers is at least a little on the curious side. This is actually an increase over last year as well, when the resort hired 64 workers under the H-2B visa program.

The new hires will work as cooks, servers, housekeepers, and maids for the upcoming season, and wages range from $10.33 to $13.34 per hour. So why the interest in foreign workers at the resort? Is the job market in the area devoid of local applicants? As Tom Veenstra, a spokesperson for nonprofit placement agency CareerSource Palm Beach County, the answer is not quite.

“We currently have 5,136 qualified candidates in Palm Beach County for various hospitality positions,” he said.

So what gives? Did Mar-A-Lago avoid hiring local workers to fill these positions or something? Not exactly. Prior to applying for foreign worker visas, companies are required to post want ads in local papers. One report from the Washington Post indicates that Mar-A-Lago did just that, but the ads pointed to an inconvenient hiring process in which employees could only apply via mail or fax. The report goes on to state that there was no phone number or email information readily available in the ad, and that it was in ‘tiny type.’

As anyone that may be familiar with classified ads in newspapers is well aware, the ads are generally in tiny type. In this case, it was a lengthy posting that outlined the available positions in detail. Interestingly, the mailing address listed is for CareerSource Palm Beach County, the same agency that says that it has thousands of workers readily available. If that’s the case, why wasn’t the agency directing qualified applicants to fax in an application or whatnot?

There are no clear-cut answers to that question, but it does call into question exactly how much shade can be thrown on the resort's hiring practices. In addition, with so much information available in the ad, it’s unclear how applicants were hamstrung if they were interested in taking their talents to Mar-A-Lago for the winter. It’s possible that the temporary and seasonal nature of the positions wasn’t all that appealing, or perhaps the notes about a background check and pre-employment drug screening turned some folks off.

In any event, Mar-A-Lago is hiring a good amount of foreign workers, and that leads many observers to scratch their heads when they consider what Trump has had to say in the past.

“We believe jobs must be offered to American workers first. Does that make sense?” he said during ‘Made in America’ week.

Source: AOL
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