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CUSTOMS OFFICERS SUBMIT TESTIMONY ON POST FITNESS STANDARDS

Updated Jun 18, 2017 4:08 pm



Officer members at the Guam Customs and Quarantine submitted a written testimony to Senator Telena Nelson regarding concerns with the P.O.S.T. Commission AFI PFQT (Physical Fitness Qualification Test) Requirements set in Public Law 32-232 which will affect the employment status of our Law Enforcement Officers. While the officers agree that physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle is great, the increased duties and job requirements for Law Enforcement Agencies and the lack of equipment and personnel to meet those demands prevent officers from obtaining an ideal change.  Officers expressed in the testimony that PL 33-232 in its current form will endanger the people of Guam.  The Officers ultimately ask that they have a voice in the decision-making process as there was no representation from the non-management level.  The inclusion of rank and file officers from the various Law Enforcement Agencies as voting members in the P.O.S.T Commission would establish and maintain fairness and equity across the board and provide a means to track service related ailments and injuries in comparison to the Military standards.  
 
The following are a few points, questions and concerns brought up in the testimony:
 
• Under the PL 32-232 and the POST Commission’s PFQT, as testified by all Agency and Department leaders, except for Marshals, will lose a large part of their work force Law Enforcement Officers and in turn create a domino effect that will be put on the backs of the few that pass this military standard.  The other effect is the criminal element that want this to happen and the potential loss of those with the expertise in these different facets of law enforcement that will be irreplaceable.  
 
• If the AFI standard or any other standard used in the PFQT is imposed on the current Law Enforcement community as a condition of employment, will there be compensatory provisions incorporated?  Is there a potential that the law illustrates an Unconstitutional or In-organic position with regards to the Fair Labor Standards Act or the American with Disabilities Act and have these issues been addressed?
 
• PL 32-232 and the PFQT may be in conflict with the fact that the US Federal Government and the US Labor Laws, the US Department of Labor , the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the US Fair Labor Standards Act has oversight in all commercial, private business, State and Federal Government employment practices governed under the United States of America for equitable employment without threat of discrimination or any unconstitutional law, regulation, policy or practice as a condition of employment.  
 
• The practice of the Grandfather clause for certain laws passed by the Guam Legislature have been afforded in the past and recommended for this situation.  
 
GFD & GFT PREPARE TO WRAP UP CBA NEGOTIATIONS

Updated Jun 18, 2017 4:08 pm

GFD Chief Negotiator, Assistant Fire Chief Michael Uncangco, and GFT Chief Negotiator, Daniel Del Priore met on Thursday to finalize the GFT – GFD Collective Bargaining Agreement for Firefighters, Fire Service Specialists and E911 Emerg
GFT TO WORK WITH GDOE ON BRIP CLAIMANT LIST

Updated Jun 15, 2017 9:56 pm

GFT representatives have received several claims from members who are owed for the BRIP Pay (Bonus, Rewards and Incentives Program).  GFT will now be working GDOE in obtaining the appropriate documents for each person on the claimant lis
DEADLINE FOR GFT BRIP CLAIMANT LIST

Updated Jun 13, 2017 10:47 pm

The last day to be included in the GFT BRIP Claimant list is on Thursday, June 15, 2017.  Teachers who are owed for BRIP (Bonus, Rewards, and Incentives Program) pay and would like to be on the claimant list may email irish@gftunion.com or

GFT AND GDOE WORK ON BRIP PAY

Updated Jun 1, 2017 11:20 pm

The Guam Education Board has expressed their intent in rectifying the BRIP (Bonus, Rewards and Incentive Program) pay issue pending documents indicating the owed payments.  GFT and GDOE will be working together in gathering the following
GFD SEEKS INPUT ON PROMOTIONS

Updated May 26, 2017 12:25 am

While negotiations continue between GFT and the Guam Fire Department, promotions will also be discussed at the next meeting.  Assistant Fire Chief, Michael Uncangco, has reached out to GFT Chief Negotiator, Dan Del Priore, to obtain inpu
LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMBERS ATTEND HEARING ON P.O.S.T.

Updated May 23, 2017 4:55 pm

An Informational Hearing regarding the P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission) was held today at the Guam Congress Building by Committee Chair, Senator Telena Nelson.  Concerns regarding the Physical Fitness Test and t
TEACHER BRIP PAY: CALL GFT

Updated May 23, 2017 4:54 pm

The Guam Education Board has referred the matter regarding the owed BRIP Pay (Bonus, Rewards, and Incentives Program) to their finance committee for review and research pending submission of documents from DOE.  Teachers who are owed the
ATTN: TEACHERS OWED BRIP PAY

Updated May 16, 2017 8:27 pm

GFT members and stewards have reached out to DOE Superintendent, Jon Fernandez, and the Guam Education Board in getting the BRIP (Bonus, Rewards, and Incentives Program) payment made that have been owed to teachers for several years now.  

GFT URGES TO CHANGE EDUCATOR CONDUCT LAW

Updated May 16, 2017 8:26 pm

GFT Representative, Dan Del Priore, continues to work with the Legislature in amending Public Law 32-236 regarding Educator Conduct.  Del Priore is in active meetings and discussions with the Office of Senator Joe San Agustin, who oversees

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MONDAY, MAY 15

Updated May 11, 2017 5:13 pm

The next GFT General Membership meeting will be on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the UOG SBPA Multipurpose room #129 at 6pm.  All members are encouraged to attend for updates on collective bargaining agreements, current issues, upcoming events
GFT REACHES OUT TO GUAM DOL ON HAZARD PAY

Updated May 5, 2017 12:01 am

GFT representatives met with the Guam Department of Labor Director, Sam Mabini, and Administrator, Greg Massey, to discuss issues regarding hazard pay for employees at the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center and nurses at the Guam Memo
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