President Rector just sent Acting Governor Cruz a letter thanking him for his recent decision to resume Collective Bargaining and negotiations. Furthermore, Rector requests that Acting Gov Cruz resolve a number of issues with various agencies.
RECOGNITION FOR GMH & DMH ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
The GFT has applied for recognition for our Allied Health Professionals at the Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) and Department of Mental Health (DMH) but have yet to receive it even after multiple follow up phone calls and letters. Rector now requests that Acting Gov Cruz order his directors in these line agencies and Department of Administration (DOA) to obey the law and grant these employees recognition immediately.
Although negotiations with our nurses at GMHA are going smoothly, a few issues need to be clarified regarding grievances heard at the Civil Service Commission and the ability to negotiate wages. Rector requests that the AG clarify these issues so that we can move rather quickly with negotiations.
DPW BUS DRIVERS
We have requested that the current DPW Director reopen negotiations so that our hardworking bus drivers can have a contract in place to include provisions such as ensuring safe buses and working conditions. The current Director was willing to do so until the ceasing of Collective Bargaining and Negotiations was brought forth. Since the issue has been resolved, Rector requests that Acting Gov Cruz instruct the Director to complete the contract process.
PORT AUTHORITY OF GUAM
The Port Managementâ€™s refusal to obey the law and negotiate in Good Faith has led the GFT to file numerous Unfair Labor Practices with the DOA. Unfortunately, DOA has refused to act upon these. Rector requests that Acting Gov Cruz has the Assistant AG sit in negotiations and order the Portâ€™s Management to negotiate in Good Faith.
GUAM FIRE DEPARTMENT
Due to the series of rejections from the Fire Chief on the original contract agreements for our Fire Fighters, the GFT has requested to get back to the negotiating table. Unfortunately, the Fire Chief refused. Rector requests that Acting Gov Cruz order him to resume negotiating in Good Faith to protect our Fire Fighters as well as the safety of Guamâ€™s Families.