President Matt Rector responded to an editorial from John Anderson, â€œGet Ready, Tonyâ€ who pointed out that the Civil Service Commission is providing strong union protection for public workers. â€œI have to agree with you that GovGuam employees have â€œa pretty strong union protecting their interestsâ€ but it isnâ€™t the Civil Service Commission (CSC), its GFT, Guamâ€™s Local Union! The CSC doesnâ€™t advocate for or against employees, they are essentially a Labor or arbitration board that rules on the merit of cases. It is up to the employeeâ€™s union (GFT) representative to prepare and make the case on the employeeâ€™s behalf,â€ Rector clarified. With the Governorâ€™s lay-off plan going into effect, GFT will help affected members fight for their jobs.
â€œWe truly represent Public Employeeâ€™s interests we hope to rally all these hard working men and women and their families to convince our elected leaders that a better course is to grow our economy by passing a Living Wage law, as opposed to hurting our economy and thousands of Guamâ€™s families with these cutsâ€¦ Not only will the already understaffed public agencies struggle even more to provide our families with the services that make Guam a decent, civil place to live but businesses as well will suffer huge losses as these families lose any disposable income they hadâ€¦which will result in less tax revenue for GovGuam continuing the downward slide,â€ stated Rector. Read President Rectorâ€™s full article response in the Marianas Variety