Governor Leon Guerrero approved a 15% increase in base salary with differential pay ranging from 10% to 25% in June, the Department of Administration emphasized that the fiscal impact must be incorporated into the Fiscal Year 2022 and subsequent budgets. DOA estimated annual costs at approximately $4.4 million across Public Health, the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, Guam Behavioral Health, and the Department of Education.

However, upon review of the substitute version of Bill No. 55-36, it appears that the nurse pay increases have not been contemplated in the current form of the budget bill.

Please contact your senators and remind them not to forget about Guam’s front liners, essential personnel and all public employees who deserve higher pay as we fall further and further behind the curve while facing inflation.