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GFT FIGHTING FOR DIFFERENTIAL PAY

We know many of you have various concerns during this time of uncertainty. GFT is currently embroiled in COVID-19 related matters. Most notably, is our effort to make sure that essential employees are properly compensated. Recently, GFT Field Representative, Robert Koss, spoke with KUAM regarding the union’s stance. You can find the article here.

GFT will address the related issues that surface beginning May 9, 2020 OR when the emergency period ends. If you know someone who would like to become part of our union, please encourage them to call 488-3076 or request an application on our website.

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WINNING T-SHIRT DESIGN REVEALED

Here is the winning design for the GFT t-shirt design contest. It was created by Lucia Atienza, a student at George Washington High School. The winning design was picked by the Executive Council in March. The goal of the contest, was to create a design that demonstrated strength and/or unity.
Members will be notified when the t-shirt are available for pick up.
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COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS

Healthcare workers are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Protecting them from being exposed to COVID-19 is critically important so that they can continue to care for patients, avoid spreading the infection, and so that their own health is safeguarded. Nurses and other healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients are experiencing high levels of stress as they respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention downgraded the recommended level of respiratory protection due to a shortage of N95 respirators, saying that facemasks are adequate for staff who are caring for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. The CDC’s guidance appears to be based solely on a shortage of N95s rather than on science. Additionally, the agency failed to promote other kinds of respirators, such as powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs) and elastomeric respirators.

Despite this change by the CDC, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will continue to enforce the respiratory protection standard in relationship to COVID-19 with certain limits. OSHA promotes the use of other respirators in addition to N95s, such as N99s, N100s, powered air-purifying respirators, and half-mask and full-facepiece elastomeric respirators. OSHA has relaxed the requirement for annual fit testing, but employers should continue with initial fit testing and fit-test workers if they have experienced significant weight fluctuations, dental changes or other problems that impact the respirator seal. Employers must make a good faith effort to comply with the respiratory protection standard.

Now more than ever, healthcare employers must use strong screening and isolation protocols and other methods to reduce healthcare workers’ risk of exposure to COVID-19 and to control infection spread.

The AFT will continue to press the federal government for the resources needed to protect patients and healthcare workers from COVID-19.

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WE HEAR YOU & WE’RE HERE FOR YOU

We know many of you have various concerns during this time of certainty. Rest assured, GFT hears you and is here for you. GFT is encouraging all its COVID Heroes to continue forth with all the hard work and long hours in the most cooperative and safe way possible. GFT will address the related issues that surface beginning May 4, 2020 OR when the emergency period ends. We are so proud and thankful for all of our COVID Heroes!

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GDOE CLASSES CANCELLED

In a press release issued Monday, April 6, 2020, GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez announced the decision to close GDOE facilities and cancel classes for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This comes as COVID-19 continues to spread on Guam and health experts recommend social distancing to help flatten the curve.

GDOE has not yet made a decision regarding graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020.

More information can be found in the press release and distance learning resources can be found here.