GIAA: Airport Police & Fire Already Getting 40% Pay Adjustment; On Track to Pay Out Retroactive Pay in March

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Guam –  The Guam International Airport Authority [GIAA] is “pleased” but “surprised” at a news release Senator Pangelinan issued earlier today that announced  Airport GM Chuck Ada’s decision to pay “’back pay that is due [to airport police and firefighters] … for the 40% pay adjustment .. next month.

 

The GIAA release however notes: “for clarification, our law enforcement and fire fighting personnel have already been receiving their 40% pay adjustment since it went into effect in October 2013. The issue at hand is the retroactive pay from the time the law was implemented and the last 10% increment of the full 40% was met.”

The release thanks “Sen. Pangelinan for his efforts but nonetheless, Airport Management with concurrence from the Board had already addressed this issue and we had already established our timeline to pay out the retroactive pay, all the while meeting all the Airport’s fiscal priorities and responsibilities.”

GIAA also confirms that they are “on track as scheduled with the month of March upon us by next week and we are preparing to pay out the retroactive pay.”

READ the release from GIAA below:

The A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam (GIAA) was pleased, although quite surprised, that Sen. Pangelinan saw fit to send out a press release announcing the news that GIAA will be receiving a 40% pay adjustment by next month. For clarification, our law enforcement and fire fighting personnel have already been receiving their 40% pay adjustment since it went into effect in October 2013. The issue at hand is the retroactive pay from the time the law was implemented and the last 10% increment of the full 40% was met.

We thank Sen. Pangelinan for his efforts but nonetheless, Airport Management with concurrence from the Board had already addressed this issue and we had already established our timeline to pay out the retroactive pay, all the while meeting all the Airport’s fiscal priorities and responsibilities. One of our main priorities had been to close out 2013 with a clean year-end audit, which we succeeded in achieving, as the first GovGuam agency to do so. At the time, we had scheduled the full retroactive pay adjustments for our airport law enforcement and fire fighting personnel to be paid out in March 2014. We are on track as scheduled with the month of March upon us by next week and we are preparing to pay out the retroactive pay.  

READ the release from Senator Pangelinan below:

AIRPORT TO RELEASE RETROACTIVE PAY FOR AIRPORT POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (February 25, 2014 – Hagåtña, Guam) – Responding to the concerns of several Airport police officers and fire fighters, Senator Vicente (ben) C. Pangelinan sent a letter to Airport Executive Manager, Charles Ada, urging Ada to release the long-awaited retroactive law enforcement compensation that went into effect in December 2013.

Ada responded after the second letter, stating that the “back pay that is due” for the 40% pay adjustment is expected to be paid next month.

“Earlier this month, there was a news release that Airport revenues have increased by $7 million so I’m hopeful that these police officers and fire fighters will be compensated just as their counterparts in the line agencies have already been paid,” says Pangelinan.