Governor Says DOE Staff and Teachers Are Next in Line to Receive Retroactive Increments and Merit Bonus Pay

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Guam –  Governor Calvo says that Guam DOE teachers and staff are next in line to receive retroactive increments and merit bonus pay.

In response to a joint appeal from Guam DOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez and GFT President Tim Fedenko , the Governor says “the payment of retroactive increments and merit bonuses owed to DOE employees actually is listed next in our liabilities to pay down.”

Fernandez and Fedendko issued a news release [see below] to the media yesterday advising that they had sent a letter to the Governor appealing for payment. Governor Calvo responded on the same day in a letter back to both men.

READ the response letter from the Governor to DOE Superintendent Fernandez and GFT President Fedenko HERE

The Governor said that “upwards of $2 million” will be released, “depending on reconciliations between DOE business office and Department of Administration.”  

The Governor’s letter to Fedenko and Fernandez also praises both men calling it “refreshing to see the Department of Education and the union representing the interests of teacher advocating together for the employees.”   

And he expressed the hope that “an harmonious relationship between DOPE and the Guam Federation of Teachers yields significant advancement in learning standards and student achievement.”

READ the release from Guam DOE below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2014
SUPERINTENDENT AND UNION PRESIDENT SEEK RETROACTIVE PAYMENTS FOR EDUCATION EMPLOYEES

In a jointly signed letter, Guam Department of Education (“GDOE”) Superintendent, Jon Fernandez, and Guam Federation of Teachers (“GFT”) President, Timothy Fedenko requested the assistance of Governor Eddie Calvo in releasing the funding needed to pay employee retro-active salary increments and past due meritorious bonuses earlier today.

The combined effort was made after the Guam Education Board passed a motion to resume collective bargaining negotiations during their regular meeting on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

“I believe we all want what is best for our employees and working collectively and collaboratively with both President Fedenko and Governor Calvo demonstrates that,” said Fernandez.

“Teachers and support staff have been waiting patiently for these obligations to be fulfilled,” said Fedenko. “This clearly shows that with the motion passed by the Board on Tuesday, we are off to a fresh start.”