Governor, Vice Speaker back workers in Andersen labor dispute

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and Vice Speaker Tina Muna Barnes (PNC photo composite)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Vice Speaker Tina Muna-Barnes are backing the workers in the labor dispute at Andersen Air Force Base.

Many workers under the Andersen Air Force Base Operating Support (BOS) Services contract are in danger of losing their jobs after Invicta Defense LLC, which was recently awarded the Andersen BOS service contract, did not implement the usual practice of offering positions to the workers from the predecessor contractor.

In a letter to Jimmy Cox, project manager of Invicta Defense LLC and Subcontractors, the governor said her administration is supportive of keeping people employed, especially at this critical time when so many families are facing unprecedented economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are surprised that it appears that the usual practice of offering positions to the workers from the predecessor contractor will not occur as close to 60 workers
were not selected for positions. We strongly believe that your company should be communicating with the Union in the best interest of the workers. The potential of 60 workers being laid off leaves them with no recourse and will leave their families, about 300 people, without a source of income. This significant job loss will have an adverse impact on their livelihoods, quality of life, and our local economy. We request that you reconsider your decision,” the governor said.

For her part, Vice Speaker Muna Barnes said many of the affected employees have dedicated decades of their lives into their jobs, serving our soldiers and veterans to earn their livelihoods and provide for their families.

“As a Senator who has been in office when the Guam Buildup was first broached, both the People of Guam and the United States Armed Forces came to the table and agreed that the only way we can proceed is if we take a ONE GUAM approach. The actions presented so far by Invicta Defense LLC, definitely go against the ONE GUAM approach,” the Vice Speaker said in her own letter to Cox.

She added: “I hope that you and the parties copied on this letter rectify this immediately as the livelihoods of 60 employees and their 300 dependents are on the line.”