Guam – The Guam Attorney General has advised the Guam Department of Education that in their view, the teachers contract with the Guam Federation of Teacher [GFT] has expired.
Acting School Superintendent Taling Taitano told PNC News that the memorandum is not an opinion, but a “guidance.”
Guam Education Board [GEB] member Barry Mead said GEB asked the Attorney General for the “guidance” after questions were raised following the Board’s decision last November to extend the GFT contract until August. Because the Board’s decision was reached by voice vote, and there was no agreement in writing, some questioned the validity of decision to extend the agreement.
On advice of counsel, the GEB drew up a written agreement extending the contract and asked GFT President Matt Rector to sign it before the existing GFT contract expired last November 7th.
Rector declined saying that he felt that the Board’s intention was clear in the November vote, and he objected to some of the provisions in the written agreement extending the contract that he was asked to sign.
According to Mead, the AG’s “guidance” states that because the union failed to sign a written agreement, the contract with GFT has expired. And Mead says, the AG also advised that the Board acted appropriately.