Senator San Nicolas Concerned About Possible “Equal Protection” Violations in Merit Bonus Payments

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Guam – Senator Michael San Nicolas is concerned that there maybe “possible equal protection violations” in the way the recent merit bonuses have been paid out.

The Senator points out that Guam DOE employees recently got merit bonuses covering the past 3 years, while employees at other GovGuam agencies got merit bonuses dating back to 1991.

San Nicolas has sent a letter to Attorney General Lenny Rapadas seeking a legal opinion “on the legality of excluding …  staff of the Department of Education from these merit bonuses in the same time frame (1991-2010) as employees from other agencies,”

READ the letter from Senator San Nicolas to the Attorney General HERE

In a release, the Senator states: “Our education professionals are responsible for the readiness of our future generations, and every single eligible employee with superior performance should be paid in the same time frame as others.”

READ the release from Senato San Nicolas below:

Senator San Nicolas Writes to the Attorney General for Equal DOE Merit Bonus Pay
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2013

Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas wrote to Attorney General Rapadas on Friday about possible equal protection violations in the way merit bonuses were paid.  Merit bonuses were recently paid to employees of the Department of Education going back only three years, while employees at other agencies in the government of Guam have been paid merit bonuses going back to 1991.

“I am writing to ask for your legal opinion on the legality of excluding our hard working teachers, aides, principals and other staff of the Department of Education from these merit bonuses in the same time frame (1991-2010) as employees from other agencies,” said Senator San Nicolas.

Section 6203 of Chapter 4, Title 4 GCA calls for the merit bonuses for Government of Guam employees with a superior rating evaluation.  This creates just as much an obligation to pay Department of Education employees as with employees of other line agencies.

Senator San Nicolas says, “Our education professionals are responsible for the readiness of our future generations, and every single eligible employee with superior performance should be paid in the same time frame as others.”