Senator welcomes OPA report on back wages of reinstated port workers

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Senator Joanne Brown (Official photo by 36th Guam Legislature)

Senator Joanne Brown, who previously served as a general manager at the Port Authority of Guam, has welcomed the report of the Office of Public Accountability stating that the port overpaid one of its reinstated workers.

Brown said she’s glad that the audit report was conducted and that it is important for the public to know there is a lot of controversy in the reinstatement of the so-called Port 7.

“I think they need to address the process. The board pretty much makes these decisions without the formal information being provided to them. And I hope that they take proper action,” Brown said.

For his part, current port GM Rory Respicio said the management team acted under the advice and guidance of the Port’s in-house counsel in the development of the settlement templates. Thus, they maintain their disagreement with the OPA’s findings.

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Louella Losinio
Louella Losinio is PNC's News Director for TV and Digital Media. She was a former reporter for the Marianas Variety (Guam Edition) and the Guam Daily Post, former editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Pacific Island Times, As a freelance writer, she has contributed content to various regional and local publications such as the Marianas Business Journal, Guam Business Magazine, The Guamanian, and Island Times. Aside from her decade-long experience in the media and print industry, Louella has experience in technical writing, education, and nonprofit management.