Union holds protest in front of Andersen

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Early Thursday, commuters passing by and going into Andersen saw the group holding signs displaying messages such as "Workers Rights are Human Rights," "Inafa Maolek," and "Together We Are Strong." (PNC photo by Louella Losinio)

A protest was held Thursday morning near Andersen Air Force Base in support of union workers inside the base.

Invicta Defense LLC, of Ft. Worth Texas, was recently awarded the Andersen BOS service contract.

The contract included a collective bargaining agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) local 1260 union.

However, the union said that a number of workers from the predecessor contractor were not offered jobs.

The union has also not been provided with the offer of employment letters that have been given to the employees to sign before they are hired and they were not provided the justification for why senior employees were not hired by the company, according to Ken Laguana, assistant business manager of IBEW 1260.

Several members not offered employment have up to 18 years of service and many of those few selected were downgraded with lower wages and without explanation while others with offer letters were advised to remain silent, Laguana said.

The union has already threatened to file an unfair labor practice charge and members decided to protest near the Andersen Air Force Base gate.

Early Thursday, commuters passing by and going into Andersen saw the group holding signs displaying messages such as “Workers Rights are Human Rights,” “Inafa Maolek,” and “Together We Are Strong.”

Laguana spoke to PNC about the protest.

Laguana says they are waiting for any word from Invicta, adding that it is up to the members whether to continue holding the protests or not.

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