U.S. Dept. of Labor hosts contractors forum - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

U.S. Dept. of Labor hosts contractors forum

Posted: Updated:

by Lannie Walker

Guam - Local and federal contractors are attending a weeklong conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. George Friday is the Regional Administrator for DOL's Wage & Hour Division, and told KUAM News, "The catalyst of course is the movement or the announced movement of the base from Okinawa to Guam. The expectation is that over a number of years there will be a huge investment in relationship to relocating the service men and their families from Japan.

"And as a result of that, our enforcement part is that we enforce the Davis-Bacon Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Service Contract Act monies that are paid by the U.S. Government to do construction and to do services on those buildings that come under our jurisdiction.  So our role is to enforce those laws."

According to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the military buildup, at the peak of construction in early 2014 it has been estimated that there will be approximately 21,000 construction workers on Guam. Of that total, about 18,000 will come from off-island, with approximately 13,000 of those workers being H-2b visa laborers.

"The reason we're here is twofold", continued Friday.  "One is to explain to people on the island the survey process, and we want them to participate in the survey so that we could get what wage rates are applicable to the island/  "The second part is to talk with them about how we enforce the law what their responsibilities are what the rights of employees are."

Friday says the island should also know the U.S. Department of Labor has two staff working on Guam with four more to be stationed here next year. Additionally, two DOL staff will be working in Saipan.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Mark Charfauros' hearing continued until December 11

    Mark Charfauros' hearing continued until December 11

    Could a former Guam police commander be getting his job back? Mark Charfauros is going before the Civil Service Commission tonight to discuss a motion to void his termination from the force. The case involves a 2016 incident in Agat where Charfauros was sMore >>
    Could a former Guam police commander be getting his job back? Mark Charfauros is going before the Civil Service Commission tonight to discuss a motion to void his termination from the force. The case involves a 2016 incident in Agat where Charfauros was sMore >>
  • Congressman-elect San Nicolas completes orientation in DC

    Congressman-elect San Nicolas completes orientation in DC

    Congressman-elect Michael San Nicolas is back on island after completing his first week of Congressional Orientation in the Nation's capitol. San Nicolas joined others with the historic incoming class of the 116th US Congress, which is said to be one of tMore >>
    Congressman-elect Michael San Nicolas is back on island after completing his first week of Congressional Orientation in the Nation's capitol. San Nicolas joined others with the historic incoming class of the 116th US Congress, which is said to be one of tMore >>
  • GEC counting absentee, provisional ballots on Black Friday

    GEC counting absentee, provisional ballots on Black Friday

    The Guam Election Commission will meet at 9am on Black Friday to count absentee and provisional ballots. GEC director Maria Pangelinan says after the GEC counts ballots, we could be looking at the official end of the election. "If all goes well, we have sMore >>
    The Guam Election Commission will meet at 9am on Black Friday to count absentee and provisional ballots. GEC director Maria Pangelinan says after the GEC counts ballots, we could be looking at the official end of the election. "If all goes well, we have sMore >>
Powered by Frankly