by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo has ordered the Government of Guam to make the third 10% increase that is mandated by law or appear in court next month to explain why they won't. The decision was handed down Thursday in a class action lawsuit filed by dozens of firefighters, police officers, customs officers, corrections officers and a single staffer from the Department of Parks & recreation.
Class attorney Daniel Somerfleck asked the court for an alternative writ of mandate, as his clients contend the government has refused to follow the law by giving hundreds of public safety and law enforcement personnel the third increase mandated by law. Several years ago the law was passed to give these personnel a 40% raise in four increments of 10%. The third increment was supposed to take effect on October 1, but the raises were not implemented.
The Camacho Administration did not budget for the raises and said they instead wanted to implement the Hay Study for the entire government and repeal the law, giving the public safety personnel and law enforcement personnel raises.
In addition to ordering the government to immediately pay out the increase retroactive to October 1, Judge Bordallo ordered the government and the agency heads for the fire and police departments as well as Parks & Rec to file an answer to the class action suit by November 29 with the plaintiffs to file their reply by December 6.
The order to show cause hearing is scheduled for December 16.