by Jolene Toves
Guam - Security guards at the Guam Memorial Hospital will not be seeing any additional money. They were not among the hundreds of public safety personnel who received a retroactive check on Friday.
GMH administrator Joseph Verga says the guards do their jobs well and were recently given increments and merit pay before Thanksgiving, but the hospital doesn't believe they fall into the category for the 40% law enforcement adjustment as they do not carry weapons or badges and do not enforce any laws. "There is no basis at the moment for them to say that they are owed this money because our position is and has been that they received a raise that they really never should have received so they're not really entitled to any additional retro money or any additional raises," he explained.
Verga says the guards are being adequately compensated for what they do and GMH has no intentions to remove the 20% extra pay that they are receiving. The security guards filed a mass grievance with the Civil Service Commission over the pay but the matter was dismissed due to lack of jurisdiction.