by Krystal Paco
Guam - It looks like teachers and support staff at Agana Heights Elementary School could soon be forming their own union.
Calling themselves "GUPPE", Guam Union of Professional Public Employees, Attorney Daniel Somerfleck says 29 out of 36 of the school's teachers have shown interest as well as 7 out of 10 support staff.
Moving ahead, the group will petition to the department of administration to be recognized as a bargaining unit.
Somerfleck says this follows a Civil Service Commission decision made recently ruling that 12 Agana Heights teachers should receive backpay for wages not paid in 2003.
Ultimately however, Somerfleck notes that Governor Eddie Calvo has the final say on what's an appropriate bargaining unit and whether a school can have its own.