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Brown quells concerns about Port workers' safety

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - In light of black widow spiders found aboard the green ridge vessel a few weeks ago, Guam Federation of Teachers president Tim Fedenko has written to Port management over concerns of safety processes taken to ensure the safety of those under the union. Fedenko says to his understanding, port workers are still “threatened by the infestation.” Port general manager Joanne Brown responds saying she appreciates the concern for the port employees adding the port has responded to every official notification concerning spiders.  She says the port has only received two reports since the departure of the green ridge that was forwarded through the appropriate channels. In both cases, she says, Department of Agriculture has determined the reported spiders were orb weaver spiders which are common on Guam and pose no threat.

Brown says every employee has official channels to raise their concerns. She responds to Fedenko’s claims over infestation saying “if you have evidence with regards to these allegations, please provide it to the proper authorities so that action can be taken.” She further states Fedenko has been misinformed over his statements that the port has not provided notification or has safety procedures in place since the incident with the green ridge. Brown says safety briefings were provided to port employees involved in the removal of cargo from the green ridge which was treated on the vessel. She says “other than unknown allegations there is no evidence that has been verified of black widow spiders within the port yard.”
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