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Competitive Wage Act Appeals will be accepted

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - For the past three months, Government of Guam employees have had a chance to file their appeal over the Competitive Wage Act implemented back on Valentines Day this year. Starting next week, the Department of Administration will begin accepting all of the appeals filed.

DOA human resources assistant manager Rose Cruz explained, saying, "So since then we did open it up between March 3 and June 1, they can begin to prepare to do a write-up to justify why they feel their position needs to be re-evaluated especially if it was right sized and what I mean by right-sized is if the position was changed to a lower grade so just we just wanted to give the time for the employees and management to take a look and see if they would like to take that opportunity."

The request for review process allows employees to ask for the pay grade assigned to their position to be re-examined if they believe it should be higher. The pay grades were assigned by a hay job evaluation methodology based on job duties submitted in late 2008. Orientations were conducted over the past few months with hr managers to inform their employees of what kind of appeal they can file. "Yes we have heard some negative feedback especially ones that aren't on the classification of the job, it's really where they landed on the new pay plan," she said.

"Well, there are some employees out there that although they did receive an increase in salary, what they're concerned about is they went from a higher step to a lower step so they feel their seniority has been effected their years of GovGuam experience has been taken away, but that's not what happened."

This is the case with several Department of Education employees who have had its share of concerns about the Competitive Wage Act. Deputy superintendent Rob Malay said, "About 980-plus employees have filed through the grievance procedures which they're entitled to and that's part of their employee rights their dissatisfaction action to the competitive wage act and how they were placed."

And while the DOA has set up its appeal and review process, many employees have taken steps doe's review process to instead take the matter to the Civil Service Commission. Malay says the figure represents about 25% of the total DOE workforce. "There is pretty similar types of concerns with the step placement from the unified pay scale to the Competitive Wage Act pay scale so that's what the primary concern is," Cruz stated.

Malay says he commends those employees who have filed grievances or appeals as it shows they are paying attention and making sure they are not being shortchanged. He says its important employees feel valued and important and know all concerns are being addressed.  A job review committee made up of HR individuals will begin accepting the appeals between June 2 to June 27. On June 30, the group will start sorting and reviewing the appeals and will begin providing recommendations by August 1. For more information go to www.hr.doa.guam.gov.

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