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Governor supports Port GM's task force to resolve employee issues

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Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said she's in full support of Port General Manager Rory Respicio's plan to form a task force to resolve employee issues.

The issues stem from seven fired employees involved in a long-running dispute with the port. They lost their jobs after they were found to have made illegal payments to former marketing manager Bernadette Meno for her workman's compensation claim. Former Port GM Joanne Brown has charged that Respicio's move is just a political payoff.

"I have asked him to look at all the cases, and him creating a task force is a very fair and objective way of looking at all these cases," Leon Guerrero said. "And I think all the employees should have closure to it. You can't just have employees hanging for many years, so yes I'm very supportive of that."

We asked the governor what she thought of the
accusations of political payoffs made by the former general manager.

"That's Joanne's opinion," Leon Guerrero said. "That's not my opinion."

Five of the fired port workers won their cases at the civil service commission, but the port has appealed to the superior court. Two other cases including Meno's have still not been heard by the CSC.

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