Pay raise teaser adds interest to Fono budget hearings
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga used last Friday’s government labor day celebration to announced the pay increase for ASG workers making less than $10,000 a year. Raises are schedule to go into effect in the new fiscal year, if the Fono approves the administration’s final FY 2014 budget proposal.
Speaking to the crowd at Veterans Memorial Stadium towards the end of the 8-hour celebration, which began with a 7:30a.m. with a parade from the Office of Motor Vehicle compound, Lolo said that the departments of Education and Public Works are two executive departments with many workers making less than $10,000 a year.
If the Senate and House approve the FY 2014 budget, Lolo said all these workers as well as those in other executive branch departments and agencies will get their annual pay increase to $10,000 or more. The message resulted in applause from the crowd.
Last Friday’ celebration was described by those who spoke at the ceremony as a historical event because its the first time that the government publicly honored and pay tribute to not only its workforce but those in the private sector. The government also presented special awards - including money to at least three individuals who have been serving in government for between 50 and 55 years.
The local U.S. Army Reserve and some local businesses were invited to participate in the celebration including the parade and the governor thanked them for their participation saying that “it makes a big difference and it brings dignity into our celebration today.”
Among the major local companies who participate are McConnell Dowell, BlueSky Communications, Tool Shop, and Manu’a and Tutuila stores.
More details of Friday’s celebration tomorrow and Tuesday.
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