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ASG accommodates part time HAL workers after flight times changed

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga [SN file photo]
compiled by Samoa News staff

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has requested ASG entities to assist their employees who work part time for Hawaiian Airlines with their work schedule as the airline has temporarily retimed flights in and out of Pago Pago to Tuesday and Friday mornings.

The change in Hawaiian's flight times went into effect late last month because of repairs needed to be carried out by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to the Instrument Landing System at Pago Pago International Airport. Hawaiian had previously operated on Monday and Thursday nights.

Arrivals and departures in the evening hours have worked well for ASG employees who work part-time for Hawaiian’s local station. But when the flights were retimed, some employees were concerned about not only their ASG jobs, but also losing out on their part time job, which provides additional income for their families.

In a May 4th letter to CEOs and directors of ASG departments, offices and authorities, the governor explained that the “concerns of job security” raised by ASG employees working part time for Hawaiian has prompted the request from the company for “accommodation of this temporary situation, placing these employees in a precarious situation.”

The current flight schedule will tentatively terminate at the end of July.

“While the American Samoa Government is not responsible for the accommodation of employees engaging in second jobs, the change was sudden and it is not permanent,” Lolo explained.

“Accordingly, no policy is in place to address this type of issue hence the latitude is extended to you as leaders of your respective organizations to address this request to ensure compliance with existing personnel rules and regulations,” Lolo wrote.

The governor provided in his letter, the names of 13 ASG employees who work at 9 ASG entities - and work part time for Hawaiian - so directors/CEOs can deal with each employee according to the work schedule and responsibilities.

Lolo asks that he is provided information on what has been worked out with each employee “to ensure that a ‘win-win’ outcome is achieved.”

As reported yesterday in Samoa News, the FAA has installed new antennas for the ILS at the Tafuna airport and flight check is moved from July to this week: May 16-18th.


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