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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has described the estimated more than $170 million in COVID-19 pandemic federal aid to American Samoa as a “tsunami of cash inflow into the territory” and a “blessing in disguise” — boosting the local economy, which was also augmented by...
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New York City, NEW YORK — This story is about the canned tuna business and the three big companies that dominate it. It’s a story about price fixing, and it’s a saga so dark and disruptive those companies are still reeling from it, facing bankruptcy, legal action, even prison time. It’s a story...
Molly Schuster holding her birthday cake with co-workers
StarKist Samoa’s Human Resources manager, Molly Schuster (holding  her cake) and her staff during her birthday celebration last Friday, July 10th.  [photo: StarKist]
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — StarKist Samoa, the largest private employer in the territory, has no production today, Thursday, and tomorrow, Friday — which has also been declared by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga as a government holiday on July 3rd in observance of the 4th of July, U.S. Independence Day...
(l-r) Lead Main Pack Seneuefa Faoasau, Epi Schuster, Supervisor So’o Maanaima, and Lead Fish Cleaner Tausala Tuimaseve
StarKist Samoa honored one of its longest serving employees, 66-year-old Epi Schuster (second from far left), with a farewell befitting her 30 years of service last Friday. She was showered with monetary gifts, ulas and lots of food, clothing and all sorts of gifts prepared by her packing room...
Fathers in the StarKist packing room
Gifts, heaps of food (including size-2s) and all sorts of candy ulas were some of the treats Starkist mothers and daughters presented to Starkist fathers in honor of Father’s Day. Pictured are some of the fathers in the packing room who gathered for a photo during their luncheon last Friday. The...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — During its assessment of the local minimum wage increase, the US Government Accountability Office interviewed selected employers and workers, and they noted — among other things — a “potential positive impact on the livelihood of workers but a potential negative impact...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has, again, informed the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) that the territorial government prefers to establish a private-public sector committee, with federal participation, to analyze and determine the territory’s minimum wage level,...
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Pago Pago, AMRICAN SAMOA — As mandated by federal law, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO released yesterday its latest report on the minimum wage for American Samoa and the report — which doesn’t make recommendations on whether or not to increase or decrease local minimum wage — was...
Cans of StarKist tuna
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — StarKist Inc. and it’s owner, South Korean-based Dongwon Industries, along with the former chief executive of Bumble Bee Foods, Christopher Lischewski are defendants in a new civil lawsuit filed Tuesday by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson at King County...

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