Friday, March 18, 2011

Overtime owed to GFD firefighters since the 80s????

After reading the story in the KUAM online news Friday, March 18, 2011, about the Guam Police officers winning their class action suit for overtime owed, it reminded me of all the money that is owed to GFD firefighters since the 1980s. Remember when we worked 122.5 hours per pay period and we were only paid for 106 hours. I contended that we were owed for that 16.5 hours that we were not compensated for every payday and payable at time and one half. Nobody seemed to want to join in on that action. Well at least GPD (Guam Police) took action and won.....Here is the news article by Mindy Aguon:

Officers seeking OT as far back to 1990s

Mar 18, 2011 3:29 PM

Updated: Mar 18, 2011 3:29 PM
Guam - Officers with the Guam Police Department continue their class action lawsuit as they seek compensation for years of working beyond 40-hour workweeks without receiving overtime pay. Police officers work 43 hours a week, but had only received regular pay instead of OT for the additional hours. 
A Guam Supreme Court decision found that GovGuam was violating the fair labor standards act by not compensating law enforcement personnel overtime pay. The officers are represented by Attorney Dan Somerfleck, who says the class needs to be certified and the court must determine how many years the officers can claim for compensation since they began working the hours in the late-1990s.
A scheduling conference was scheduled for today but had to be continued until next month because the government's attorney was unable to make the hearing.  Another hearing will be held on April 15.

Here is the link to the Fair Labor Standard Title 29 Part 553:

Link to FLSA Title 29 Part 785:

Well you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be pursuing the overtime that is owed to me since 1987. One thing is for certain, if you never try you will never win.

Until next time....

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