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Guam Power Authority proposes pay increase plan for employees



 By Pacific Island Times News Staff


The Guam Power Authority is requesting the Consolidated Commission on Utilities to adopt a proposed pay plan for the utility agency's employees.


Officials said the plan, estimated to cost between $1 million and $2 million annually, seeks to offer competitive rates to allow GPA to recruit and retain skilled workers.


The proposed rates, GPA said, would address the widening gap between local salaries and market standards without resulting in rate increases.


GPA said the proposed increase would be implemented gradually over five years, from its current ranking in the 5th percentile to the 50th percentile nationally.


GPA noted that the government of Guam General Pay Plan 22 percent

increase was not applied to GPA employees.


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GPA said it will leverage operational efficiencies to fund the plan, safeguarding customers from the impact. The operational savings will be achieved through streamlining workflows, the use of technology like the smart grid, and attrition.

 

"We recognize the significance of offering competitive compensation to GPA employees without burdening our customers with increased power bills," said John Benavente GPA general manager.


He said GPA has streamlined its operations, allowing the agency to "maintain optimal staffing levels while facilitating the seamless transfer of knowledge from experienced workers who are nearing retirement, to our apprentices and new hires."

 

Additionally, GPA said it continues its efforts to recruit talent through initiatives like the operations training program, and internships covering engineering, cybersecurity, accounting, and a U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program.


"The challenge of recruiting and retaining skilled workers isn't unique to GPA; it's a reality faced by every entity on Guam," Benavente said.


"GPA places a special emphasis on workforce development, laying the groundwork for future generations to advance the Clean Energy Master Plan and secure a brighter future for their children," he added.

GPA will be accepting applications for internships until May 2. Interested participants can visit www.guampowerauthority.com under the “How Do I” tab to see listings, applications and instructions.


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