Some say 10-hour work day too long

The directive to have ASG employees work ten hour shifts for four days a week, has been described by several employees as ill conceived.

They point out that when they report to work at 5 or 6am they don’t have members of the public to serve.

They say ten hours is too long, and for some who don’t have vehicles, the buses are not operating after 6 when they get off work.

Some mothers are also worried about leaving their children at home for such a long time.  And finishing at such a late hour means dinner for their families will be served late.

The chairman of the ASG Coronavirus Task Force Iulogologo Joseph Pereira said the objective is to lessen the number of people working in the office. Employees will work only four days.

“Government employees need to know that life and its associate convenience has change dramatically by this crisis. The Department of Human Resources is monitoring the situation and it will revise its advisories and polices accordingly. We are operating under the cloud of great uncertainty so sacrifices are expected. *


13 Comments

  1. Jelly Beans

    There’s still other ways to accomplish that Iu, go back to the drawing board. U folks problem, u’re not listening to the ppl, they know what works best 4 them…who does the majority of work on any given day, on a regular…be flexible!!

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  2. Oh Gosh!!

    I would rather work 10 hours for 4 days and get 3 days off then working 5-8hr days. Amuia kakou o lae maua a le galuega e kausi ai aiga. Look at Hawaii, already 50, 000 people have applied for unemployment because of furloughs and lay offs. No matter what the govt decides, people are never satisfied or happy with decisions made. Kalofa e!!!

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    1. Concerned ASG Employee

      American Samoa should never be compared to Hawaii or any other U.S. state and territories because we don’t fall under the same set of jurisdictions and privileges. We are not the same in population, cost of living, and economic stance to think we are at all in an advantage. We are too small in size to self-develop and too proud to incorporate new innovative solutions to problems that are solved in fifth-grade textbooks.

      "The chairman of the ASG Coronavirus Task Force Iulogologo Joseph Pereira said the objective is to lessen the number of people working in the office."

      Yet, the proposed solution is to make them work more hours a day? What is the point of working only four days a week when workers are now more likely to be exposed to the public/virus with the prolonged schedule? Is the virus only out on the fifth day? Time should not be the target if the problem is exposure.

      "They say ten hours is too long, and for some who don’t have vehicles, the buses are not operating after 6 when they get off work. Some mothers are also worried about leaving their children at home for such a long time."

      If this is not a valid enough reason then I don’t see what logic behind the government’s thinking process for these policies. If essential employees are required to work, present us with a more reasonable alternative. Also, do we really have to wait for someone to die or infected to initiate Code Yellow? We are required to work regardless of which code is in effect but more serious precautions should be executed if we are risking our lives and the lives of our families for the government to operate during this crisis.

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      1. Keepin it Real

        I AGREE 100%!!! NEED MORE STRINGENT POLICIES, THIS COVID-19 IS FAR MORE CONTAGIOUS THAN PEOPLE THINK, PLEASE STAY HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE,

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    2. It is … What it is!

      YES U CAN’T SATISFY EVERYONE AND RIGHT NOW THAT’S NOT WHAT’S PRIORITY BUT MAKE THE CALLS THAT NEED TO BE MADE, MORE REALISTICALLY DOABLE!!!!

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  3. Malae Alofi

    When a emergency declaration is declared the goal is to minimize the exposure of the public and workers from contracting a threat or virus during a potential outbreak. American Samoa has initiated its Emergency Declaration to Code Blue and ASG employees are recommended and expected to work 10-hours a day (40-hrs per week). Instead of minimizing working hours, ASG’s declaration plan literally puts majority of its employees more at risk to exposure. Also, stores and transportation are on lock down by 6:00PM and many of these employees gets off at 6 or 6:30pm. Making the scenario more worse is that schools are out and many of these employees have to be home with their kids and loved ones. The 10-hours sounds perfect for First Responders especially when these employees are on-call 24/7 – but shouldn’t be applied across the board.

    The Administration should need to reconsider this through before CODE YELLOW is activated. What applies in other States shouldn’t be applied in A.S. Those States in the U.S. has all the essential and proper medical equipment, kits, and manpower to address massive cases. As for us, we’re not even close. It is not even fully clear if LBJ can sustain and address a massive capacity of COVID-19 cases during an outbreak. Sadly, quarantine areas are not even sufficient and ill-prepared. Tsk… Tsk… we can do better.

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  4. Tiaina

    The point is to limit people exposure. So great they have Friday off. But now they still exposed same amount of hours. Tsk tsk. Look in to what South Korea did! Please! "task force"

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  5. Eddie Vaouli

    It’s called life. No comparison, we are entitled. Period! What job evolves around your life? What world are you living in? Wake up! You want to work? Make it work! Plain and simple. Stop making excuses. And start finding solutions.

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  6. A bunch of pampered babies

    Stop crying, some offices work 12hr shifts and dont complain, you people get a small schedule change and are crying like babies. I have to work for days a week for 10 hrs stop crying, buses run at 4 in the morning 5 days a week so dont say they dont. Remember operations run for 6am to 6pm, if you get at work at 6am you work until 4:30pm not 6, man we can be a bunch of doom aces if you can’t get things our way, stop crying over spilled milk man up and talk with your director to work out a schedule that benefits the whole office like staying on the 8hr shifts but please stop whining you babies

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  7. TIGALAVAMULI POPOMANOO

    AMEN TO THAT?????10 HOURS THAT IS NOTHING TO SOME PEOPLE THAT HAVE SERVED IN THE DPS (TCF). MY BROTHER SOMETIMES HAD TO WORK FROM 6 TO 6 AND IF THE OTHER SHIFT ARE NOT COMING TO WORK BECAUSE THAT IS THEIR USUAL ROUTINE HE IS ASKED TO TAKE THAT SHIFT??ANOTHER 6 TO 6 SHIFT CAN ANYONE WORK FOR 24 HOUR STRAIGHT????NO TO THE NO!!HE NEVER COMPLAIN BUT IF MY MOM OKE HIM HE JUST SAID "MOM, O AI A VAAIA PAGOKA? UA LEAI GI KAGAKA FAI GALUEGA, UA KOAKELE KAGAKA UA IGOIGO MA NONOFO MA LE O MAI AI LOA E FAIGALUEGA!!" 24 IKULA AE KAGI OE I LE SEFULU???KALOFAE, AE,AE LEGA MANUIA UA MAUA SOIA LE MAKAGAGA MA LE KELE O MEA FUFULU!!A LE MAFAI OGA AMO LE FAGA IA ALU ESE O LAE E KOAKELE KAGAKA O LAE FIA FAIGALUEGA. ALU I LE FALE.

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    1. Comprehend before posting

      I believe you are missing out on the gist of the concerns. Please thank your brother for his service with DPS but we’re talking about a viral pandemic here. People are concerned that longer hours of work further exposes employees to the risk of contracting the virus as they are in a public place with more than 10 people for 10 hours a day. Ain’t no one complaining about how long 10 hours is a day for work. We are only complaining because there is a viral pandemic and we are required to work longer hours thus, exposing us to a much longer time to the risk of contracting the virus (if its here).

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  8. Alofa mai. Bring the bingo back please

    Where is the love? 10 hours a day is too much long. I have no more bingo. I no more go to the bar to drink. I cannot hug or hold my husband’s best friend’s hands because my husband home all the time. I come home and all the kids are hungry and never make any food for me. I have no more tax refund because I buy 10 pusa water and each bottle was 10 tala amelika. I cannot go to get Macdonads when I get hungry at night, because they close at ten oclock PM and I go there around eleven thirdy. So many people can get a coronviris if the people is work too much. I is work way too much this week. Please American Samoa, alofa mai to the people of American Samoa. We need to find the solutions and improvise the problems. No more to get greed in our hearts, but make your hearts love to your brothers and sisters, because the time is very hard today. There is no more bingo. Make all your hearts like there is so much love. Please allow the people to go live like before this bad deceases like the coronviris. Bring back bingo so the hard working people can relax and become healthy to fight this sick life.

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  9. SUGGESTED SOLUTION

    Have most of the employees of each department work from home…..most of them do their work via the internet, so it would not be an inconvenience to have those employees work from home…..
    For the front office receptionist, provide them with masks and have them work 8am to 12noon daily…….then go home and work from the internet. This is really sufficient time for gov’t workers to do what needs to be done…..seriously! and for the public to get information and process what they need within those early morning hours.
    A well posted hours of work on the newspaper for each department is all that is needed for our community at large and business sector to prepare and get well acquainted with these new measures to get their needs in advance during the new times…
    Stay home mandate, means stay home, and we all understand that some departments made need to be open for a short period of time…..therefore, the suggested new hours aforementioned is really quite workable, give it a try and you will be amazed what technology can provide in resolving most of the needs of our community. Good Luck…..

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