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CUC may reduce work hours

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THE Commonwealth Utilities Corp. management has recommended the reduction of work hours as part of cost-cutting measures.

On Friday, CUC management led by Executive Director Gary Camacho presented four austerity options to the board during a videoconference.

Besides work-hour cuts, these measures include furloughs, 10% across-the-board pay cuts, and reduction in workforce or layoffs.

Board chair Miranda Manglona, vice chair Weston Deleon Guerrero, board members Matthew Holley, Jovita Paulino, and Ignacio Perez participated in the meeting.

Camacho told them that the finances of CUC are weakening as a result of the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said a reduction in work hours may avoid layoffs.

CUC financial account manager Betty Terlaje, for her part, said the work-hour cut is temporary.

In an interview, Camacho said based on his discussion with CUC’s human resources office, most of the CUC employees preferred a work-hour cut compared to the other options.

He said even if CUC implements austerity measures, “we won’t sacrifice safety and expertise requirements.”

Camacho said CUC management is hoping that the board will support the proposal to reduce work hours.

In the past few months, he said CUC has also been implementing internal cost-saving measures but, again, without affecting the efficiency of their operations and the safety of their personnel and customers. 

He noted that over 100 full-time positions have not been filled because of the current crisis.

“We will continue to minimize our programs to sustain our operations effectively and efficiently,” he said. “It is very critical that we continue to provide services to the community to help fight this pandemic.”

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