19 Nov 2008

Starkist in American Samoa says workers will be told this week of new measures

11:50 am on 19 November 2008

The largest employer in American Samoa, StarKist Samoa, says it will inform its workers throughout this week about some of the cost cutting measures it plans to implement.

The company's parent company StarKist Sea Food Inc, announced yesterday the measures to be put into place to offset dramatically escalating costs in American Samoa, primarily ongoing minimum wage increases as mandated by federal law.

The company is eliminating about 20 full time salaried positions, hourly employee pension benefits and cut seven paid holidays as well as paid vacation for hourly employees.

Mary Sestric of StarKist says the 20 full time employees were told on Saturday about the change.

She also says that all other employees are being informed in meetings throughout this week regarding other matters/benefits being eliminated.