16 Jul 2012

American Samoa senior workers get one-year extension

4:29 am on 16 July 2012

72 senior citizens in American Samoa employed by the American Samoa Territorial Administration on Aging Office who were issued termination notices a week ago can stay in their jobs.

The Office's Director, Tauanuu Pita, says the federal government has agreed to extend their employment for one more year.

Under federal program rules, senior citizens can only work for 48 months.

The group who was removed from the programme last week had reached the maximum employment term.

The elderly were employed in handicraft making, cultural instruction and janitorial work.

The local agency asked for an extension and this has been granted by Washington.