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Gov. Bryan Taps Attorney Joss Springette To Head Up Collective Bargaining Office

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. said St. Thomas Attorney Joss Springette will be his Chief Negotiator for the Office of Collective Bargaining.

Attorney Springette, who currently serves as General Counsel to the Virgin Islands Public Services Commission is a graduate of the University of the Virgin Islands and the Thomas Cooley Law School.

Springette is also a former Assistant Attorney General-Labor at the Office of Collective Bargaining where she represented the central government in labor and employment matters in arbitration, mediation and before the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), and local and federal courts.

“A productive relationship with our public sector employees is critical to our success as a government. Attorney Springette knows the issues and has the institutional knowledge along with the energy to represent the Government of the Virgin Islands in labor mediation and arbitration and I am grateful for her service and look forward to working with her,” Governor Bryan Said.

The Office of Collective Bargaining serves as the exclusive representative for the executive branch, and its departments and agencies, in all collective bargaining proceedings. The office assists the governor in the formulation of labor policies and strategies for collective bargaining and coordinates the government’s position in labor mediation, arbitration, civil and administrative proceedings.

Springette is a member of the Virgin Islands Bar Association, Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). She spent two years in private practice at the Law Offices of Claudette Ferron and Law Offices of Clive Rivers, representing clients in landlord/tenant, family, civil, criminal, appellate and probate matters.

She is the former Acting Chief Negotiator for the Office of Collective Bargaining.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

1 Comment

  1. Bill
    February 23, 2019 at 5:30 PM — Reply

    Even a simple Google search on the Thomas Cooley School of Law indicated that the school accepts around 86% of applicants, most graduates do not pass the bar exam on the first attempt, and is considered the worst law school in the United States.

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