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DAVID HINTS LEGAL ACTION AGAINST LABOR CHIEF

The Senate Committee on Labor and Veterans Affairs is still without documents it subpoenaed from Labor Commissioner Sonia Jacobs-Dow, and committee Chairman Roosevelt David said he may take legal action against the department.
David had demanded the documents be presented at a legislative hearing last week, but Jacobs-Dow did not present them with her testimony. She said she would present them after a recess but did not return, and David adjourned the hearing. Jacobs-Dow refused to leave the documents with legislative staff.
On Tuesday, David renewed his determination to obtain the documents. "It leaves me with no alternative but to take legal action," he said. David said the Attorney General will have to get involved as he believes the law has been broken by Labor Commissioner's failure to turn over subpoenaed documents.
The documents being sought from the Labor Commissioner pertain to employees and employment practices at the Virgin Islands Telephone Co. and on the workers' compensation program at the Labor Department.
Sen. Adlah "Foncie" Donastorg is pursuing the Vitelco issue, and David said he has received numerous complaints from workers that they cannot pay medical bills because workers' compensation payments are being held up.
The senators have accused the Labor commissioner of being uncooperative and defiant. David said he is convinced that Jacobs-Dow is not capable of running the Labor Department, which he has described as being in chaos.
"The claims of low morale and poor working conditions have been substantiated by testimony of Labor employees before the Senate," David said.
In addition, he said, on Tuesday he got a firsthand look at problems in the worker's compensation program and other divisions of Labor during an onsite visit. "Clearly, there are many problems and as long as the governor takes to make a decision on Labor's leadership, the department will continue to dwindle away to nothing," David said.
He said while he would not want to hamper the department from providing its services, he might consider the department's budget fair game unless something is done about its management.
David said he has talked with Gov. Charles W. Turnbull but does not know what action the governor may take.

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The Senate Committee on Labor and Veterans Affairs is still without documents it subpoenaed from Labor Commissioner Sonia Jacobs-Dow, and committee Chairman Roosevelt David said he may take legal action against the department.
David had demanded the documents be presented at a legislative hearing last week, but Jacobs-Dow did not present them with her testimony. She said she would present them after a recess but did not return, and David adjourned the hearing. Jacobs-Dow refused to leave the documents with legislative staff.
On Tuesday, David renewed his determination to obtain the documents. "It leaves me with no alternative but to take legal action," he said. David said the Attorney General will have to get involved as he believes the law has been broken by Labor Commissioner's failure to turn over subpoenaed documents.
The documents being sought from the Labor Commissioner pertain to employees and employment practices at the Virgin Islands Telephone Co. and on the workers' compensation program at the Labor Department.
Sen. Adlah "Foncie" Donastorg is pursuing the Vitelco issue, and David said he has received numerous complaints from workers that they cannot pay medical bills because workers' compensation payments are being held up.
The senators have accused the Labor commissioner of being uncooperative and defiant. David said he is convinced that Jacobs-Dow is not capable of running the Labor Department, which he has described as being in chaos.
"The claims of low morale and poor working conditions have been substantiated by testimony of Labor employees before the Senate," David said.
In addition, he said, on Tuesday he got a firsthand look at problems in the worker's compensation program and other divisions of Labor during an onsite visit. "Clearly, there are many problems and as long as the governor takes to make a decision on Labor's leadership, the department will continue to dwindle away to nothing," David said.
He said while he would not want to hamper the department from providing its services, he might consider the department's budget fair game unless something is done about its management.
David said he has talked with Gov. Charles W. Turnbull but does not know what action the governor may take.