Monday, March 3, 2014

Cherokee Nation Raising Minimum Wage

The Cherokee Nation is raising its minimum wage from $9 to $9.50 an hour, Principal Chief Bill John Baker announced Tuesday.

Baker signed an executive order last week raising the minimum wage starting in October for those employees on the job a year or more.  For those with less than one year of service, the upgrade will be phased in over fiscal year 2015.  The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 per hour.  President Barack Obama has proposed raising the nation's minimum wage to $10.10.

According to Cherokee Nation reports, the tribe employs 1,046 persons in Sequoyah County with over $36.6 million in salaries, 908 in Adair County with almost $33.7 million in salaries and 4,239 in Chero- kee County where the tribe's headquarters are located with over $154 million in salaries.

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