Adelup: No delay in minimum wage implementation

Krystal Paco San Agustin, the governor's communications director. (PNC file photo)

Administration officials say the minimum wage hike scheduled for March 1 will go forward as planned despite a request to postpone the increase.

On Friday, the Guam Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, calling on her administration to delay the 50-cent minimum wage increase, until Sept. 1 of this year.

The Chamber cited a massive decline in tourists caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Chamber Chairwoman Christine Baleto warned that if the increase wasn’t delayed, there would be a detrimental effect on the island’s economy.

Krystal Paco San Agustin, the governor’s press secretary, said that while they plan to work with the Chamber on implementation, the wage hike is moving forward.

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“Again, the Governor’s role is to enforce the law. No executive order can trump that. So we will have to implement the minimum wage increase, whether we like it or not,” she said.

When Public Law 35-38 takes effect in two weeks, the current $8.25 minimum wage on Guam will go up to $8.75

A second 50-cent increase is scheduled for March of 2021.