Chamber seeks delay in start of minimum wage increase

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The Guam Chamber of Commerce has sent a letter to Governor Lou Leon Guerrero requesting for a moratorium on the implementation date of Public Law 35-38, which would delay the start date of the minimum wage increase until September 1 of this year.

In her letter to Governor Leon Guerrero, Chamber Chairwoman Christine Baleto pointed out that tourist arrivals have dropped drastically over concerns of the novel coronavirus directly impacting Guam’s primary economic pillar — the tourism industry.

The minimum wage on Guam currently stands at $8.25. It will rise 50 cents on March 1st to $8.75.

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If the increase is not delayed,  Baleto warns that the detrimental effect on Guam’s economy would be significant. She said employees in the tourism industry could actually see a 33% reduction in their income, rather than an increase.

The law requires a second 50 cent increase in March of 2021 which will boost the minimum wage up to $9.25 an hour.

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