11 Jun 2007

American Samoa's Congressman asked to introduce amendment over increase in minimum wage

6:14 am on 11 June 2007

American Samoa's Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, will be asked to introduce an amendment to halt annual increases to the minimum wage.

Under a recently enacted federal bill, the minimum wage in American Samoa and the CNMI will be

increased by 50 cents an hour in July and every following year until the federal wage of $7.25 an

hour is reached.

Local businesses have supported the initial 50 cent hike but not the subsequent increases.

The President of the American Samoa Chamber of Commerce David Robinson said the Governor will be asking the Congressman to sponsor an amendment to halt the escalator


Mr Robinson says the amendment is necessary to protect American Samoa's economy.