16 Jul 2012

CNMI minimum wage to rise in September

4:30 am on 16 July 2012

The Northern Marianas minimum wage will increase by another 50 cents on September the 30th, bringing it to five US dollars and 55 cents an hour.

US President Barack Obama signed a law in 2010 delaying a scheduled 50-cent increase for 2011.

That delay followed a request by Delegate Gregorio Kilili Sablan, and by two of the largest business groups, the Saipan Chamber of Commerce and the Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands.

The 50-cent increase resumes this September, and every year thereafter until it reaches the federal wage of seven dollars and 25 cents an hour.

Mr Sablan says he will not propose another postponement of the 50-cent increase for 2012, as workers are counting on that 50-cent increase in September and they already had to skip 2011.