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Hagåtña, GUAM — The Guam Chamber of Commerce has pleaded with the government to delay its minimum wage increase. The chamber sent a letter to the governor, in response to her statements that she would not support legislation to delay the hike. The Pacific Daily News reports the minimum wage is due...
American Samoa Executive Office Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The governor’s appointed Minimum Wage Task Force shared three options for consideration to address — and among other things — sustainability and economic feasibility pertaining to the federally mandated minimum wage hikes for American Samoa. The Oct. 23rd, 18-page report...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Speaking at last week’s cabinet meeting, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga said he told the visiting four-member team from the US Government Accountability Office, that “we cannot enforce” the next federally mandated minimum wage hike for American Samoa. The GAO team spent at...
American Samoa Executive Office Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — In its 18-page report, the governor’s appointed Minimum Wage Task Force cited “ongoing challenges” that face the private sector, with the most impacted being the “fishery-related industries”. Among the sections of the Oct. 23rd report, which Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga...
Chamber of Commerece chairwoman Ella Gurr
  Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Although supportive of “fair minimum wages for our employees”, the American Samoa Chamber of Commerce says the economy of the territory - which is reliant on the canneries - dictates otherwise. Therefore, the Chamber supports any delay in minimum wage hikes for the...
Aumua Amata in American Samoa speaking at a recent town hall.
Washington, DC  — Congresswoman Aumua Amata released the following statement concerning the recent minimum wage increase in American Samoa: “The minimum wage law for American Samoa is separate and distinct from the base minimum wage law covering the rest of the United States. That design recognizes...
StarKist canning plant
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While StarKist Inc., the US-based owner of StarKist Samoa in Atu’u, has offered no comments on the immediate effect of the new minimum wage increase, the company notes that, historically, past increases have impacted its overall operations. The new 40-cent per hour...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Screen shot as of last Saturday morning of the updated American Samoa minimum wage poster on the US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division website, indicating the new 40 cent per hour wage hike which became effective yesterday, Sept. 30, 2018. The federally mandated...
Mufi Hannemann
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — An ASG working group appointed by Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga to determine the financial impact of the next federally mandated minimum wage hike on American Samoa is finalizing its report. In the meantime, the minimum wage is among the “negative federal policies” that has...