1 Oct 2010

Obama approves US Pacific wage hike deferral

12:28 pm on 1 October 2010

The US President Barack Obama has signed the bill delaying minimum wage increases for American Samoa and the Northern Marianas.

This comes after the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill, deferring the hike in American Samoa for 2010 and 2011, and in the CNMI for 2011.

The House vote followed a Senate approval of the bill earlier in the week.

Under a federal law passed in 2007 minimum wages in American Samoa and the CNMI were to be increased annually until they reach the federal wage of $7.25 an hour.

Another 50 cent increase was to take effect today.