MINIMUM WAGE SURVEY BEING CONDUCTED IN AMERICAN SAMOA BY U.S.

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (November 13, 1998 - Samoa News)---The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) currently is conducting a survey of businesses in American Samoa to determine whether changes should be made to the local minimum wage rate.

Survey forms were mailed out to the Territory's businesses and to the government late last month.

As part of the overall wage rate study, DOL noted that it is very important that the federal government obtain information on wages now paid to local employees.

This information will be compiled into a report that will be used by an Industry Committee to consider revised wage rates for various industries in American Samoa.

Minimum wages in American Samoa vary depending on the industry. Wage rates are evaluated every two-years.

The Industry Committee will meet next year and make recommendations for minimum wage rates for the various industries in the Territory, according to the Labor Department.

Several staff members from the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division will be in Pago Pago early in December to help conduct the survey.

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