GUAM BILL SEEKS MINIMUM WAGE HIKE

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By Mark-Alexander Pieper

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, June 19) - Lawmakers are expected to discuss a bill in session today that would increase the island's minimum wage over the course of the next two years by US$1.10 an hour.

Senator Benjamin Cruz's Bill 148, which was introduced in 2005, sought to increase the minimum wage from US$5.15 per hour to US$5.75 per hour by January 1, 2006, and then increase the minimum wage by another 50 cents to US$6.25 per hour by January 1, 2007.

Cruz, D-Piti, is the running mate of gubernatorial Democrat candidate and former Governor Carl Gutierrez in the upcoming election.

The bill has drawn much debate since it was introduced last year, as it could affect as many as 10,000 workers on Guam, according to Pacific Daily News.

In session yesterday, Speaker Mark Forbes said lawmakers moved Senator Robert Klitzkie's Bill 309 to the third reading file for vote. The bill would repeal the Supreme Court of Guam's authority to issue declaratory judgments.

June 20, 2006

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