Chamber seeks urgent action on wage hike moratorium request

The coronavirus scae is affecting Guam tourism.

The coronavirus scae is affecting Guam tourism.

Citing the economic impact of the novel coronavirus scare, the Guam Chamber of Commerce is asking the government to take immediate action on its request for deferment of minimum wage increase, which is scheduled for implementation on March 1.

Signed into law on Oct. 14 last year, Public Law 35-38 bumps Guam's minimum wage to $8.75 per hour this year. The second installment of the two-tiered wage increase will come into force in March 2021, thus raising the hourly rate to $9.25.

“Our request was merely to delay the increase by six months,” Christine Baleto, chair of the Chamber board, said in a letter to Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero.