Guam lawmaker proposing minimum wage hike

HAGATNA, Guam — The vice speaker of the Guam Legislature says he plans to introduce a bill to raise the minimum wage in the territory over three years, to $10.10 per hour.

Pacific Daily News reported Thursday that Vice Speaker Benjamin Cruz wants the minimum wage to increase to $8.20 per hour next year and to $9.15 per hour in 2016.

The full increase to $10.10 per hour would come in 2017.

More than 40 percent of private sector workers in Guam would be affected by the increase, about 17,000 people.

Cruz announced his proposal during a wage and compensation forum hosted by the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce.