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Cherokee Nation Raises Tribal Minimum Wage to $9.50

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Principal Chief Bill John Baker (File photo) Principal Chief Bill John Baker (File photo)

Cherokee Nation employees will get a raise under an executive order signed Friday by Principal Chief Bill John Baker.

The order raises the tribal minimum wage to $9.50 an hour. The current minim wage is $9, above the federal minimum wage of $7.25

"The Cherokee Nation's mission is to be the employer of choice in northeast Oklahoma," Chief Baker said in a press release.

"We recognize that while the cost of goods and services has risen, wages have not, so we're doing something about that. This wage increase will help more Oklahomans put food on the table, and rest easier about how to make ends meet.”

Nearly 400 employees will see a pay increase resulting in more than $1,000 per year. Employees with more than one year of service earning minimum wage will jump to $9.50 per hour on Oct. 1, 2014, the first day of fiscal year 2015. Workers with less than one year of service will see a staggered increase over the fiscal year.

The wage applies to tribal government employees, including health care, education and housing.

The executive order does not apply to Cherokee Nation Businesses such as casinos. The businesses currently pay a minimum wage of $9.36.

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