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Cherokee Nation Businesses Follow Tribal Government In Raising Minimum Wage

Sep 25, 2019
Employee Karen Chuculate works at CNB Engineering & Manufacturing in Stilwell. CNB engineering and manufacturing companies provide aerospace and defense services for commercial and government clients.
(Courtesy Cherokee Nation Businesses)

Cherokee Nation Businesses announced that it will raise its workers' minimum wage to $11 an hour, effective Oct. 1. The announcement comes after pay raises were approved last month for Cherokee Nation government workers. Journal Record editor Russell Ray discusses the specifics of these raises and how profits from Cherokee Nation Businesses help the tribe. 

 

Jackie Fortier / StateImpact Oklahoma

Jacob is just a few hours old when registered nurse Amy Burnett begins one of the simplest measurements to tell if a newborn is healthy — their weight.

Samantha Lowe of Tahlequah works the front desk of Cherokee Nation’s Career Services office. She received a full-time position after two years of participating in the tribe’s Summer Youth Employment Program making minimum wage
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Though the minimum wage remains at $7.25 per hour for most Oklahomans, several tribal nations pay more or have boosted their entry-level wage above the federal level, a move that could cause the Oklahoma Legislature to take another look at the issue.

Pennies
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An Oklahoma City lawmaker plans to file legislation next year to raise the subminimum wage for some service-sector employees.

Democratic Rep. Mike Shelton says that under current law workers younger than 20, workers who earn tips and some other categories of employees can legally be paid below-minimum hourly wages.

An employer whose workers receive tips is required to pay a minimum wage of $2.13 per hour, provided that amount plus the tips equals at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. That equates to $290 per week for a full-time, 40-hour employee.

Review: News Affecting Indian Country

May 17, 2014
Susan Shannon

Tobacco Tax Compact Negotiated

A new tobacco tax compact between the Kialegee Tribal Town and the state of Oklahoma is now in effect. Each of the state's 38 federally recognized Indian tribes can negotiate a compact with the state that determines how much of the $1.03-per-pack tax is distributed between the state and the tribe.  The Tulsa World reports that Oklahoma will collect 30 percent of all Kialegee compact taxes - or all applicable state taxes - on the sale of any cigarette or other tobacco product that is subject to the compact from Feb. 1 of this year through the end of 2015. That amount increases to 40 percent in 2016, 45 percent in 2017 and 50 percent in 2018. The compact expires at the end of 2018.

Gov. Mary Fallin
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The minimum wage has become a campaign issue in Oklahoma and nationally as Republicans and Democrats debate whether the wage should be raised and what effects that would have.

In Oklahoma City, a labor union and a lawyer launched a petition effort in February to increase the city’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour, which is the state and federal minimum, to $10.10 an hour. That prompted a GOP-supported legislative bill to prohibit municipalities from setting their own minimum wage and vacation and sick days for private businesses.