Cherokee chief vetoes minimum-wage hike

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith vetoed a bill that would have raised the minimum wage for tribal employees to $8 an hour.

Smith said he supports an increase in the minimum wage. But he wants it to be phased in over time.

The council had voted 11-6 to raise the pay immediately. The tribe has more than 6,000 employees.

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Cherokee chief vetoes wage hike (The Tulsa World 9/20)
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Press Release: Principal Chief Urges Changes to Minimum Wage, Vetoes Law (CNO 9/19)

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Cherokee Nation - http://www.cherokee.org

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