AKWESASNE — The minimum wage for employees of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will go up with the new year, according to a Friday press release from the tribe.
A total of 130 tribal employees will receive $11.48 per hour as of Jan. 1, a 45-cent raise over current rates.
The tribe’s minimum wage was last raised in January of 2016.
The release cites “the need for the tribal organization to remain competitive in Northern New York State” in justifying the increase.
“The tribal minimum wage increase represents the latest effort by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe to provide for the wellbeing and livelihood of all tribal government employees,” said SRMT Executive Director Tsiorasa Barreiro.
The pay raise will affect all tribal employees, including staff whose wages are derived from federal or state funding sources.
The minimum wage for employees in New York state is currently $10.40, though it is expected to increase to $11.10 on Jan 1. Employers in New York City and some surrounding areas are required to pay their workers a higher minimum wage than that found throughout upstate New York.
The decision to raise the tribal minimum wage “assures that all employees of the Tribe will continue to receive compensation greater than the state minimum wage,” according to the release.
No tribal government employee of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will receive compensation less than the new tribal minimum wage; with the exception of trainees and student interns who are specifically designated to receive a rate below the federal minimum wage due to program requirements.