Chumash tribe increases hourly minimum wage to $17 for entry-level positions

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Jan. 7—The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in December implemented a minimum wage increase to $17 per hour for nontipped, entry-level positions at its area properties.

The decision was made ahead of the newly instituted $15-an-hour wage minimum which took effect across the state on Jan. 1.

According to tribal CEO John Elliott, the increase will assist the organization with hiring in crucial areas such as custodial, hotel operations and food and beverage. "We have reassessed our compensation offering to attract quality candidates for open positions throughout the organization," he said.

Other employees throughout the enterprise could also see an increase in compensation that is currently under review, the tribe announced.

A job fair at the Santa Maria Inn will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.

According to the job fair announcement, full-time employees are offered competitive pay and benefits that include medical, dental and vision insurance, a 401(k) with a matching-funds program, tuition reimbursement and free shuttle service to and from the Chumash Casino Resort for Lompoc and Santa Maria residents.

Applicants are asked to arrive five minutes prior to their scheduled appointment, dress appropriately and bring a valid ID.

Walk-ins are welcome, however, candidates with appointments will be given priority. To schedule an interview, visit

Lisa André covers lifestyle and local news for Santa Ynez Valley News and Lompoc Record, editions of the Santa Maria Times.

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