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SAULT STE. MARIE—The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors approved a longevity plan at its June 12 meeting to retain valuable employees by celebrating and acknowledging their service to the tribe. Team members with 10 years of service or more will receive an increase to their base wages and they will continue to receive increases every 5 years. An annual recognition luncheon will be held each spring in celebration.

“I am extremely pleased that the board passed this resolution,” Executive Director Christine McPherson said. “It will certainly ease some of the tribe’s pay compression issues. The board’s recognition of our long-term team members is truly appreciated.”

The plan, which includes all team members in the tribe’s government, casinos and enterprises, is effective immediately. Since half the year is over, a recognition luncheon will be held this fall. At that time, employees receiving increases for their length of service will receive a lump sum from January forward in a separate check following the luncheon. Five-year team members will receive a certificate and a gift at the luncheon. Team members with 10 years of service will receive a 1 percent increase to their base salary. Team members with 15 years in receive a 1.5 percent increase, with 20 years a 2 percent increase and so forth.

The date and location of this year’s recognition luncheon will be announced.

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