Published September 14, 2018
FORT DUCHESNE, Utah – Roughly 120 entry-level employees with Ute Tribal Enterprises (U.T.E.) have received a $2-$3 wage increase in September. The baseline salary of $7.25 an hour has not been bumped up in previous years, making this move historical for U.T.E.
U.T.E. executives sought a need to raise wages to ensure financial security for entry-level workers and their families since the federal minimum wage has not increased since 2009.
“After evaluating U.T.E.’s current entry-level wages, the administrative staff has made the decision to increase entry-level wages. The increase will allow U.T.E. to remain competitive in the tightening Uintah Basin labor market,” says Valentina Sireech, U.T.E. CEO. “We, at U.T.E., believe that our employees are our greatest asset. By reinvesting in our employees, we are hoping to attract and retain quality people to work with us. By increasing entry-level wages, we are showing our employees that we value their services.”
As a leading employer in the Uintah Basin, U.T.E. makes great effort to invest in a wide-range of programs, trainings, and developments to help employees progress in their personal and financial goals. The company also offers a 401(k) plan that matches up to 5% of an employee’s contribution.