Five years ago, we set out to fight for New Jersey working families and on February 4th we had the honor to say, we did it!
Thanks to your activism, close to 1 million New Jersey workers are on the path for an increase in their wage, but that’s not all! In the last year, New Jersey families have won hard fought campaigns for earned sick days, expanded family leave, increased spending on safety net and more affordable higher education.
“By becoming the 4th state to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, New Jersey continues its momentum of progressive victories for workers and their families. Today’s victory will put nearly 1 million New Jersey workers on a path to the middle-class and allows greater choices and mobility for workers. We commend Governor Murphy and Senate and Assembly leadership for prioritizing this key issue and recognizing the need to secure greater economic justice for workers.
This victory belongs to the countless workers and advocates who remained undeterred by Chris Christie’s veto and built the grassroots support that made this moment possible. We pushed back and defeated proposals that would have created a teen sub-minimum wage. The fight to raise the minimum wage for workers doesn’t end here. There is a lot work left to do to ensure the state’s agricultural and tipped workers are not left behind. We will continue to advocate for legislation that ensure every worker in New Jersey can earn a living wage and recognizes the dignity in their work, said Analilia Mejia, Executive Director of New Jersey Working Families”
This type of victory doesn’t just happen. For half a decade, activists such as yourself had to think strategically and build the independent political power that gets things DONE! This victory belongs to you, and the countless workers and advocates who remained undeterred by Chris Christie’s veto in 2016 and built the grassroots support that made this moment possible. In this fight, we advocated for a $15 minimum wage for all workers and defeated proposals to exclude teen workers.