New Jersey Working Families Alliance

The New Jersey Working Families Alliance is a grassroots independent political organization fighting for a government that represents the needs and values of working families. We elect candidates who share our values and organize campaigns to advance progressive policies. Together we’re building a movement of working families to fight for economic and social justice in New Jersey.


Let’s face it: New Jersey’s economy is out of whack. All income gains since the start of the Great Recession have gone to New Jersey’s richest 5 percent, while the bottom 95 percent are paying more, getting less, and looking for jobs that are nowhere to be found.

Since our founding in 2008 we have been on the front lines of the fight for a more just New Jersey:

Fighting for $15: New Jersey Working Families is leading in the fight to ensure every hard working New Jerseyan can earn a wage they can live on. We coordinate a table of labor, community, and grassroots organizations that brought New Jersey into the nationwide movement for a $15 minimum wage. Thanks to worker organizing, mass rallies, and pressure on the local and county level, legislators in both chambers have agreed to a plan that will gradually raise the minimum wage to $15. For more coverage of the campaign, see our Flipboard.

Earned Sick Time for all New Jerseyans: We lead the grassroots coalition that has successfully advanced paid sick days laws in eleven New Jersey municipalities over the last two years. Nearly 200,000 New Jersey workers are now covered by local laws, and the national media is calling it “the biggest wave of paid sick days victories ever.”

Fairer Budgets and Taxes: We coordinate the statewide Better Choices for New Jersey coalition that leads the fight against Governor Christie’s failed trickle-down policies. In 2009 we fought for and won a one-year tax increase on New Jersey’s richest 2%, and in 2014 the legislature passed a budget that suspended wasteful corporate subsidy programs. We’re fighting for a moratorium on all corporate tax breaks until Gov. Christie can prove that the companies are delivering the jobs New Jersey needs. To see more press on our campaign, see our Flipboard.

Protecting and Strengthening Voting Rights: In 2015 we launched a new campaign to increase voter participation in New Jersey. Our state ranks 39th in both number of eligible residents registered to vote and registered voters who actually turn out on Election Day. That’s why we successfully advanced the New Jersey Democracy Act, which includes expanded early voting, online voter registration and automatic voter registration. To see more press on the campaign, see our Flipboard here.

An Accountable Government: Since Bridgegate broke we have been at the forefront of calls for greater transparency and accountability in Trenton. We collected signatures from over 20,000 New Jerseyans calling for Governor Christie’s resignation, called him out at his town hall meetings and staged protests in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge. Working Families also made national news when we filed an ethics complaint against former Port Authority Chairman David Samson over multiple instances where he inappropriately involved himself in matters that benefitted the clients of his law firm. Samson resigned from his post within a month.

New Jersey Working Families Alliance brings together labor and community organizations that share a commitment to economic and social justice. Our affiliates include:

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 1
American Association of University Professors, AFT
NJ Union of Rutgers Administrators, AFT NJ
Communications Workers of America, District 1
CWA Locals 1032, 1033, 1037, 1039, 1082 and 1084
Garden State Equality
International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1588
International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 194
Laundry Distribution Joint Board, Workers United SEIU
New Jersey Citizen Action
New Jersey Clean Water Action
New Jersey Communities United
New Jersey Education Association
New Jersey United Students
Service Employees International Union, NJ State Council
SEIU Locals 1199 and 32BJ
Sierra Club NJ
United Food and Commercial Workers, Region 1

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A Message from Analilia Mejia

For the past 5 years, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to lead some amazing fights as Executive Director of New Jersey Working Families Alliance. It’s been an honor and a privilege to have stood by your side. ... More