Organized Labor Celebrates Gov. Murphy's Signing of Paid Family Leave Reform Law
Today, Governor Murphy signed into law Paid Family Leave Reform legislation (S-2528: Sweeney/Diegnan/Ruiz & A-3975: Quijano/Giblin/Downey). The bill extends the paid leave period from six weeks to 12 weeks, increases the benefit amount from two-thirds of a claimant’s average weekly wage to 70 percent of that wage with a higher maximum threshold, and expands job protection to businesses with 30 employees or more.
On Monday, February 4, Governor Murphy signed A-15/S-15, a landmark piece of legislation gradually increasing New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. Once fully phased in, this long-awaited wage hike will directly benefit an estimated one million or more workers.
Today, Governor Murphy signed into law A-15/S-15, which gradually increases the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024.
“Today is a vision realized for New Jersey’s working poor and the advocates that have fought for years on their behalf” stated New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. Together with our affiliated unions, community partners and labor legislators, workers now have the opportunity to realize a decent standard of living.”
Yesterday two major legislative goals of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and reforming the state’s Paid Family Leave program were passed by both houses of the state legislature.
It was a busy day at the State House today as several pro-labor bills advanced in the legislature. We sincerely thank legislative leaders, sponsors and all the legislators that voted in favor of two long time priorities for the New Jersey State AFL-CIO – raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and reforming the state’s Paid Family Leave program. Complete vote tallys will be distributed tomorrow.
New Jersey State AFL-CIO Statement on Governor Murphy’s Veto of Pro-Worker “Responsible Contractor” Legislation for Pension Investments
Today, Governor Murphy vetoed S-2663 / A-4765 (Sweeney / Singleton / Mazzeo / Murphy), which sought to apply responsible contractor provisions to investments made by the New Jersey State Division of Investments.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is pleased to announce that three members of the New Jersey congressional delegation have introduced bills to prevent government shutdowns and protect federal employees and contractors.
Legislation Raising the Minimum Wage Approved by Two Committees
Bills Concerning Wage Theft, Paid Family Leave Reform and Assistance to Furloughed Workers Also Advance
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO thanks the first prime Sponsor of S-15, Senate President Sweeney (D-3), for his leadership on behalf of the working poor of New Jersey. Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to approve legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. The bill was released mostly along party lines, with Democrats Sarlo (D-36), Cunningham (D-31), Ruiz (D-29), Greenstein (D-14), Beach (D-6), Cruz-Perez (D-5) and Cryan (D-20) voting Yes. Republicans O’Scanlon (R-13), Thompson (R-12) and Oroho (R-24) voted No. Sen. Addiego (R-8) abstained. Sen. Andrzejczak (D-1) was the only Democrat to vote against raising the minimum wage. The bill also cleared the Assembly Appropriations Committee along a party line 7-4 vote.