States and municipalities across the country are taking direct action to raise wages. With the cost of living rising and a federal minimum wage stuck at $7.25 per hour since 2009, workers are finding it harder than ever to make ends meet. Many workers balance two or three jobs and still struggle with poverty, while the largest businesses continue to reap billions of dollars in profit.
Given the ongoing imbalance between work and reward, the labor movement is committed to keeping the campaign to raise wages going. Thanks to labor’s efforts, this year alone will see the minimum wage increase in 21 states and 22 cities which you can read more about HERE. Even with a Trump administration, we have the power to further this progress.
In New Jersey, the Christie administration has failed workers with his strident opposition to increasing the minimum wage and his veto of a policy that would have raised the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, increasing incrementally to $15 per hour over five years.
However, thanks to our grassroots efforts, New Jersey voters approved a ballot question in 2013 that raised the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 per hour and included an annual cost of living adjustment. As we head into 2017, New Jersey’s minimum wage will increase from $8.38 to $8.44 per hour, but this is still not nearly enough in our high cost state.
New Jersey is poised to elect a new governor this year, and the New Jersey State AFL-CIO will continue to fight for wages that lift workers out of poverty and provide real opportunity for advancement. As always, we thank you for your critical support in this mission.