The Assembly Labor Committee advanced three bills on Thursday that would help strengthen New Jersey’s working families.
The bill, A-15, gradually raises New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, giving low-wage workers a much needed raise in this high-cost state. A $15 phased-in minimum wage would give workers a fighting chance to make ends meet, and help ensure that all work is dignified.
The party line vote to advance the bills was 6-3. Democrats Joseph Egan (D-17), Shavonda Sumter (D-35), Craig Coughlin (D-19), Annette Quijano (D-20), Arthur Barclay (D-5) and Angela McKnight (D-31) voted yes. Republicans Ronald Dancer (D-12), Parker Space (D-24) and Jay Webber (D-26) voted no.Read more
The next two legislative session days are important to working families, as bills on the minimum wage, prevailing wages and pension funding are scheduled to be considered. Please join us in Trenton to show your support for these significant pieces of legislation that will benefit our union brothers and sisters and working people throughout the state.
This Thursday, May 19, at 10:00 a.m. in the Statehouse Annex, Committee Room 15, the Assembly Labor Committee will consider a bill (A-15) to gradually raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, giving low-wage workers a much needed raise in this high-cost state.Read more
Public hearings on ballot questions to dedicate additional funds to meet our transportation needs, fully fund pensions and expand casino gaming were held on Thursday, and the full Senate was in session for floor votes in the afternoon. Here is a rundown of the day’s legislative activity:
Motor Fuel Tax Dedication (ACR-1). The Assembly Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on this resolution, sponsored by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, to amend the constitution to dedicate more money to the Transportation Trust Fund without raising the 10.5-cent gas tax or the 13.5-cent tax on diesel fuels. The amendment asks voters to dedicate all revenues from the motor fuels and petroleum products gross receipts tax to fund the state’s transportation needs. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO supported the resolution in committee.Read more
Statewide Earned Sick Leave Passed by Senate, Resolution to Fund Pensions Advanced by Assembly Committee
The New Jersey Senate and Assembly were in session on Thursday afternoon following committee meetings earlier in the day. Here is a summary of the day’s legislative action:
Statewide Earned Sick Leave (S-785/A-4103). The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its coalition partner, Working Families United for New Jersey (WFUNJ), have been leading the campaign for statewide earned sick leave legislation that would benefit all workers.
The bill allows workers to earn sick time for hours worked, and is a common-sense measure that is good for workers, good for public health and good for business. After all, who wants a sick employee preparing our food in a restaurant, handing us change in a store or fearing being fired for staying home to care for a sick child?
The Senate vote was 22 to 17. To see how your senator voted, CLICK HERE.
A similar bill is making its way through the Assembly.Read more