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Urge Your State Senator to Support Increasing the Minimum Wage

Raise_NJs_Minimum_Wage.jpgCLICK HERE to send a pre-written message urging your state senator to support SCR-1 to raise the minimum wage.

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its community allies consider raising the minimum wage and including a cost of living adjustment (COLA) to be a top priority for our state. In order to provide economic stability to low-income workers, New Jersey needs a permanent fix for calculating its minimum wage, and that means establishing an annual COLA. Unfortunately, last week Governor Christie conditionally vetoed legislation seeking to increase the minimum wage and eliminated the COLA. For this reason, the only way to achieve passage in 2013 is by placing it on the ballot for voter approval.

A Constitutional Amendment (SCR-1) to achieve this has been posted for consideration by the State Senate for this Thursday, February 7, 2103. The resolution needs to pass both houses of the legislature two years in a row in order to appear on the ballot.

CLICK HERE to send a pre-written message urging your state senator to support SCR-1 to raise the minimum wage.

The same resolution passed both house of the legislature last year mostly along party lines by a vote of 23-16, with all Democrats present voting yes (except Sen. Jeff Van Drew, who voted no) and all Republicans voting no. New Jersey’s growing poverty statistics are startling and raising the minimum wage would be a strong first step toward addressing this problem.

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