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Advocates, Legislators Work to Raise the Wage in NJ

25 Feb 2016 2:29 PM | Anonymous

On February 25, Senate and Assembly leadership, along with advocates from across New Jersey, including Serena Rice of APN, participated in a roundtable on their efforts to increase the minimum wage from $8.38 to $15 an hour. 

More than 65 organizations - including New Jersey Working Families Alliance, APN, NJEA, and NAACP New Jersey State Conference - have signed on-to a letter (which can be found here) to Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Prieto explaining the importance of reaching a $15 minimum wage by January 2021, and raising the minimum wage of tipped workers. The letter reads:

"The tipped wage is a key women’s economic justice issue. In New Jersey, 70.7% of tipped workers are women, most of them very low-­income and many supporting children. Raising the minimum wage for tipped workers is essential for reducing the gender wage gap."

Want to learn more about this important issue?

New Jersey Policy Perspective and the National Employment Law Project have put together informative fact-sheets on the need for a higher minimum wage:

Fact Sheet

Myth vs. Fact

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