WFUNJ Kicks-Off “Raise the Wage” Campaign

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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Press Release:

Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. Kicks-Off “Raise the Wage” Campaign 

Trenton – Today, Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. “Raise the Wage” campaign was joined by State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, New Jersey Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver and Newark Mayor Cory Booker. The trio headlined two kick-off events in East Orange and Bridgeton as part of its ongoing efforts to pass a minimum wage increase this November. Senator Barbara Buono participated in the East Orange event.

“We know that a raise to minimum wage increase with an annual cost of living adjustment will serve as a real economic stimulus” said Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. Chair Charles N. Hall, Jr. “This November, we as a state have a great chance to vote ourselves a much needed raise.” 

“Currently, New Jersey’s minimum wage is one of the lowest in the country, New Jersey as a state hasn’t increased the minimum wage since 2005.” stated Senate President Sweeney. “This ballot initiative would improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of working families by providing them with a chance to earn a living.”

“We know that the minimum wage mostly affects single mothers” said Speaker Oliver. “$7.25 an hour is not enough for them to support their families. An extra dollar an hour would mean not having to choose between money for the rent or a gallon of milk.”

“It is a moral imperative that New Jersey’s minimum wage is increased and has an annual cost-of-living adjustment.” Newark Mayor Cory Booker said. “It is simply the right thing to do, and it will deliver benefits across our economy. More money in the pockets of working families and young New Jerseyans means more dollars being spent in our stores and restaurants and ultimately that means more hiring.” 

"For the parent working two jobs in order to provide a better life for their child, raising the minimum wage isn't a luxury - it's vital," said Senator Barbara Buono, the Democratic nominee for Governor. "It's our obligation as elected officials to ensure that working families earn enough to give their children an opportunity at the American dream. Raising the minimum wage is an important step to do just that." 

Today’s events served as part of an ongoing education effort to inform voters about the ballot initiative and the benefits it would give New Jersey’s working families. The “Raise the Wage” campaign, working with our growing coalition will sponsor several different events to educate the public on the minimum wage increase ballot question.

Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc.’s “Raise the Wage” campaign has 227 member organizations, comprised of labor, religious, community, civil rights, student, women, and retirees groups  dedicated to ensuring that New Jersey’s minimum wage ballot initiative passes on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. For more information on the campaign or any of its ongoing efforts, contact “Raise the Wage” Campaign Manager Paul Penna at (609) 898-8289 or via email at .



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