Press Release: Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. Holds “Raise the Wage” Roundtable in Newark

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
CONTACT: Paul Penna (609) 989-8289

Press Release:

Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. Holds “Raise the Wage” Roundtable in Newark

Newark – Today at St. Lucy’s Church, Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. (WFUNJ) “Raise the Wage” Campaign held a roundtable with Newark City Councilman Anibal Ramos, Councilman Carlos M. Gonzalez and several community and labor leaders to discuss raising the minimum wage in New Jersey.

“These ‘Raise the Wage’ community roundtables provide an important means to help spread the message,” said Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. Chairman Charles N. Hall, Jr. “This campaign is going to be won on the grassroots level, and as we continue to travel around the state, we are confident that voters will support this ballot measure this November 5th.”

“Increasing the state’s minimum wage will help raise families out of poverty,” Ramos said. “In Newark, we have many single parents and working class families who will benefit if this referendum passes. Newark residents who earn the minimum wage will have more revenue to spend on necessities such as food, clothing, and housing and they will put their additional earnings directly back into the economy.”

The minimum wage question will appear on the general election ballot November 5, 2013. The voters will have the opportunity to decide whether to increase New Jersey’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 and provide an annual cost-of-living adjustment.

Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc.’s “Raise the Wage” campaign has 235 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) 989-8289 or via email at ppenna@wfunj.org .

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