Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. Hosts Statewide “Raise the Wage” Kick-Off Event

Today, Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. kicked-off a “Raise the Wage” campaign to win voter approval of the November ballot question which would raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $8.25 per hour and include a cost of living adjustment. Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. has partnered with the New Jersey State Conference of the NAACP, Latinas United for Political Empowerment (LUPE) and the New Jersey State AFL-CIO to lead the “Raise the Wage” campaign.

Today’s meeting demonstrated an incredible level of support to raise the minimum wage. We were honored to be joined by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, who we commend for their ongoing leadership to achieve a fair and stable minimum wage, as well as a diverse range of over 150 progressive organizations representing New Jersey’s Latino, African American, Asian, labor, religious, student, women, civic, community, anti-poverty, and retiree populations.

Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. Chair Charles Hall stated, “Raising the minimum wage offers an opportunity for our state to come together on behalf of low income workers.” He added, “Fixing the state’s minimum wage offers solutions to a range of challenges that we can all agree need to be addressed, such as rising poverty levels, growing income inequality, and heightened barriers to climbing the ladder of opportunity in New Jersey.”

Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. looks forward to working collaboratively with New Jersey’s progressive community partners on our non partisan “Raise the Wage’ campaign in the coming months and giving New Jersey families the opportunity to vote themselves a long-overdue raise this November.

If your organization would like to join the non-partisan “Raise the Wage” campaign or if you have any questions, please contact Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. Community Outreach Coordinator Alex Gomez at (609) 414- 6566 or via email at

New Jersey’s working families need a raise and this November we will vote for one.

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