Trenton, NJ—Today, Governor Murphy signed into law A-15/S-15, which gradually increases the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech issued the following statement in response:
“Today is a vision realized for New Jersey’s working poor and the advocates that have fought for years on their behalf. Workers now have the opportunity to realize a decent standard of living.
“Progressive initiatives such as raising the minimum wage have been a long-time priority for the New Jersey State AFL-CIO. Today, we couldn’t be more proud of Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney and Speaker Coughlin, organized labor and progressive activists for their persistence and dedication.
“The New Jersey State AFL-CIO thanks its affiliated unions, the legislators that voted in favor of this policy, labor candidates and coalition partners at We Are One, Inc. for spearheading the fight for the $15 an hour minimum wage. Without their advocacy, we would not have achieved this victory for the working poor of New Jersey.”