A-15

“Raises minimum wage rate to $10.10, makes further increases over a four-year period, and maintains annual cost of living increases.”

NJEA supports A-15 (Prieto, Wisniewski, Schaer, Tucker) Under this bill, New Jersey’s hourly minimum wage rate would increase to $10.10 and then make further increases over a four-year period, and maintains annual cost of living increases. 

Too many people in New Jersey work hard, but can’t earn enough to meet the basics, much less sustain a family. Someone working full-time on the minimum wage makes just over $17,400 per year. To cover the costs of essentials like food, clothes, and shelter, they would need to make one and a half times that.

Research examining hundreds of case studies of minimum wage jobs at the state and local levels finds that raising the minimum wage boosts incomes for low-paid workers without reducing overall employment or job growth to any significant degree.  The minority of researchers reaching different conclusions rely on less precise or flawed methodologies that fail to take advantage of the most recent advancements in economic research.

Finally, it is our hope that minimum wage workers will see the benefits of Unionism and of collective negotiations and join a Union which in almost all cases, negotiates salaries and benefits well above minimum wage. 

NJEA urges your support of A-15.