WHY WE’RE FIGHTING FOR $15
Underpaid and stretched to the limit, more than 1 in 4 workers across our state make less than $15 an hour. A full-time worker in New Jersey earning the current minimum wage of $8.60 an hour makes only $17,888 a year. In order for a single worker to survive in New Jersey, they must earn an estimated $39,393 a year.
We’re fighting for a statewide $15 minimum wage for all workers will lift up the lives over 1 million New Jersey workers and their families, and bring them to an adequate standard of living.
THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL PLATFORM ON $15
In 2016, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) approved a platform which included a recommendation to raise the Federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. This recommendation extended to all workers, included tipped workers and people with disabilities.
“WE SHOULD RAISE THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE TO $15 AN HOUR OVER TIME AND INDEX IT, GIVE ALL AMERICANS THE ABILITY TO JOIN A UNION REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY WORK, … WE ALSO SUPPORT CREATING ONE FAIR WAGE FOR ALL WORKERS BY ENDING THE SUB-MINIMUM WAGE FOR TIPPED WORKERS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.”
-Excerpt from the 2016 National Democratic Platform
RAISE $15 FOR ALL WORKERS
New Jersey must enact an exemption-free minimum wage increase to $15 an hour in order to give the workers and their families a chance to live in one of the country’s most expensive states.
Leaving any worker behind would create a new class of subminimum wage jobs and would perpetuate inequities felt primarily by women, people of color, and low income families.