TRENTON – Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. (WFUNJ) was honored by the New Jersey State Senate today with a ceremonial resolution, commending the coalition for leading a statewide grassroots education campaign to raise the minimum wage in New Jersey from $7.25 to $8.25 per hour plus an annual cost of living adjustment.
“Over 400,000 workers in New Jersey, who struggle to make ends meet, got a raise this year as a result of the minimum wage increase, which was approved by voters with overwhelming support. This measure will benefit thousands of parents and their children and is one of the most consequential policies to uplift our state’s working families in years,” stated WFUNJ Trustee Laurel Brennan. “To be recognized by the New Jersey State Senate for leading the grassroots movement for this historic campaign is an honor of the highest degree.”
“This ceremonial resolution is a testament to the tireless efforts of our many coalition partners and volunteers, who worked day and night to educate the public about how raising the minimum wage benefits our communities,” stated WFUNJ Chair Charles Hall, Jr. “Without the combined efforts of coalition members and the legislative leaders who placed the minimum wage question on the ballot, this historic campaign would not have been possible.”
“As our state’s largest non-partisan grassroots coalition, Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. looks forward to continuing to dedicate our efforts to a wide variety of policy initiatives impacting New Jersey’s working families,” stated WFUNJ Executive Director Edward Correa. “Presently we are ramping up efforts as part of a statewide education campaign for earned sick leave. Our coalition is also coordinating a robust campaign to help hundreds of eligible New Americans in New Jersey become U.S. citizens and participate in the democratic process.”
WFUNJ is a non-partisan 501(c)(4) statewide grassroots coalition, comprised of over 256 progressive, labor, religious, community, civil rights, student, women, and retirees groups, working together to build grassroots power and to educate and mobilize around the common issues that affect our state’s families.