Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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Raise the Wage Campaign

Author Avianca Bouchedid, Written Sep 11, 2013

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Working Families United for New Jersey’s “Raise the Wage” Campaign

  • On the November 5th ballot, New Jersey residents have the ability to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour (among the lowest in the nation) to $8.25 an hour and allow for an annual cost-of-living adjustment. This is vitally important because the last time the legislature authorized a minimum wage increase was 2005. Passage of this ballot measure means the wage will increase on an annual basis.
  • These are the workers we rely on to care for our elderly, pump our gas and bag our groceries.
  • There are more than 400,000 workers that will be directly and indirectly affected by this wage increase. Of those workers, 250,000 are women and 179,000 are men. 212,000 are parents and 37,000 are raising a child alone.
  • The majority of workers impacted are people of color – 154,000 Hispanics, 69,000 African-Americans and 31,000 Asian.
  • Low wage workers are most likely to immediately spend the additional money on groceries, rent and other basic necessities, creating a Gross Domestic Product increase of $174.8 million in 2014.
  • The wage increase will put $276 million into New Jersey’s economy.
  • A full-time worker earning the minimum wage would see their pay increase nearly $2,000.
  • We have been hosting press events, community roundtables, voter registration drives and house parties all over the state.
  • We have a robust social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.
  • There is broad public support for this effort. Our challenge is ensuring that people a) know there is a ballot question, b) go to the polls and c) stay in the booth long enough to vote YES on Question #2.
  • Join over 250 religious, civic, progressive, student, labor and community organizations dedicated to ensuring that the ballot question passes on November 5. Please vote yes and encourage your friends, relatives, and family members to support it.
  • Find out more at

Paid for by Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. “Raise the Wage” 106 W. State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608, and not made with the cooperation or prior consent of, or in consultation with, or at the request or suggestion of any candidate or committee.