Governor Phil Murphy signs $15 minimum wage into law

Today, Governor Murphy signed into law A-15/S-15, which gradually increases the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. 

A huge win for public and private sector employees alike, we could not be happier to stand with our brother and sister labor unions in New Jersey who fought tirelessly for mor than a year to make sure that a person working 40 hours per week can have the stability of a living wage.

“Together we are making New Jersey a national model for the responsible, progressive economic policies that our country needs,” Murphy said at the bill signing in Elizabeth. “In New Jersey, we have won the fight for 15, but we will never stop fighting for fairness for all of our working families.”

New Jersey is just the fourth state in the union to approve a $15 minimum wage policy, joining other blue states like California, Massachusetts, New York, as well as Washington D.C.

“The minimum wage increase is a huge win for 1.2 million workers in New Jersey. We have started on our way to making our economy stronger and fairer for everyone,” said Steve Tully, executive director of AFSCME New Jersey.

AFSCME NJ believes that everyone working to sustain their community deserves the respect of a living wage, and we are happy to support the Governor as well as the countless elected officials who made this bill a reality for so many New Jerseyans.