Jersey City will become the first municipality in New Jersey to raise its local minimum wage for city employees to $15 per hour.
Mayor Steven Fulop announced the move Monday after signing an executive order that will raise the wage for all full-time employees, effective immediately. Fulop says the wage hike has already been accounted for in the city’s latest budget.
“Last November, I stood with the brave organizers of the Fight for $15 right here in Jersey City and spoke about how important it was that we bring relief to New Jersey’s working families,” Fulop said. “After months of planning, I am proud to say that today we’re actually following through on that commitment. Not only is this the right thing for Jersey City, but it’s my hope that our actions today will help move Trenton towards providing all New Jerseyans a living wage.”
Jersey City’s action comes as state Democrats in Trenton are currently rallying support for a new measure to gradually hike the statewide minimum wage to $15 per hour.
New Jersey’s current statewide minimum wage, set at $8.38 per hour, and all future increases and decreases were constitutionally tied to the consumer price index through a voter referendum passed in 2013.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has also expressed his support for the “Fight for $15” movement.
Fulop’s executive order will not impact the $9 per hour rate offered to summer interns under 18 years of age.