Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto on Monday joined advocate to promote a comprehensive working families economic agenda.
The Speaker joined the Raise New Jersey Coalition, a campaign coordinated by New Jersey Working Families Alliance, experts and workers to call for action on a comprehensive working families economic policy agenda that includes raising the minimum wage and fighting wage theft and circumventing gubernatorial vetoes if necessary. Policy recommendations supported by the coalition include the current proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour as well as a coordinated effort to fight wage theft, pay inequality, and unfair scheduling practices.
“An economic agenda for New Jersey’s working families is a must, especially amid the startling rise in poverty in this state,” said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). “That’s why I’ve made combating the plague of poverty a top priority, including phasing up the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, which will be heard Thursday by the Assembly Labor Committee. But that is just one part of a wider agenda needed to ensure fair labor practices and economic equality. We have more work to do.”