Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise signed an executive order raising the minimum wage to $15 for all non-union county government employees earlier today.
“We applaud Governor Murphy’s call for a statewide $15 an hour minimum wage as part of a proposal to help New Jersey’s economy grow stronger and fairer,” DeGise said in a video released by the county government.
“But it was clear that we needed to do a little more than applaud to move this issue forward. Today, the administration in Washington helps those at the top who often extort their wealth, rather than help those at the bottom – who spend their money right here in our country and our community.”
The executive order is effective as of November 1st and also notes that county counsel will begin negotiating with union representatives for county workers to ensure they still receive a fair wage.
According to DeGise’s office, the executive order impacts about 100 employees, mostly clerical and custodial, with some public safety officer candidates as well.
Furthermore, Murphy already commended DeGise on the local legislation on Twitter.
Thrilled that @TomDeGise is raising the minimum wage to $15/hour for non-union Hudson County employees.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) October 25, 2018