The Jersey City Board of Education has raised the minimum to $17 an hour for all district employees, effective as of January 1st, Board President Mussab Ali announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“In a place like Jersey City, we can longer afford to pay our employees anything less than a living wage,” Ali said in a statement.
“Throughout this pandemic, we have called our frontline workers heroes and now it’s time to put our money where our mouth is and invest in their well being. People should be able to afford a roof over their heads and food on their tables.”
Throughout the nation, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused essential low-wage workers to suffer financially.
The minimum wage increase will impact nearly 2,200 Jersey City School District employees and Ali says this was made possible by passing a fully funded $813 million budget back in May, the same reason he gave for increasing teachers minimum salaries to $61,000 at the end of November.
“I would like to the Board President Mussab Ali and the board members for raising the minimum salaries of the AFSCME Local 2262 members to $17 per hour. He championed this while still engaging with the union leadership for a successor contract. The union leadership wishes him all the best in the future,” added AFSCME Local 2262 President Frank Zahlten.
The city announced that they would be implementing a $17 an hour minimum wage earlier this year, effective at the end of August.