Call NJ Senator Sweeney and Demand Justice for Farmworkers!
New Jersey Farmworkers need your support!
The proposed bill is currently moving quickly through the legislature, and is scheduled to be voted on this Thursday, January 31! It important to take action NOW!
Contact Senate President Steve Sweeney today and tell him to eliminate special circumstances for farmworkers and guarantee them a $15 minimum wage by 2026, no strings attached!
Tell him to
Guarantee Farmworkers a $15 minimum wage by 2026 along with seasonal workers and small business employees
Contact Information: Senator Stephen M. Sweeney West Deptford Office: 856-251-9801 Salem Office: 856-339-0808
This proposal (A-15) raises many workers to $15/hour by 2024, but it still creates multiple classes of work and wages. Farmworkers are only guaranteed a minimum wage of $12.50/hour by 2024, but after that, the proposal allows for a small committee to pause the increases if “necessary,” potentially excluding farmworkers from a $15 minimum wage. Seasonal and small business employees get to $15/hour in 2029 and tipped workers are capped at $5.13 by 2024.
We want to support this proposed bill because we know that New Jersey workers need at least a $15 minimum wage. However, it is disappointing that there are workers who will have to wait more than 5 years to get to a $15 minimum wage and that farmworkers, a critical workforce in this state, are not even guaranteed a $15 minimum wage. This proposal, while beneficial to most of New Jersey’s workforce, specifically carves out farmworkers to a greater extent and allows for the potential creation of a subclass of workers.