Move supported by Bayonne Second Ward Councilman Sal Gullace
(BAYONNE) ä¸€ Following up on her previous calls for action, current Council President and mayoral candidate Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski announced her support for an immediate minimum wage increase for Bayonne municipal employees to $15 per hour.
â€œA $15 minimum wage for Bayonne City employees is a step in the right direction not only for our employees, but for our local economy,â€ said Council President and Mayoral Candidate Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski. â€œCity employees donâ€™t just work in Bayonne, they live here, spend their money here and raise their families here. An investment in them is an investment in the success of our whole community.â€
The Statewide minimum wage in New Jersey is currently $13 per hour for most private and public sector employees. Studies show that reasonable increases to minimum hourly wages increase living standards, employee morale and consumer spending particularly at small businesses. A 2019 New Jersey state law has these employees on a track to reach a $15 minimum wage by 2024 – a timeline that does not match the needs of Bayonne, according to Ashe-Nadrowski.
â€œTwo years is too long for our working families, and too long for our local business community,â€ said Council President and Mayoral Candidate Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski. â€œWhile my calls for this move were met with resistance by the City Administration in the past, I hope we can come together, assist those in need and set an example for what can be done by public employers across the state without a direct cost to taxpayers.â€
Joining in support of Ashe-Nadrowskiâ€™s proposal is current Second Ward Councilman Sal Gullace. â€œOur City employees work hard and their morale is important,â€ Gullance stated. â€œTheyâ€™re part of our team as a City and itâ€™s time that they earn a living wage.â€
Ashe-Nadrowski plans to introduce a Resolution raising the Bayonne City government minimum wage to $15 at the next Bayonne City Council Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 16, 2022