New Jersey State AFL-CIO statement on voter approval of Ballot Question 2 and 2013 general election results

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(PR NewsChannel) / November 5, 2013 / TRENTON, N.J. 

Light_Blue_Logo_White_Fill“The clear takeaway from the 2013 election is that working families prevailed. Not only did voters overwhelmingly approve of Ballot Question #2 to raise the state minimum wage and include an annual cost of living adjustment, but voters soundly rejected Governor Christie’s heavily-funded campaign to gain control of the State Legislature,” said New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech. “While the Governor was able to secure his own reelection, his failure to succeed in competitive legislative districts indicates that his bark is bigger than his bite and his ambitions for national office are far from a sure-thing.”

“While the Governor has only a singular victory to celebrate, working families can celebrate the approval of Ballot Question #2 which will provide long-overdue raises to over 400,000 hard working families in New Jersey. This policy will uplift families, boost the local economy, and could not have come at a better time for our state which continues to experience stagnating wages, rising costs, record poverty levels, and unprecedented income inequality,” explained President Wowkanech. “Working families can also celebrate maintaining control of the State Legislature as well as electing ___ rank-and-file union members to public office on November 5th through the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidates program.”

“The New Jersey State AFL-CIO was proud to fight on the front lines of an epic battle to raise the state minimum wage, and did so as a founding partner of the statewide grassroots coalition Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. which united the efforts of 256 labor, community, religious, civil rights, student, progressive, women, and retirees groups as part of the “Raise the Wage” campaign,” stated President Wowkanech. “Raising the minimum wage was an unequivocal victory for the labor movement that will give hard working men and women a financial boost and raise the standard of living for all working families.”

“The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is confident that with a pro-working families State Legislature, an increase in the state’s minimum wage, and ___ labor candidate victories, our mission to advance an agenda that promotes progress, economic fairness, and social justice for all New Jersey families will continue to move forward,” President Wowkanech concluded.

Charles Wowkanech
New Jersey State AFL-CIO
106 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
(609) 989-8730


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