EAST ORANGE, NJ - Two Essex County cities are raising pay for all their workers to at least $15 an hour, giving further momentum to statewide fight to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage for all.

As state legislators consider gradually raising New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, workers and advocates will laud local leaders in two Essex County municipalities for being leaders in the Fight for $15 by guaranteeing a living wage for their own city employees.

In January, the City of East Orange entered into a contract with public employees represented by the Communication Workers of America (CWA) that guarantees a minimum wage of at least $15 for all city workers. On Monday, the neighboring City of Bloomfield will advance a similar measure.

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Essex County has been a center of activity in the growing Fight for $15 movement. The state’s largest Fight for $15 rally in the state was held in Newark in April 2015, and local freeholders made Essex the first County in the state to endorse a $15 minimum wage in October 2015.

East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor will hold a press conference on Monday March 7th 10:30am at East Orange City Hall, 44 City Hall Plaza, East Orange, NJ. Joining the Mayor will be   Michael Venezia, Mayor of Bloomfield, Bennie Brantley, President, CWA Local 10 and Analilia Mejia, Executive Director, New Jersey Working Families.