Jane Fonda, actress & worker advocate with One Fair Wage, a campaign to raise the minimum wage for all workers by ending the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers (largely impacts women workers) was today’s special guest. This policy briefing was well-sourced, including fair wage advocates like Fonda and Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, who Amy Poehler brought to the Golden Globes this year to draw attention to Jayaraman’s work for better pay and treatment of low-wage women servers. And Rutgers economist Prof. Paula Voos. And CWAs powerhouse Hetty Rosenstein, who pointed out the lesson of Tuesday’s election, that when the Republicans control the federal government, anything that goes wrong is their fault – and here in NJ, Democrats control the legislature and we have “the most progressive governor in the country,” so if we don’t get a $15 minimum wage, we have to hold the Democrats accountable. $15 an hour – and with no carveouts (hey, Sen. Sweeney, talking to you). More on today’s event here – but here’s the important stuff:
Couldn’t be there? Here’s how you can loop in to the action & help power Asw Shavonda Sumter’s bill for $15 minimum wage with no carveouts:
(1) Text – RaiseNJ to 31996 – You’ll start getting action items. I just sent an email to my legislators (Dems Zwicker & Freiman, and Sen. Bateman). Easy.
(2) Lobby Day is December 17 – more on this later.
Photo of Jane Fonda above: Staci Berger