The West New York Board of Commissioners have adopted an ordinance raising the minimum wage for municipal employees to at least $15 per hour. According to the ordinance, all employees will have a minimum wage of $15 per hour except for seasonal part-time positions.
The ordinance also amends a number of salary ranges as well as adding new employment titles and salary ranges. The salary ranges of the remaining employment titles shall remain unchanged.
For a full breakdown of which positions received raises and which salary ranges increased, read past reporting by the Hudson Reporter or read the ordinance online on the town’s website. The ordinance will go into effect on Jan. 2022.
The measure is designed to support working families who help make local government run efficiently and deliver important services to residents, officials said. The mayor and commissioners touted the move as a continuation of their advocacy for higher wages and fair treatment of employees.
‘Good for the town’
Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez said the move would help the local economy.
“The Commissioners and I are proud to take this important step that puts West New York on the forefront of ensuring that our employees earn a living wage and are able to take care of their families in the same way that they take care of our community every day,” said Rodriguez. “With so many of our employees being West New York residents, we believe that this measure will have a positive impact on our local economy and that it will also benefit taxpayers by helping us recruit and retain high quality employees who will deliver services effectively and efficiently.”
West New York’s minimum wage for municipal employees is now above the state’s current $12 minimum wage. The ordinance put the town ahead of the state, which is set to increase the minimum wage each year until reaching $15 by 2024 per a law signed by Governor Phil Murphy.
Revenue and Finance Commissioner Margarita Guzman said it would help many struggling amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“With so many families struggling with the ongoing pandemic, we want to take whatever action we can to help people make ends meet and put food on the table,” said Guzman. “This new $15 minimum wage plan is a reflection of our values and a signal that West New York will always stand up for working and middle class families.”
The board voted unanimously to adopt the ordinance at its Dec. 15 meeting.
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