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Worcester Business Journal: 662,000 Mass. workers to receive pay bump next week

By State House News Service
Worcester Business Journal, Dec 26, 2018

Fifteen percent of working parents in Massachusetts and 19 percent of children in the state will be affected by the $1 minimum wage increase that takes effect next week, according to a new analysis. The Jan. 1, 2019 hike from $11 hourly to $12, part of a multi-year phased-in increase to $15 an hour, will benefit 662,000 workers, for a total wage increase of $817.5 million, according to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. ...

Boston Globe: Some employers are raising the minimum wage to $15 — four years early

By Katie Johnston
Boston Globe, Dec 26, 2018

At Salon Herdis in Northampton, the employees are getting a special New Year’s bonus: a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour, up from $11. ...

Massachusetts is one of 20 states raising its minimum wage Jan. 1. At $12, it will be the highest in the nation, along with California’s and Washington state’s. In Massachusetts, the minimum will go up gradually every year until it hits $15 in 2023. Meantime, the federal minimum, still in place in 21 states, remains at $7.25.

Springfield Republican: Minimum wage will rise to $12 an hour in Massachusetts on Jan. 1

By Shira Schoenberg
Springfield Republican/, Dec. 24, 2018

The minimum wage in Massachusetts will increase to $12 an hour on Jan. 1. ... Gov. Charlie Baker in June signed the so-called “grand bargain,” a bill prompted by several proposed ballot questions that will gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, phase out Sunday premium pay, establish a paid family and medical leave program and implement a permanent sales tax holiday one weekend a year. ...

Daily Record: Phil Murphy talks business, $15 minimum wage in Parsippany

By William Westhoven
Daily Record (NJ), Dec. 12, 2018

As the Legislature debates a proposal to slowly raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour, Gov. Phil Murphy toured a local business that says starting employees at $17 per hour is a big part of their 30-year history of success.

"If people are going to show up, and be productive, and be committed and really deliver the highest-quality products, you need to make sure to pay a living wage," said Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, CEO of Earth Friendly Products.

ROI-NJ: Earth Friendly Products’ CEO makes case for $15 wage

ROI-NJ, Dec 12, 2018

Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks doesn’t need to be convinced about the benefits of a $15 minimum wage for one simple reason: She pays more.

And she said she sees the benefits.

Vlahakis-Hanks, the CEO and president of Earth Friendly Products, a manufacturer that makes more than 200 green cleaning products at its Parsippany plant, said the company’s investment in its employees has been fundamental to its success for more than three decades.

TAPinto: Parsippany Mayor joins NJ Gov. Phil Murphy in the fight to raise the state's minimum wage to $15

TAPinto, December 12, 2018

PARSIPPANY, NJ - Mayor Michael Soriano joined Governor Murphy at Parsippany Based, Earth Friendly Products to express their support for a $15 minimum wage.  Earth Friendly Products has offered $17/hour as a minimum wage at their company for all employees since 2014.  The company was used as an example for how all business should be run. ...

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NJ Spotlight: Murphy, top Dems to talk tomorrow on new $15 minimum wage proposal

By John Reitmeyer
NJ Spotlight, Dec 12, 2018

Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic leaders remain divided over key issues, including the number of workers who’d have to wait longer for the increase ...

The bill put forward by [Assembly Speaker Craig] Coughlin last week would also bring the minimum wage gradually to $15, with an initial hike to $9.50 on July 1, 2019. The rate would then go up to $11 on January 1, 2020 and be increased by $1.15 each subsequent year until it reached $15 in 2024.

NJBIZ: Murphy confident of 'common ground' in minimum wage talks

By Daniel J. Munoz
NJBIZ, Dec. 12, 2018

Gov. Phil Murphy said he's “open-minded” and confident about finding “common ground” as he and lawmakers hash out a bill that would raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Speaking Tuesday after a tour of the Earth Friendly Products factory in Parsippany, Murphy decried several aspects of a bill Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-19th District, put on the table last week to raise the minimum wage. ...

WCBS News Radio: Murphy Wants Quicker Minimum Wage Increase For All Workers

WCBS News Radio 880, Dec 11, 2018

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (WCBS 880) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday continued to push to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The Democratic governor addressed the bill introduced by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, saying he does not support the length of time needed to increase New Jersey’s minimum. ...

The governor made his comments while touring Earth Friendly Products, an environmentally friendly cleaning products company with a plant in Parsippany.

The company pays its workers $17 an hour.

New Jersey 101.5: Crucial two days ahead in NJ for $15 minimum wage debate

By Michael Symons
New Jersey 101.5, December 11, 2018. Also WPG 104.1, WOBM 92.7

A crucial two days are ahead in the debate over raising New Jersey minimum wage to $15 an hour... Staffers for Gov. Phil Murphy and the Legislature’s top two Democrats are set to meet Wednesday. Then on Thursday, Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin plan to hold their first meeting in over two months.

Nation's Restaurant News: Minimum wage set to rise in more than 20 states

By Ron Ruggless
Nation's Restaurant News, Nov 20, 2018

More than 20 states and a number of municipalities will be increasing the minimum wage just before or on New Year’s Day 2019, including recent statewide increases approved by voters in Arkansas and Missouri. Voters in both states turned out Nov. 6 in record numbers to raise the minimum wage, and other states have already approved graduated increases scheduled to go into effect with the turn of the calendar year. ...

Some commerce groups, such as Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, supported raising the minimum wages in November’s Arkansas and Missouri initiatives.