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CIANJ President Talks Minimum Wage & Paid Sick Leave

If everyone in New Jersey’s paychecks suddenly doubled, there likely wouldn’t be a single worker complaining about it. Of course, many workers feel they do not receive fair compensation; in particular, when it comes to minimum wage, the pay scales weigh in favor of the businesses. But what is there to do about it?

State governments do raise minimum wages to assist hard-working families, but there may be a better method out there. In fact, the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey wants to educate the masses about fixed minimum wages; and how they impact businesses and their employees.

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During this segment of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato, President of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, Anthony Russo, visited the set to talk with show host Steve Adubato, PhD. The majority of the conversation focused on the larger issues facing New Jersey businesses, including minimum wage and paid sick leave.

The CIANJ is a distinguished general business advocacy group, approaching a near century of operation in the Garden State. The organization has a longstanding history in Bergen County, but its reach has grown considerably over the years.

Thanks to New Jersey Resources for making this video possible.

“We actually started out as the Bergen County Chamber of Commerce and kind of morphed into the statewide association that we are now, with offices in Paramus and Trenton,” says Russo.

In respect to the argument of minimum wage, a large number of individuals from New Jersey and the surrounding areas have strong opinions about whether or not workers should be compensated $15 or more per hour for their labor. For example, politicians including the governor of New York believe minimum wage should be no lower than $15 an hour, Adubato explained.

The CIANJ is not excluded from this argument, and the company’s stance is well-founded and unwavering; citing fundamental reasoning regarding the diligent businesspeople and laborers of the state. Want to hear the organization’s position on minimum wage, as well as its stance on paid sick leave? Then check out this episode of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato.

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