Independent Mayoral Candidate Charlie Kratovil will announce a plan to raise wages for New Brunswick Monday, September 3 1:00pm outside the Rutgers Public Safety Building (intersection of Commercial Avenue and George Street the following is his campaign press statement.
As of July 1, New Brunswick’s city government employed nearly 150 workers at wages of less than $15 per hour. Tomorrow, as we celebrate Labor Day, mayoral candidate Charlie Kratovil will announce his plans to raise their wages in an effort to combat runaway inequality, improve the city’s ability to recruit and retain quality staff, and show solidarity with campaigns to raise the minimum wage for all workers.
Charlie has been a longtime advocate for and supporter of the labor movement, and an ally in the “Fight for $15.” He intends to make New Brunswick’s government a leader when it comes to supporting working people and their families.
Earlier this year, Charlie successfully advocated against the proposed privatization of the New Brunswick’s 9-1-1 dispatchers, and suggested that the city government instead partner with Rutgers University to keep this critical function in the public sector. The city ultimately took Charlie’s advice, the dispatchers became Rutgers employees, and as of August 30, the city’s 9-1-1 calls are now being fielded at the state-of-the-art Rutgers facility located on Commercial Avenue.