Victory for workers: Connecticut passes legislation raising state’s minimum wage to $15

Connecticut now joins New Jersey, Illinois and Maryland by passing a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023.

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With a movement that is growing, Connecticut became the fourth state in 2019 to take action and raise the minimum wage. Connecticut now joins New Jersey, Illinois and Maryland by passing a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023.

Signed into law last Tuesday by Gov. Ned Lamont, about “a third of the country’s workforce now lives in a state with that wage floor, “according to the National Employment Law Project, as six states have now raised their minimum wages (California, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York).

With movements such as Fight for 15 and other allied organizations making it clear that residents of Connecticut will use their vote to get the legislation passed, lawmakers who campaign on the issue gained six seats in the state’s Senate as well as several seats in the House. And the vote passed.

“It’s a movement that is growing and growing,” Juan Hernandez, vice president of 32BJ SEIU in Connecticut, said.

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