One of New Jersey’s most politically influential labor unions, SEUI 32BJ, endorsed Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop for a third term.
“Mayor Fulop understands that service workers are the backbone of Jersey City,” said Kevin Brown, the SEIU 32BJ vice president and state director. “As Mayor, he works tirelessly and diligently to protect and uplift working families. He has always been there for us and we are confident he will continue to champion the issues and causes important to all service workers.”
As mayor of the state’s second largest city, Fulop pushed for a $15 minimum wage and increased the minimum wage for city employees to $17-per-hour.
“Mayor Fulop’s heart is with New Jersey’s working people, and it shows in his policies and practices,” Brown said.
The union praised Fulop for supporting fair pay and safer working conditions, and for his decision to end tax abatements for four buildings after the city determined that the developer of The Beacon Community did not provide paid leave and benefits or equitable working conditions for their employees.
“Working families are integral to the foundation of our city, and as Mayor I am committed to protecting workers’ right to unionize, to prioritizing labor rights in all aspects of city government and to adding my voice to the fight for higher wages, stronger benefits and fairer working conditions,” Fulop said. “Service workers have been some of those hit hardest by COVID-19, and now more than ever we must stand up for those members of our community whose work is so important, and who are so often overlooked. I look forward to working with SEIU 32BJ to keep fighting for all of Jersey City.”