Hudson County Community College Follows Lead of County Executive on $15 Minimum Wage
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November 20, 2018, Jersey City, NJ -
Hudson County Community College (HCCC) President Chris Reber said
Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise took bold and welcomed action in
issuing an Executive Order granting a $15 per hour minimum wage for
all non-union County employees, and that the College has taken
steps to follow the County Executive's lead.
Dr. Reber noted that in the Executive Order, Mr. DeGise stated it is the role of County
government to provide assistance in a manner that is both
responsible and humane, and to ensure that its workers are paid a
HCCC has adopted a resolution to pay
all non-union employees - including part-time staff - the $15 per
hour minimum pay.
"County Executive Tom DeGise has led
on this issue for many years. Our Board Chair William
Netchert, the Board of Trustees and I share the County Executive's
view, and we are taking action on this issue," Dr. Reber
stated. "Since I arrived at HCCC, I have been struck by
the dedication and commitment of our faculty and
staff. This resolution will benefit our employees and
their families, and the increase will not impact the tuition paid
by our students."
HCCC Board Chair Netchert said, "The
County Executive has long advocated a living wage. The HCCC
resolution is the right thing to do as it demonstrates our
commitment to those who serve our students and our community and
shows that by working together we can all benefit."
The HCCC Board of Trustees approved
implementing the wage increase resolution at its November
20th meeting. The increase, which will be
retroactive to November 1, 2018, will impact 199 non-union,
part-time HCCC employees at an additional cost to the College of
$476,000 a year.
"I am pleased to see that the Community College has made this
choice," said County Executive Tom DeGise. "President Reber and
Chairman Netchert and the Board have shown that you can maintain
high standards, operate within a
budget and treat your employees fairly. It is
also an implicit lesson for their students about the values we
stand for as a county."