NEW JERSEY — It is nice when someone calls you a “hero.” But that does not put food on the table for your family, these New Jersey advocates say.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, elected officials and workplaces in the Garden State held parade after parade for front-line and other essential workers, often centering their campaigns on a single word: “hero.”

But now it is time for them to put their money where their mouths are, according to a coalition of social justice and labor advocates.

Earlier this week, dozens of New Jersey essential workers and representatives from several unions and pro-worker organizations paid a visit to Trenton to deliver a letter to state legislators, demanding “hazard pay” for essential employees across the state. Read their full statement here.

Signers to the letter included NJ State AFL-CIO, RWDSU Local 108, UFCW Local 360, UFCW Local 1262, UFCW Local 464A, ATU, JNESO, SEIU 32BJ, NJ State Council, Make the Road New Jersey, New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP), Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE), New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice (NJAIJ), New Jersey Working Families Party and NJ Work Environment Council.

Read the whole article here: Essential Workers Deserve Hazard Pay – And NJ Has The Cash: Advocates