June marks the 100 year anniversary of the first minimum wage law passed in the United States. And, while there is nothing new about low-wage work — we should take this occasion to recognize an even more dispiriting fact about the low-wage workforce: It could have been a thing of the past.
UNION COUNTY – In the area’s most closely watched contest, two Newark city councilmen, a state senator and the mayor of Irvington will face off in today’s Democratic Primary to determine the party’s nominee replace the late U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, who died in March. In Union County, the four contenders will be bracketed together in an open primary.
METUCHEN – Tonight, the planet Venus will appear to pass directly in front of the sun. The “Venus transit” will not happen again for more than 100 years. (The next one will take place on Dec. 11, 2117.)
TRENTON – Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno today announced a new telephone hotline dedicated to supporting New Jersey’s emergency volunteer effort.
TRENTON – The Senate Higher Education Committee today approved a bill sponsored by state Sen. Joseph F. Vitale that would encourage graduates of New Jersey state colleges or universities to enter fields that are facing labor shortages.
On Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans chose their parties’ nominees for a variety of local offices, Congress, and the U.S. Senate, as well as delegates for this summer’s Presidential nominating conventions.
PERTH AMBOY — The Jewish Renaissance Foundation (JRF), in collaboration with the City of Perth Amboy, will serve as a central collection point for monetary donations for the victims of the Cortlandt Street Fire.
ELIZABETH — Over the weekend the Union County Homicide Task Force charged an Elizabeth man with the death of a 92-year-old woman, Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.
STATE — The indictment of Elizabeth School Board President Marie Munn on charges of theft by deception and tampering with public records related to a free lunch scandal could give Republican lawmakers the issue they need to unravel the state’s school aid formula.