Cooper Hospital to increase minimum wage in 2019

David Madden
November 14, 2018 - 7:41 am
Cooper University Hospital

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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The new year will bring a new minimum wage for hundreds of workers at Camden County’s largest employer. 

Cooper University Health Care is taking its minimum wage to $15 an hour, affecting 10 percent of the company’s 7,500-member workforce. Chairman George Norcross recognizes efforts to make that the legal minimum, but he said "legislation needed at the state and federal level was taking far too long to be enacted, and one of the advantages to being in the private sector is, assuming you have consensus or authority, you can act."

The change will cover many workers in patient services, food and nutrition as well as critical care technicians, which will take their annual salaries to over $31,000.

"We have a responsibility not only in our institution but as a country and a state to enable those that are not succeeding at the levels many are to provide a helping hand to allow them to provide for their families and themselves in a proper way," Norcross added.

He also wrote to his counterparts at other health care systems in the region, urging them to make a similar pay adjustment for their staffs. 

New Jersey is working on a $15 minimum wage plan in the state, and Norcross’s brother, Congressman Donald Norcross, is leading efforts to make that the minimum wage across America.