Virtua takes minimum wage to $15 an hour, and a little more

David Madden
December 09, 2018 - 4:00 am
Virtua President and CEO Dennis W. Pullin

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MARLTON, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- With the New Jersey legislature scheduled to hold a public hearing Monday on raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, more private sector businesses are doing so on their own.

The Virtua health care system will go a tad higher than most, raising its minimum wage come January First to $15 dollars and 15 cents.

“We have been contemplating some type of wage adjustment for a while,” CEO Dennis Pullin told KYW Newsradio. “Recognizing that there’s a lot of statewide conversation that’s currently taking place and there has been other entities that have advanced the ball, we just felt it was timely and appropriate for us to do so as well.”

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The move will affect up to a thousand of Virtua’s 9,000 member workforce, including full time, part time and per diem employees.

“Some are technical. Some are support,” he added. “It’s not a particular job that we’re focusing on. More of the entry-level pay scale and so those types of positions are across the organization in many different departments.”

The Cooper Health System made a similar move last month, also effective in the New Year.

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