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The New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) is an alliance of labor, community, and environmental organizations working together for safe, secure jobs, and a healthy, sustainable environment.

Why clean energy jobs could be more plentiful than originally hoped – and those hopes were high

Why clean energy jobs could be more plentiful than originally hoped – and those hopes were high By Debra Coyle (NEW JERSEY) - July 29, 2022 The wind is blowing in the right direction for job creation in New Jersey. Cumulative job gains in the offshore wind, solar and transportation industries – already expected to be strong – could be far higher than potential job losses if the state not only follows through but doubles down on its 100% clean energy commitment by 2050, according to a new Applied Economics Clinic report. The report says nearly 300,000 more job-years in the clean energy industry could be gained, translating into about 11,000 jobs annually, than would be created without new, ambitious policies. One job year is equivalent to one person working full-time for one year. Over the past few years, the cost of clean energy technologies has rapidly declined, making zero-carbon solutions not only healthier and safer but increasingly more affordable than fossil fuel. Newer, more efficient energy technologies are being developed and deployed across all sectors: longer duration batteries, more efficient solar panels, new construction and operation of wind turbines, and longer-range electric vehicles ... Read More: Why clean energy jobs [...]

By |2022-07-31T21:33:21-04:00July 29th, 2022|Opinion Pieces, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Why clean energy jobs could be more plentiful than originally hoped – and those hopes were high

Groundbreaking USW Guide on ‘Stop Work Authority’ Will Protect Workers

Press Release: July 20, 2022 The United Steelworkers (USW) today announced the publication of a new groundbreaking guide from its Health, Safety, and Environment Department. The book, “Bargaining for Stop Work Authority to Prevent Injuries and Save Lives,” is the first and most comprehensive publication designed to help workers develop programs that allow them to stop unsafe or unhealthy operations and processes until hazards are resolved. “The United Steelworkers is proud to issue this path-breaking guide,” said USW International President Tom Conway. “OSHA does not require stop work authority, so it’s up to us. This booklet will be an essential part of protecting workers’ lives on the job.” The publication includes information on the importance of well-designed stop work authority programs and the pitfalls of ineffective programs that exist at many sites. “The unfortunate reality is that flawed stop-work programs exist at many work sites, and this booklet will help to change that,” Conway said. “In addition, workers often face challenges, including retaliation, in their efforts to stop unhealthy or unsafe work.” Debra Coyle, executive director of the New Jersey Work Environment Council, the nation’s longest-standing state labor-environmental alliance, said that the guide can help protect workers and communities. “By applying [...]

By |2022-07-27T20:14:18-04:00July 20th, 2022|Press Releases, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Groundbreaking USW Guide on ‘Stop Work Authority’ Will Protect Workers

Essential Workers Deserve Hazard Pay – And NJ Has The Cash: Advocates

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: [...]

By |2022-06-24T15:14:01-04:00June 22nd, 2022|WEC in the News|Comments Off on Essential Workers Deserve Hazard Pay – And NJ Has The Cash: Advocates

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Transition Could Generate $34.1 Billion in Statewide Economic Activity, Nearly 300,000 Job-Years by 2050

TRENTON — New Jersey stands to gain an average of $1.3 billion in economic activity and 11,000 well-paying jobs annually if the state accelerates efforts to transition to 100% clean energy, fully electrifies its transportation and building infrastructure, and ensures meaningful job standards are in place by 2050, according to studies released today by the Applied Economic Clinic (AEC)... “With strong labor standards, union support, and adequate training, high-quality clean energy jobs will offer competitive wages and benefits and fewer occupational safety hazards,” said Debra Coyle, Executive Director of the New Jersey Work Environment Council. “We recognize that it will be essential to provide adequate resources for workers caught in the transition to retrain and utilize their valuable skills in this new space.” If New Jersey embraces more ambitious clean energy policies and strong labor standards, the study found the state’s clean energy transition could generate about 11,000 jobs annually in the offshore wind, energy efficiency and storage, electrification and solar industries between 2025 and 2050. Over this period, cumulative clean energy job gains could be 6.6 times higher than job losses expected from a reduction in gas-fired power plants and oil heating. Ambitious clean energy policies are significant economic drivers compared to [...]

By |2022-06-13T08:55:25-04:00June 8th, 2022|Press Releases, WEC in the News|Comments Off on New Jersey’s Clean Energy Transition Could Generate $34.1 Billion in Statewide Economic Activity, Nearly 300,000 Job-Years by 2050

Amazon Workers ‘Treated Like Machinery’ Strike At NJ Facility: Report

Some New Jersey Amazon workers upset by an imminent job site closing walked out in solidarity Wednesday, June 1. Bellmawr, NJ - One Bellmawr worker told Eyewitness News he felt he was being treated like "warehouse machinery," not people. Amazon is reportedly closing the Camden County facility and forcing them to take shifts at a warehouse further away, the outlet said. But an Amazon spokeswoman said that Bellmawr's employees are being offered opportunities to work at five different sites that are as close as nine miles from their current location.... Debra Coyle, Executive Director, NJ Work Environment Council, said, "The New Jersey Work Environment Council stands in solidarity with the Amazon workers that walked off the job early Wednesday morning at the facility in Bellmawr," "It’s time Amazon, who made record profits during the pandemic, stops putting profit over people and prioritizes their workers' needs including a living wage, good benefits, and safe working conditions," Coyle said..... Read More: Amazon Workers 'Treated Like Machinery' Strike At NJ Facility: Report

By |2022-06-02T12:55:20-04:00June 2nd, 2022|WEC in the News|Comments Off on Amazon Workers ‘Treated Like Machinery’ Strike At NJ Facility: Report

New Jersey Clean Energy Coalition Urges Murphy Administration to Equitably Invest Federal Infrastructure and Jobs Funding

New Jersey Clean Energy Coalition Urges Murphy Administration to Equitably Invest Federal Infrastructure and Jobs Funding TRENTON, NJ – A coalition representing New Jersey’s environmental, business, social justice, conservation, labor, and climate advocacy communities is calling on the Murphy Administration to equitably and strategically invest federal Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA) funds to support residents in greatest need... “Availability of this federal funding represents a historic opportunity for the state to ensure counties and towns – particularly those most impacted by the devastating impacts of global climate change – are supported and prepared to advance New Jersey’s climate, jobs, and justice objectives,” said Debra Coyle, executive director of the NJ Work Environment Council (WEC) and co-coordinator of Jersey Renews... Read More: New Jersey Clean Energy Coalition Urges Murphy Administration to Equitably Invest Federal Infrastructure and Jobs Funding

By |2022-05-25T17:17:00-04:00May 24th, 2022|WEC in the News|Comments Off on New Jersey Clean Energy Coalition Urges Murphy Administration to Equitably Invest Federal Infrastructure and Jobs Funding

Job Posting: Office Manager

WEC seeks an experienced Office Manager to be responsible for the general operation of our office and provide support to the Executive Director and Staff. This position begins immediately and is part-time, Monday – Thursday/32 hours a week. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls please. The office is located in Trenton, NJ. The deadline to apply is March 30. Job Responsibilities * Assist the Executive Director with routine day-to-day operations * Oversee general office operation * Track membership dues, staff timesheets and expense reports * Update member database, website, and calendars * Create emails blasts for events, trainings, and meetings * Liaison to the Board of Directors and Sub Committees * Maintain Salsa Labs database * Liaison to the bookkeeper * Coordinate WEC’s annual fundraiser and other programs * Assist program staff on an as-needed basis with general clerical and administrative tasks * Track vendor contract renewals * Update various government systems to keep WEC in compliance Requirements * A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience * A minimum of five years’ experience in office administration * Excellent computer skills, Microsoft 365, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint * Experience with Salsa Labs a plus The ideal candidate will [...]

By |2022-03-08T15:39:27-05:00March 7th, 2022|Highlights|Comments Off on Job Posting: Office Manager

Mercury Seeping From Gym Floors – Possible NJ Law Would Stop Future Installations

A proposed New Jersey law aims to ensure that the threat of dangerous mercury vapors is not presented by any floors that get installed in New Jersey schools and child care centers moving forward. The threat already exists at countless schools across the Garden State, but advocates say the current proposal is at least shining a spotlight on the issue, even though it may not go far enough. Under the bill advanced by the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee, flooring material that contains mercury would not be able to used during the construction or renovation of a school or child care center. Also, any school projects impacting an already existing floor would have to result in proof that the existing floor is mercury-free, or that it will be removed completely. Read More: Mercury-laced floors are still allowed in NJ schools ... for now

By |2022-02-09T15:38:41-05:00February 9th, 2022|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Mercury Seeping From Gym Floors – Possible NJ Law Would Stop Future Installations

Job Posting: Healthy Schools Now Campaign Organizer

The New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) is a coalition of 70 labor, community, and environmental organizations advocating for safe, secure jobs and a healthy, sustainable environment. WEC seeks a full time, experienced Campaign Organizer based in our Trenton area office. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2022. The person hired will organize and expand a dynamic grassroots advocacy coalition: Healthy Schools Now (HSN). The HSN coalition focuses on ensuring that all New Jersey children and school employees learn and work in healthy, safe, and modern public schools. The campaign focuses on Schools Development Authority (SDA) districts, formerly the “Abbott” districts. Priority will be given to securing reauthorization of funding for these underserved communities as well as regular operating district (ROD) grants. The Campaign Organizer will have these responsibilities: • Work with the Director, other staff and stakeholders to develop and implement the coalition’s campaign plan. • Maintain and expand a diverse coalition of key organizations, through in-person and telephone contact, participatory campaign planning meetings, etc. • Lead the coalition in order to achieve measurable goals within specific timelines. • Speak at union, community, and environmental organization meetings. • Coordinate messaging, press conferences, and other media events. • Write and [...]

By |2022-02-23T10:12:26-05:00February 3rd, 2022|Highlights, Job Postings|Comments Off on Job Posting: Healthy Schools Now Campaign Organizer
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