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New Jersey is the East Coast Leader in Advancing the Transition to Electric Trucks

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection has announced it finalized the Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) Rule and Fleet Reporting Requirement. New Jersey became the first state on the east coast, joining California, Oregon and Washington, to establish a Clean Trucks program. Read more here.

By |2021-12-22T16:00:42-05:00December 22nd, 2021|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on New Jersey is the East Coast Leader in Advancing the Transition to Electric Trucks

More than 40 organizations, unions urge OSHA to extend protections for healthcare workers

More than 40 organizations, including unions, and more than 6,300 individuals have signed a petition urging the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to make its emergency temporary standard permanent for healthcare workplaces. Read more here.

By |2021-12-22T15:55:03-05:00December 22nd, 2021|Covid-19, Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on More than 40 organizations, unions urge OSHA to extend protections for healthcare workers

Job Posting: Policy & Advocacy Director

The Work Environment Council of New Jersey, Inc. (WEC) is a coalition of 70 labor, community, and environmental organizations advocating for safe, secure jobs and a healthy, sustainable environment. WEC seeks an experienced Policy and Advocacy Director. The position begins ASAP and is a 12-month full-time position with an option to extend. The deadline to apply is January 15 and resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The Policy and Advocacy Director will be primarily responsible for policy development and senior level oversight to ensure high-quality organizational strategic and operational objectives are achieved in the WEC policy portfolio. A majority of the time will be spent on climate and clean energy work with partners in Jersey Renews, a statewide coalition of labor, environmental and community partners that WEC coordinates working on state-based climate policy, including emissions reductions, increased clean energy production, family-sustaining green jobs, reduced air pollution and a more sustainable transportation system. The Policy and Advocacy Director will supervise campaign organizers and work with coalition partners to develop strategic policy goals to ensure success and coordinate all of the organization’s legislative and regulatory outreach and direct advocacy. The Policy and Advocacy Director will report directly to the Executive [...]

By |2021-12-22T15:51:09-05:00December 22nd, 2021|Highlights, Job Postings|Comments Off on Job Posting: Policy & Advocacy Director

Job Posting: Office Manager

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 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 ASAP and is part-time, Monday - Thursday/32 hours a week. The deadline to apply is January 20, 2022, and ideally the position will begin on February 1. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls please. The office is located in Trenton, NJ. RESPONSIBILITIES Job Responsibilities Include: * Assist the Executive Director with routine day-to-day operations * Oversee general office operation * Maintain business equipment, ordering office supplies, answering phones, and processing mail * 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 * Event planning, scheduling, and coordination for WEC’s annual fundraiser and other programs * Assist program staff on an as-needed basis with general clerical and [...]

By |2022-01-13T14:11:56-05:00December 22nd, 2021|Highlights, Job Postings|Comments Off on Job Posting: Office Manager

Unions, public health, and occupational safety organizations call for permanent OSHA Covid-19 standards for health care and other workers

More than 40 unions and other organizations signed a petition, along with more than 6,300 individuals, to urge the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to adopt a permanent standard on Covid-19 in health care workplaces, building on the emergency temporary standard (ETS) OSHA adopted in June and set to expire on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. The petition also encouraged OSHA to work expediently to issue a separate, broader standard to protect all workers from workplace exposure to Covid-19 and other aerosol transmissible diseases. The petition was delivered to OSHA today, announced National Nurses United (NNU). Read more here.

By |2021-12-21T14:41:35-05:00December 21st, 2021|Covid-19, Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Unions, public health, and occupational safety organizations call for permanent OSHA Covid-19 standards for health care and other workers

More action needed to fix Chemical Safety Board crucial to N.J., advocates say

While President Joe Biden has nominated three people to the independent board that investigates chemical accidents, supporters of the Chemical Safety Board said other steps also must be taken so the agency properly can do its job. A letter from 22 unions, environmental groups and other advocacy organizations to Chair Katherine Lemos, the last remaining member of the board, called for more investigators. Read entire article here.

By |2021-12-14T14:48:10-05:00December 14th, 2021|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on More action needed to fix Chemical Safety Board crucial to N.J., advocates say

WEC Seeks Industrial Hygiene Consultant

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 an industrial hygiene (IH) consultant to provide technical assistance on an as needed basis to WEC members. The primary function of this position will be to identify and resolve environmental health and safety concerns, and to encourage all affected parties to work together in creating a safe and healthy workplace. Responsibilities: The industrial hygiene consultant will have these responsibilities: • Providing technical assistance with emphasis on organizing. • Presenting workshops on topics such as using health and safety organizing. • Interpreting IH reports into terms for a popular audience. (No IH sampling involved.) • Attending and occasionally speaking at meetings and workshops of unions, community, and environmental organizations. • On occasion, providing training to workers, parents and community stakeholders. • Developing or edit materials including but not limited to fact sheets. Qualifications: • 3+ years of experience in environmental or occupational safety consulting or related field. • Experience with OSHA/EPA Regulations and NJDOL/NJDEP Regulations • Excellent written and verbal communication skills • A valid driver’s license and car access are required • Previous [...]

By |2021-12-01T14:02:17-05:00December 1st, 2021|Highlights, Job Postings|Comments Off on WEC Seeks Industrial Hygiene Consultant

New Jersey Work Environment Council Statement on OSHA’s New Vaccine and Testing Standard

Press Statement For Immediate Release: November 4, 2021 Contact: Debra Coyle, 609.707.1320; dcoyle@njwec.org New Jersey Work Environment Council Statement on OSHA’s New Vaccine and Testing Standard “Paid Time off for Vaccines is Good, but OSHA Misses the Mark by Passing Costs on to Workers for Testing and Masks” The following statement about the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) released today by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is from Debra Coyle, executive director of the New Jersey Work Environment Council (NJWEC). “Vaccines are safe and effective, and we’re glad to see the new OSHA ETS requires paid time off for vaccines and recovery. We are concerned however, that these proposed rules do not require employers to pay for the costs of testing for unvaccinated workers, or for the cost of masks needed in the workplace. This is not how OSHA standards typically work, because employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace. We think it’s unwise and unfair to put this burden on workers, who have already paid enormous human and financial costs during this pandemic. “Vaccines are just one piece of the puzzle we need to solve the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We still need to put in place the other puzzle pieces so that New Jersey workers are protected on the job. Since the [...]

By |2021-11-18T15:18:10-05:00November 4th, 2021|Highlights, Press Releases, WEC in the News|Comments Off on New Jersey Work Environment Council Statement on OSHA’s New Vaccine and Testing Standard

NJ Work Environment Council Congratulates Doug Parker, Confirmed as New Chief of U.S. OSHA

The following statement is from Debra Coyle McFadden, executive director of the New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC). “We’re glad to see Doug Parker, a highly qualified safety professional, confirmed today by the U.S. Senate. As assistant secretary of labor, he will head the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). “Doug brings his experience as head of Cal/OSHA, the nation’s largest statewide safety agency. He also served as executive director at Worksafe, a non-profit that provides legal services and public advocacy for workers seeking to improve safety on the job. Worksafe and WEC are both affiliates of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. Read more here.

By |2021-10-27T17:02:07-04:00October 27th, 2021|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on NJ Work Environment Council Congratulates Doug Parker, Confirmed as New Chief of U.S. OSHA

New Jersey’s SDA districts set to open in ‘deplorable conditions.’ What you need to know

When Abraham Lincoln School in Garfield reopens in September, students will cram into a building constructed 50 years after the 16th president was assassinated and is showing its age: A sagging roof, water damage from leaks in the mortar, no air- conditioning. It gets no better in some schools in Paterson, where the local teachers union has reported mold, leaky ceilings and rodents. But they do have running drinking water, which is more than can be said of at least half the schools in Jersey City. Those schools are examples among dozens throughout New Jersey’s 31 so-called Schools Development Authority (SDA) districts that will fully reopen this school year in “deplorable conditions,” as the Education Law Center put it in legal filings. Hot, overcrowded, poorly ventilated classrooms have become a way of life for students and teachers in these districts that have been so down-at-the-heels that the Supreme Court ruled decades ago that the state is responsible for school repairs and replacement so students can get a “thorough and efficient” education. Read the full story here.

By |2021-08-12T20:40:17-04:00August 12th, 2021|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on New Jersey’s SDA districts set to open in ‘deplorable conditions.’ What you need to know
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