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Our children are being exposed to mercury in schools. We need to act.

Floors emitting mercury vapor have now been found in several school districts in New Jersey. Schools have been using rubber-like polyurethane floors since the 1960s. Some of these floors, installed as late as 2006, contain phenyl mercuric acetate (PMA), a catalyst that releases odorless, colorless mercury vapor. Any item that has been in contact with these [...]

By |2019-08-08T10:22:48-04:00August 2nd, 2019|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|Comments Off on Our children are being exposed to mercury in schools. We need to act.

NJ to regulate school floor manufacturers after mercury vapors discovered

Gym floor and school track manufacturers for schools will face tighter regulations, after the discovery of mercury-tainted fumes closed gymnasiums in districts across the state This month, the New Jersey Schools Development Authority reported it would, for the first time, require certification from rubberized or urethane floors floor manufacturers that their products do not contain mercury. [...]

By |2019-07-24T10:25:43-04:00July 24th, 2019|Highlights|Comments Off on NJ to regulate school floor manufacturers after mercury vapors discovered

No Easy Way to Tell if Your Kid’s Gym Floor is Laced with Mercury

It's unclear exactly how many school gymnasium floors in New Jersey have the potential to emit toxic mercury vapor over time, or are already doing so. But the state can be sure of one thing now: no future Schools Development Authority projects will include floors that contain a mercury catalyst, which can lead to harmful effects [...]

By |2019-07-10T13:00:34-04:00July 10th, 2019|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on No Easy Way to Tell if Your Kid’s Gym Floor is Laced with Mercury

SDA Takes Action to Protect Kids from Mercury Found in Floors

Press Release For Immediate Release: July 3, 2019 Contact: Heather L. Sorge, NJ Work Environment Council, Campaign Organizer for Healthy Schools Now 908/310-7874; hsorge@njwec.org Debra Coyle McFadden, NJ Work Environment Council, Executive Director 609/707-1320; dcoyle@njwec.org New Jersey Schools Development Authority Takes Action to Protect Kids from Mercury Found in Floors The New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) will be requiring [...]

By |2019-07-03T11:08:47-04:00July 3rd, 2019|Highlights, Press Releases|Comments Off on SDA Takes Action to Protect Kids from Mercury Found in Floors

US Senator Booker Alerts Agencies about Mercury Hazard in Schools

Thanks to the work of Healthy Schools Now, New Jersey Education Association, Mom's Clean Airforce and WEC, US Senator Cory Booker is calling for an investigation into potentially hazardous emissions from flooring that has been widely installed in public spaces across the country since the 1960s. Some synthetic rubberized floors found in schools, hospitals, [...]

By |2019-07-03T08:06:38-04:00July 3rd, 2019|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on US Senator Booker Alerts Agencies about Mercury Hazard in Schools

WEC Statement on New Jersey Budget for FY 2020

  New Jersey Fiscal Year 2020 Budget  Governor Murphy signed New Jersey's Budget for FY2020. The NJ Work Environment Council (WEC) is, for the most part, proud of the progressive, pro-worker, pro-community investments this budget makes. Increased funding into schools and special education programs, including $250 million into special education, $457.5 million into transit, [...]

By |2019-07-02T14:38:39-04:00July 1st, 2019|Highlights, Press Releases|Comments Off on WEC Statement on New Jersey Budget for FY 2020

Statement from WEC on BPU Announcement on Offshore Wind

Bravo New Jersey for leading the nation in offshore wind development. Today the Board of Public Utilities announced the winner of the country's largest offshore wind project. Orsted will be building the 1,100MW project, called OceanWind, which will bring clean energy to approximately 500,000 homes. Thank you to Governor Murphy for his vision and commitment [...]

By |2019-07-02T09:45:20-04:00June 21st, 2019|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Statement from WEC on BPU Announcement on Offshore Wind

WEC Statement on Alden Leeds Fire

The threat of a catastrophic chemical release remains a major vulnerability for New Jersey.  Every year, chemical releases, fires, and explosions claim lives and threaten residents’ health across the nation.  New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country, nestled between New York City and Philadelphia, and has one of the highest [...]

By |2019-07-02T09:45:45-04:00May 18th, 2019|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on WEC Statement on Alden Leeds Fire

2019 Workers’ Memorial Day March & Rally: Not One More Death

Press Release: Sunday, April 28, 2019 Contact Lou Kimmel, 732.762.7687, lkimmel@newlabor.org Cecelia Leto, 609.532.1782, cgilliganleto@njwec.org   2019 Workers' Memorial Day March & Rally: Not One More Death New Brunswick, NJ – Around 300 people gathered at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple on Sunday, April 28 to celebrate Workers’ Memorial Day, an annual day of action to [...]

By |2019-05-13T16:32:57-04:00April 29th, 2019|Highlights, Press Releases|Comments Off on 2019 Workers’ Memorial Day March & Rally: Not One More Death

Companies that Accept Tax Subsidies Must Create Good, Safe Jobs, Worker Advocates Say

These days, New Jersey plays a major role in the multi-billion dollar e-commerce economy. The workers who make this economy possible deserve a fair shake. E-commerce warehouses that support online retailers, national chain stores, and top apparel brands are expanding in New Jersey because of our large ports, our highway system, and our proximity to [...]

By |2019-05-13T14:01:37-04:00April 3rd, 2019|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|Comments Off on Companies that Accept Tax Subsidies Must Create Good, Safe Jobs, Worker Advocates Say