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Job Posting: Jersey Renews Organizer

Download a pdf of this announcement here. 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 a full-time, experienced Campaign Organizer for the Jersey Renews effort based in our Trenton office. The [...]

By |2020-02-24T15:24:15-05:00February 24th, 2020|Highlights, Job Postings|Comments Off on Job Posting: Jersey Renews Organizer

NJ Releases New Guidance on Mercury-Laced Floors – Will It Help?

Photo Credit: New Jersey Education Association It's uncertain how many school gymnasium floors in New Jersey are emitting a level of mercury vapor that's unsafe for the students and adults who come in contact with them daily. While new guidance from the state aims to get a better idea of the problem's [...]

By |2020-02-24T14:46:43-05:00February 24th, 2020|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on NJ Releases New Guidance on Mercury-Laced Floors – Will It Help?

NJ DOH Issues Updated Guidance on Mercury Found in School Floors

Press Release For Immediate Release: February 19, 2020 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 Department of Health Issues Updated Guidance on Mercury Found in School Floors DOH outlines measures to identify, [...]

By |2020-02-24T14:26:48-05:00February 20th, 2020|Highlights, Press Releases|Comments Off on NJ DOH Issues Updated Guidance on Mercury Found in School Floors

Governor signs legislation to enhance student-athlete safety

“We are pleased that steps are being taken to address students’ safety in regard to heat stress which is often experienced during school sports,” said Heather Sorge, Campaign Organizer for Healthy Schools Now, NJ Work Environment Council.  “As New Jersey continues to suffer the impact of climate change, having policies and emergency plans to protect [...]

By |2020-01-21T13:44:26-05:00January 21st, 2020|Highlights|Comments Off on Governor signs legislation to enhance student-athlete safety

WEC Statement on the State of the State

Today, the Governor delivered the State of the State address, highlighting change in New Jersey that WEC and many of our close partners have worked to enact over the past year. We were glad to hear the governor hold steady in his commitment to lead remediation in schools and in our homes, creating union [...]

By |2020-02-24T14:27:23-05:00January 14th, 2020|Highlights|Comments Off on WEC Statement on the State of the State

N.J. dodged a bullet in Philly refinery blast. Will we be so lucky next time?

PES explosion on June 21, 2019. Photo credit to NBC Philadelphia. In South Jersey, this year we have a big reason to be grateful. In June, according to a recent report from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), a million residents of South Jersey and Pennsylvania narrowly escaped exposure to hydrofluoric acid, a highly [...]

By |2020-02-24T14:27:34-05:00December 5th, 2019|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|Comments Off on N.J. dodged a bullet in Philly refinery blast. Will we be so lucky next time?

Murphy Establishes “Implementation Board” for Public Banking.

This week, Governor Murphy signed an executive order to create an “implementation board” with the intention of establishing a public bank in New Jersey.  This is an incredible, bold step for the state to take towards economic justice.  Currently, in New Jersey, our tax dollars are kept in private banks. The same private banks responsible [...]

By |2019-11-14T15:36:50-05:00November 14th, 2019|Highlights|Comments Off on Murphy Establishes “Implementation Board” for Public Banking.

PES Refinery Explosion: Deadly Catastrophe Adverted By Quick Action

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a factual update on the June 21 explosion and fire at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) Refinery in Philadelphia. The update notes that a pipe elbow, which had corroded to about half the thickness of a credit card, appears to have ruptured in the refinery’s alkylation unit, [...]

By |2020-02-24T14:28:20-05:00October 30th, 2019|Highlights|Comments Off on PES Refinery Explosion: Deadly Catastrophe Adverted By Quick Action

Group Asks: Seven Years After Sandy Are We Ready for the Next Disaster

This week marks the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. We all remember the fear and anxiety that gripped communities as we faced winds up to 90 miles an hour and sea levels 14 feet higher than normal. The storm claimed  hundreds of lives and cost tens of billions of dollars in New Jersey, New [...]

By |2019-10-29T11:40:39-04:00October 29th, 2019|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|Comments Off on Group Asks: Seven Years After Sandy Are We Ready for the Next Disaster

On Sandy Anniversary Labor, Environmental Groups Warn State Officials of Toxic Threat

Seven years after Sandy, are we better prepared for a chemical spill,  fire or explosion if a superstorm hits? TRENTON, NJ—Labor, environmental and community organizations are urging state leaders to plan for toxic chemical spills and other emergencies associated with natural disasters to mark the seventh anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The worst natural disaster in [...]

By |2019-10-28T10:28:14-04:00October 28th, 2019|Highlights, Press Releases|Comments Off on On Sandy Anniversary Labor, Environmental Groups Warn State Officials of Toxic Threat