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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 |2019-12-05T12:35:22-05:00December 5th, 2019|Highlights, Opinion Pieces, Uncategorized|Comments Off on N.J. dodged a bullet in Philly refinery blast. Will we be so lucky next time?

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

It’s Outrageous that NJ Gives Tax Incentives to Companies that Exploit Workers

The warehouse sector that supports the multibillion dollar e-commerce economy is booming. New Jersey shouldn’t give tax breaks to corporations that exploit the warehouse workers who make it happen. There are major problems with our state’s controversial tax incentive program, administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Over the past year, alarming reports of a lack [...]

By |2019-09-19T02:47:34-04:00September 19th, 2019|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|Comments Off on It’s Outrageous that NJ Gives Tax Incentives to Companies that Exploit Workers

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.

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

NJ Needs to Cough Up the Cash to Fix Its Schools so Our Kids Won’t Get Sick

When you think of the word “school” what comes to mind? Overcrowding? Leaking roofs, mold and mercury exposure? Extreme temperatures, windows that don’t open? Inadequate air quality from poor ventilation? How about asbestos, lead in drinking water, or rodent infestations? Unfortunately, for many students and staff in New Jersey, these issues are a daily reality. As a result, [...]

By |2019-05-13T15:02:59-04:00February 13th, 2019|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|Comments Off on NJ Needs to Cough Up the Cash to Fix Its Schools so Our Kids Won’t Get Sick

Invest in Environment and Infrastructure, Not Corporate Welfare

It has been more than a year since the Christie administration ended, but it turns out it left one last surprise for New Jersey’s workers and taxpayers, according to an audit released by the New Jersey State Comptroller last month. The report suggests that, under former Gov. Chris Christie, the Economic Development Authority (EDA) gave away billions [...]

By |2019-05-13T14:11:52-04:00February 1st, 2019|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|Comments Off on Invest in Environment and Infrastructure, Not Corporate Welfare

What OffShore Wind Could Do for Economy and Jobs in NJ

Sometimes success is about being in the right place at the right time. Eight years after the signing of one of the nation’s most robust laws to open the market to offshore-wind generation, New Jersey’s moment has arrived. On September 13, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that the state is on course to reach its [...]

By |2019-07-09T17:35:23-04:00October 18th, 2018|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|Comments Off on What OffShore Wind Could Do for Economy and Jobs in NJ

New Jersey’s Warehouse Workers Deserve Better

Many cities and towns in New Jersey are home to warehouse distribution centers. These are places where people pack and ship products that are later sold at Amazon.com and other large online retailers, as well as brick-and-mortar retail stores. Ensuring that jobs at these warehouses are safe, secure, and pay family-sustaining wages is crucial for [...]

By |2018-08-03T13:46:25-04:00August 3rd, 2018|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|Comments Off on New Jersey’s Warehouse Workers Deserve Better

We’re part of an emerging voice America should listen to: Young people

Rodents in the cafeteria. Crumbling ceilings. Mold growing in the classroom. Extreme temperatures in excess of 90 degrees. Toxic air quality from poor indoor air ventilation. Concerns about asbestos, lead and other toxins in the walls and pipes. Unfortunately, these are common problems right here in our New Jersey schools. The Healthy Schools Now [...]

By |2018-07-05T10:16:13-04:00July 5th, 2018|Highlights, Opinion Pieces, Uncategorized|Comments Off on We’re part of an emerging voice America should listen to: Young people