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The Virus Exposed New Jersey’s Inequities and Failures

Reality check: No one is safe from the ravages of COVID 19. After all, nurses, warehouse workers and celebrities like Tom Hanks alike are getting sick. Actually, if you work for low pay, are a person of color, or live in a crowded urban area, you’re more likely to get sick and less likely [...]

By |2020-06-01T13:22:15-04:00June 1st, 2020|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|Comments Off on The Virus Exposed New Jersey’s Inequities and Failures

COVID-19: New Jersey’s education system is imperiled by the pandemic. Here’s how

According to a recent Gallup poll, 42% of parents worry about the impact COVID-19 will have on their children’s education. Despite the fact that New Jersey school districts are adapting and educators have gone above and beyond, altering lesson plans and creating virtual classrooms overnight, students have encountered difficulties learning in this current climate. In response, New [...]

By |2020-05-07T13:34:31-04:00May 7th, 2020|Highlights, Opinion Pieces, WEC in the News|Comments Off on COVID-19: New Jersey’s education system is imperiled by the pandemic. Here’s how

COVID-19 is our World War II – to fight it, we need to reconnect to our sense of social responsibility.

Coronavirus is an existential threat that could inspire individuals, businesses, and governments to act like they haven’t since World War II. In 1943, Eleanor Roosevelt planted a “Victory Garden” on the White House’s lawn, with the intention of encouraging Americans to grow their own vegetables, to reduce food and labor shortages as a result of [...]

By |2020-04-14T11:55:50-04:00April 14th, 2020|Opinion Pieces, WEConnect Newsletter|Comments Off on COVID-19 is our World War II – to fight it, we need to reconnect to our sense of social responsibility.

NJ Must Protect Warehouse Workers Against COVID-19

Here in New Jersey, warehouse workers have been classified by the state as essential workers. It’s not hard to understand why. As COVID-19 spreads, these workers are the ones ensuring that food, cleaning products, medicine, and other vital goods are distributed to millions of people. But while the state government rightly considers warehouse workers essential, their [...]

By |2020-06-01T13:54:24-04:00April 11th, 2020|Highlights, Opinion Pieces|Comments Off on NJ Must Protect Warehouse Workers Against COVID-19

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?

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