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Jersey Renews Response on the Release of the Council on the Green Economy Green Jobs Report

For Immediate Release September 21, 2022 Jersey Renews Response on the Release of the Council on the Green Economy Green Jobs Report TRENTON – This morning at an event for Climate Week NYC Governor Murphy announced the release of the Council on the Green Economy Report, Green Jobs for a Sustainable Future, and 12-month action plan. At the same time the Governor also signed an Executive Order today to increase the target goal from 7.5MW for offshore wind to 11MW by 2040. In February 2021, Governor Phil Murphy created the Council on the Green Economy and tasked it to deliver a report with recommendations on how New Jersey should transition to a green economy. According to the report, New Jersey can expect to see an additional 314,888 net job-years supported over the next 10 years based on current green policies and investments enacted across New Jersey to date. The report lays out steps New Jersey must take to create an inclusive, vibrant green economy that will create business opportunities, uplift communities, and create good paying jobs. ... “Jersey Renews applauds the release of today’s report and thanks the Administration, as well as the many public members of the Council on the [...]

By |2022-09-22T12:52:55-04:00September 21st, 2022|Press Releases, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Jersey Renews Response on the Release of the Council on the Green Economy Green Jobs Report

NJ Work Environment Council Statement on EPA’s proposed RMP Rule

For Immediate Release: August 19, 2022 Contact: Debra Coyle, 609.707.1320; dcoyle@njwec.org Rejecting former President Trump’s fealty to the chemical and oil industries, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed revisions to its Risk Management Program (RMP) rule to further protect vulnerable communities and workers from releases of highly hazardous chemicals, including those living near facilities with high incident rates, such as chemical plants. The proposed regulation, the “Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention Rule,” would strengthen the existing program rules and include new safeguards for approximately 90 industrial facilities in New Jersey. The Agency’s RMP rule protects public health and the environment by requiring industrial facilities with high incident rates to prevent accidental air releases of dangerous chemicals that could cause deaths, injuries, property damage, environmental damage, or require evacuations in surrounding communities. Debra Coyle, Executive Director, NJ Work Environment Council Statement on EPA’s proposed RMP Rule WEC commends the U.S. EPA for issuing this proposed rule. It’s a step in the right direction to prevent chemical accidents in New Jersey and the nation. In particular, WEC is pleased to see new provisions such as requiring facility management to assess and prepare for severe weather and climate change. Approximately one-third of facilities [...]

By |2022-08-19T17:39:12-04:00August 19th, 2022|Press Releases|Comments Off on NJ Work Environment Council Statement on EPA’s proposed RMP Rule

Groundbreaking USW Guide on ‘Stop Work Authority’ Will Protect Workers

Press Release: July 20, 2022 The United Steelworkers (USW) today announced the publication of a new groundbreaking guide from its Health, Safety, and Environment Department. The book, “Bargaining for Stop Work Authority to Prevent Injuries and Save Lives,” is the first and most comprehensive publication designed to help workers develop programs that allow them to stop unsafe or unhealthy operations and processes until hazards are resolved. “The United Steelworkers is proud to issue this path-breaking guide,” said USW International President Tom Conway. “OSHA does not require stop work authority, so it’s up to us. This booklet will be an essential part of protecting workers’ lives on the job.” The publication includes information on the importance of well-designed stop work authority programs and the pitfalls of ineffective programs that exist at many sites. “The unfortunate reality is that flawed stop-work programs exist at many work sites, and this booklet will help to change that,” Conway said. “In addition, workers often face challenges, including retaliation, in their efforts to stop unhealthy or unsafe work.” Debra Coyle, executive director of the New Jersey Work Environment Council, the nation’s longest-standing state labor-environmental alliance, said that the guide can help protect workers and communities. “By applying [...]

By |2022-07-27T20:14:18-04:00July 20th, 2022|Press Releases, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Groundbreaking USW Guide on ‘Stop Work Authority’ Will Protect Workers

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Transition Could Generate $34.1 Billion in Statewide Economic Activity, Nearly 300,000 Job-Years by 2050

TRENTON — New Jersey stands to gain an average of $1.3 billion in economic activity and 11,000 well-paying jobs annually if the state accelerates efforts to transition to 100% clean energy, fully electrifies its transportation and building infrastructure, and ensures meaningful job standards are in place by 2050, according to studies released today by the Applied Economic Clinic (AEC)... “With strong labor standards, union support, and adequate training, high-quality clean energy jobs will offer competitive wages and benefits and fewer occupational safety hazards,” said Debra Coyle, Executive Director of the New Jersey Work Environment Council. “We recognize that it will be essential to provide adequate resources for workers caught in the transition to retrain and utilize their valuable skills in this new space.” If New Jersey embraces more ambitious clean energy policies and strong labor standards, the study found the state’s clean energy transition could generate about 11,000 jobs annually in the offshore wind, energy efficiency and storage, electrification and solar industries between 2025 and 2050. Over this period, cumulative clean energy job gains could be 6.6 times higher than job losses expected from a reduction in gas-fired power plants and oil heating. Ambitious clean energy policies are significant economic drivers compared to [...]

By |2022-06-13T08:55:25-04:00June 8th, 2022|Press Releases, WEC in the News|Comments Off on New Jersey’s Clean Energy Transition Could Generate $34.1 Billion in Statewide Economic Activity, Nearly 300,000 Job-Years by 2050

New Labor and NJ Work Environment Council Organize March to Honor Workers Killed, Sick and Injured on the Job

New Brunswick, New Jersey: More than 300 hundred members and supporters of New Labor, the New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC), and allied organizations, collectively demanding “Safe Workplaces for All,” marched in New Brunswick on April 24, 2022 to honor workers who have been killed or become sick or injured on the job. The march, with coffins, handmade signs and chants to remember fallen workers, began and ended at New Labor headquarters in downtown New Brunswick. It is one of many events taking place around the country and around the globe as part of Workers’ Memorial Day, which brings together workers, families, unions, and allies to honor those affected by unsafe working conditions and to advocate for better protections in the workplace. “At least 57 New Jersey workers lost their lives in 2021 and will never come home to their families again,” said Debra Coyle, executive director of WEC. “Many more died from COVID-19 after exposure to COVID in the workplace, but most of those fatalities are not being tracked or documented.” Fatalities from sudden workplace trauma in New Jersey in 2021 included workers who were killed from carbon monoxide poisoning, blunt force to the head and neck, heat exhaustion and [...]

By |2022-04-29T09:25:14-04:00April 29th, 2022|Events, Press Releases|Comments Off on New Labor and NJ Work Environment Council Organize March to Honor Workers Killed, Sick and Injured on the Job

Statement from Healthy Schools Now on Gov. Murphy’s Budget Announcement: $75 million for schools is a good start; Billions needed to create safe schools for 1.2 million+ NJ students

For immediate release – November 19, 2021 Contact: Heather Sorge, hsorge@njwec.org, (908) 310-7874   Statement from Healthy Schools Now on Gov. Murphy’s Budget Announcement $75 million for schools is a good start; Billions needed to create safe schools for 1.2 million+ NJ students The following statement on today’s announcement from Gov. Phil Murphy about funding for New Jersey Schools is from Heather Sorge, Healthy Schools Now organizer with the New Jersey Work Environment Council (NJWEC). “We’re pleased to see that Governor Murphy has identified $75 million in previously appropriated funds that can be used for badly-needed renovations and improvements in New Jersey’s public school buildings. "This is just a small down payment, however, on the billions needed to create safe learning environments in both School Development Authority (SDA) districts and Regular Operating Districts (RODs). For example, the State estimates the cost to fund the next round of major projects in just the SDA districts is close to $2 billion. "For too long, students, teachers and staff in many SDA buildings have been exposed daily to mold, mildew, asbestos, lead and vermin. Lack of indoor air quality is an issue and there is a pressing need to update HVAC systems to reduce exposure [...]

By |2021-11-23T11:12:17-05:00November 23rd, 2021|Press Releases, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Statement from Healthy Schools Now on Gov. Murphy’s Budget Announcement: $75 million for schools is a good start; Billions needed to create safe schools for 1.2 million+ NJ students

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

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

For immediate release –October 25, 2021 Contact: Debra Coyle 609/707-1320 or dcoyle@njwec.org 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. “OSHA has taken many important steps forward this year, after failing miserably to respond to the COVID-19 crisis in our workplaces in 2020. There is a great deal more work to be done, both to address the ongoing pandemic and to reduce the hazards that cause far too many preventable illnesses, injuries, and fatalities in our workplaces. WEC and our labor and environmental partners will continue to advocate for the strongest possible protections for New Jersey workers, families and communities.” The New Jersey [...]

By |2021-10-25T18:01:30-04:00October 25th, 2021|Press Releases|Comments Off on New Jersey Work Environment Council Congratulates Doug Parker, Confirmed Today as New Chief of U.S. OSHA

Legislators Push to End Raids to NJ Transit & Clean Energy Fund

For Immediate Release from Jersey Renews : June 21st, 2021 Contact: Janna Chernetz, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, 908-208-0083, janna@tstc.org Doug O’Malley, Environment NJ, 917-449-6812, domalley@environmentnewjersey.org David Pringle, Clean Water Action, 908-967-1672, dpringle1988@gmail.com Deb Coyle, NJ Work Environment Council, 609-707-1320, dcoyle@njwec.org Legislators Push to End Raids to NJ Transit & Clean Energy Fund Trenton, NJ — As state leaders finalize the budget in the next few days, a bipartisan, bicameral group of a dozen legislators have joined Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s call to end raids to the Clean Energy Fund and NJ Transit’s capital budget (Sen. Weinberg’s public statement can be viewed here). Tapping into the General Fund for a tiny (4%) slice of the $10+ billion surplus stemming from the increased state revenue and federal fund projections would stop the $442 million raid that labor, business, transportation, planning and environmental groups have long called for (a list of these unusual suspects released last month can be found here). Governor Murphy’s campaign promise to end these raids remains unfulfilled and advocates are asking if we can’t end these raids now, when the state is now flush and the future of NJ Transit fare revenue still so troubled, when will we decide to end these raids? Sponsors include [...]

By |2021-06-21T17:12:43-04:00June 21st, 2021|Press Releases, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Legislators Push to End Raids to NJ Transit & Clean Energy Fund

Press Statement: Jersey Renews Thanks Sen. Loretta Weinberg for Supporting Full Transit Funding & An End to Clean Energy Fund Raids

Sen. Loretta Weinberg issued the below statement in support of full funding for New Jersey Transit and an end to Clean Energy Fund raids. (The full statement can also be viewed here.) The full FY22 state budget must be finalized and approved by the end of this month. Senate Majority Leader’s Weinberg’s statement reads: “NJ Transit has been a perennial budget issue thanks to the degradation of service suffered during the Christie Administration. Adequate funding is necessary to maintain service and to make much-needed capital improvements. “I am concerned, though, that the Governor’s proposed budget includes a $273 million reduction in the state’s subsidy to NJ Transit, while leaving in place longstanding transfers from the Clean Energy Fund and NJ Transit’s capital budget. Read the full press release here.

By |2021-06-03T08:07:39-04:00June 2nd, 2021|Highlights, Press Releases, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Press Statement: Jersey Renews Thanks Sen. Loretta Weinberg for Supporting Full Transit Funding & An End to Clean Energy Fund Raids
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