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Hurricane Recovery: Resources for Protecting Workers & Residents

WEC has issued critical information with links to resources on how workers and residents can avoid illnesses and injuries during hurricane cleanup and recovery activities. We urge you to prominently reprint the fact sheet in your print and online editions. The list was compiled from federal and state government sources. All links were checked for [...]

By | 2012-11-02T17:53:00+00:00 November 2nd, 2012|Press Releases|0 Comments

WAIVERS FOR SALE! DEP’s Auction Starts Today

Coalition asks Legislature to stop Governor Christie's Pay-to-Play Policies A coalition of labor and environmental organizations held a mock auction of environmental waivers today in front of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to demonstrate how Governor Christie is selling New Jersey's health and environment to benefit big corporations and developers. The coalition is [...]

By | 2012-08-01T17:54:00+00:00 August 1st, 2012|Press Releases|0 Comments

Six Major Labor Organizations Join Lawsuit Against Governor Christie’s DEP; Says He Endangers Public Safeguards

The New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC), which includes major labor unions, as well as community, and environmental allies, announced today at a Trenton press conference that it was joining a lawsuit against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's new "waiver rule". WEC issued this statement: "Gov. Christie's administration is going one agency at [...]

By | 2012-03-22T17:57:00+00:00 March 22nd, 2012|Press Releases|0 Comments

Environmental and Labor Groups Blast Gov. Christie for Waiver Rule

Responding to issuance of a final rule by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) encouraging DEP to grant waivers to corporations seeking to avoid health and environmental safeguards, environmental and labor organizations issued this joint statement: Governor Christie has directed his Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to adopt a "waiver rule" that allows [...]

By | 2012-03-08T18:58:00+00:00 March 8th, 2012|Press Releases|0 Comments

Press Statement In Response to Environmental Protection Agency Action To Force NJ Ambulance Company to Stop Using Toxic Fogger

New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) Director Rick Engler issued this statement responding to EPA's action ordering a New Jersey ambulance company to cease using misting machines to disinfect its vehicles with toxic chemicals that have sickened workers. Go to the EPA Press Release. Go to the New York Times online coverage. See the Press [...]

By | 2011-01-12T19:00:00+00:00 January 12th, 2011|Press Releases|0 Comments

Workers to Help EPA Prevent Chemical Accidents

New EPA Policy Enlists Workers to Identify Hazards During Inspections of Dangerous Facilities A landmark policy issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will for the first time engage employees and their union representatives during environmental inspections of the nation's most dangerous industrial facilities. Front-line workers will assist EPA inspectors by pointing out hazards that [...]

By | 2010-06-23T18:01:00+00:00 June 23rd, 2010|Press Releases|0 Comments

WEC-BGA Letter to EPA Administrator Jackson

The Blue Green Alliance and the New Jersey Work Environment Council, along with more than 100 prominent labor and environmental organizations, are asking U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson to enforce an existing law encouraging worker and union participation during EPA inspections of facilities using extremely hazardous substances. This letter sent to Jackson said allowing [...]

By | 2009-12-03T19:06:00+00:00 December 3rd, 2009|Press Releases|0 Comments