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No Easy Way to Tell if Your Kid’s Gym Floor is Laced with Mercury

It's unclear exactly how many school gymnasium floors in New Jersey have the potential to emit toxic mercury vapor over time, or are already doing so. But the state can be sure of one thing now: no future Schools Development Authority projects will include floors that contain a mercury catalyst, which can lead to harmful effects [...]

By |2019-07-10T13:00:34-05:00July 10th, 2019|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on No Easy Way to Tell if Your Kid’s Gym Floor is Laced with Mercury

US Senator Booker Alerts Agencies about Mercury Hazard in Schools

Thanks to the work of Healthy Schools Now, New Jersey Education Association, Mom's Clean Airforce and WEC, US Senator Cory Booker is calling for an investigation into potentially hazardous emissions from flooring that has been widely installed in public spaces across the country since the 1960s. Some synthetic rubberized floors found in schools, hospitals, [...]

By |2019-07-03T08:06:38-05:00July 3rd, 2019|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on US Senator Booker Alerts Agencies about Mercury Hazard in Schools

Investigations, criminal allegations and a lawsuit: Dysfunction reigns at school authority

The NJ Schools Development Authority(SDA)has no funding for new projects and no plan to secure money to support its future. But there is plenty of work to be done. The Education Law Center has identified 381 additional major construction projects in the state’s 31 so-called SDA districts, not to mention hundreds more pending applications [...]

By |2019-07-02T09:59:59-05:00July 2nd, 2019|WEC in the News|Comments Off on Investigations, criminal allegations and a lawsuit: Dysfunction reigns at school authority

Statement from WEC on BPU Announcement on Offshore Wind

Bravo New Jersey for leading the nation in offshore wind development. Today the Board of Public Utilities announced the winner of the country's largest offshore wind project. Orsted will be building the 1,100MW project, called OceanWind, which will bring clean energy to approximately 500,000 homes. Thank you to Governor Murphy for his vision and commitment [...]

By |2019-07-02T09:45:20-05:00June 21st, 2019|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Statement from WEC on BPU Announcement on Offshore Wind

WEC Statement on Alden Leeds Fire

The threat of a catastrophic chemical release remains a major vulnerability for New Jersey.  Every year, chemical releases, fires, and explosions claim lives and threaten residents’ health across the nation.  New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country, nestled between New York City and Philadelphia, and has one of the highest [...]

By |2019-07-02T09:45:45-05:00May 18th, 2019|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on WEC Statement on Alden Leeds Fire

Bear Spray Incident at NJ Amazon Warehouse Shine Light on Safety Record

Internet giant Amazon was urged by a worker advocacy group weeks ago to give workplace safety its urgent attention. After a bear spray can fell off a shelf and discharged at an Amazon warehouse in Robbinsville, sending two dozen workers to the hospital, The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health said the company needs to do [...]

By |2019-05-13T15:12:09-05:00December 5th, 2018|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Bear Spray Incident at NJ Amazon Warehouse Shine Light on Safety Record

Offshore Wind Farm Could Create 75,000 More Jobs, Report Finds

A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) says that new offshore wind farms in coastal states could create more than 75,000 jobs. “This report underscores a major opportunity to not only put people to work installing those turbines, but also to create a [...]

By |2018-04-05T09:17:37-05:00April 5th, 2018|WEC in the News|Comments Off on Offshore Wind Farm Could Create 75,000 More Jobs, Report Finds

NJ Senate Revives Weinberg’s Oil Train Transparency Bill Chris Christie Vetoed

The New Jersey Senate Transportation Committee approved an oil train transparency bill on Monday, reviving an effort that had been stymied by former Gov. Chris Christie. The legislation, S-1883, would require railroads to develop oil spill response plans in case of a derailment. The bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck, would also [...]

By |2018-03-13T09:26:24-05:00March 13th, 2018|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on NJ Senate Revives Weinberg’s Oil Train Transparency Bill Chris Christie Vetoed

Bloomfield Mayor Venezia Joins Mayors of other Earned Sick Day Towns to Call for Statewide Action

Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia joined the mayors of Jersey City, Montclair, Newark, Passaic, Morristown, and Plainfield, to call for statewide legislative action to extend coverage to all New Jersey workers; Each of these municipalities have earned sick day policies in place. "Ensuring that all workers in New Jersey have access to earned sick days [...]

By |2018-03-02T12:30:36-05:00February 26th, 2018|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Bloomfield Mayor Venezia Joins Mayors of other Earned Sick Day Towns to Call for Statewide Action

Many Poor Schools in New Jersey are Overcrowded

Two-thirds of low-income school districts in New Jersey don't have adequate space to serve their students, according to a report by the NJ Department of Education (DOE). "The report makes clear the enormous unmet needs in the SDA districts, and the continued failure of the current administration to address overcrowding and educational adequacy," said Jerell [...]

By |2017-12-06T17:32:39-05:00November 23rd, 2017|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on Many Poor Schools in New Jersey are Overcrowded