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Heat Wave Prompts Early School Dismissals

  In Plainfield, school’s out early. “It’s good because if we stayed there we would be sweating and melt or something,” said second grader Keyly Portillo. Sweat hardly describes it for Portillo. Mercury reached well above 90 today, making for hazardous conditions in some classrooms. Across the state dozens of school districts called for [...]

By | June 13th, 2017|Highlights, WEC in the News|0 Comments

Hundreds honor Workers’ Memorial Day in New Brunswick

"Hundreds of workers from community organizations, unions and faith-based groups rallied Sunday to observe Workers’ Memorial Day. Despite the Occupational Safety and Health Act, workers continue to find themselves at great risk of exposure to dangerous workplace conditions. In December 2016, Alvaro Esteban of Freehold died on the job at the Edgeboro Landfill in East Brunswick after being [...]

By | April 24th, 2017|Highlights, WEC in the News|0 Comments

New coalition aims to fight climate change in New Jersey under Trump

A new coalition of more than 30 environmental, labor, and community organizations is urging New Jersey lawmakers to do more about the threat of climate change and reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions. Dan Fatton, executive director of the Work Environment Council, said the coalition, called Jersey Renews, is a ray of hope in the [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|Highlights, WEC in the News|0 Comments

NJTV: Concern Over Public’s Right to Access Emergency Response Plans

Dan Fatton, WEC executive director, appeared on NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams to discuss WEC's latest report, ACCESS DENIED. For the interview transcript, please click here. Several clarifications: As noted in the report, an estimated 12 million people live or work within the danger zones of NJ facilities; however, not [...]

By | December 28th, 2016|Highlights, WEC in the News|0 Comments

New Jersey Refinery Concerns Echo Safety Issues in Texas

The Work Environment Council, and the local Teamsters union said they intend to sue the city of Linden because it will not disclose its emergency response plan. The public's right to information about chemical hazards and the plans that address them, mandated by Congress in 1986, has since been undermined by sweeping anti-terrorism laws enacted [...]

By | October 22nd, 2016|WEC in the News|0 Comments

Environmental Justice Climate Policy Event

WEC recently partnered with Greenfaith, Environment New Jersey, and the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance to host a lunch and learn at the Ironbound Community Corporation in Newark. More than 35 grassroots leaders participated in the meeting and ensuing discussion. Aaron Jones of 32BJ SEIU gave an overview of the NY Renews initiative, a broad-based [...]

By | September 27th, 2016|Highlights, WEC in the News|0 Comments

Healthy Schools Now Coalition Meeting

On September 20, more than 25 representatives from diverse labor, educational and community organizations assembled at NJEA headquarters in Trenton, NJ for the inaugural Healthy Schools Now coalition meeting of the 2016-17 academic year. Coalition meeting participants enjoyed a presentation on Governor Christie’s proposed school funding formula from Education Law Center’s managing director Theresa Luhm, [...]

By | September 22nd, 2016|WEC in the News|0 Comments