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NJ Releases New Guidance on Mercury-Laced Floors – Will It Help?

Photo Credit: New Jersey Education Association It's uncertain how many school gymnasium floors in New Jersey are emitting a level of mercury vapor that's unsafe for the students and adults who come in contact with them daily. While new guidance from the state aims to get a better idea of the problem's [...]

By |2020-02-24T14:46:43-05:00February 24th, 2020|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on NJ Releases New Guidance on Mercury-Laced Floors – Will It Help?

WEC in the News! Press Release from Andy Kim’s Office: Congressman Kim Votes to Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers from Workplace Violence

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) voted to pass bipartisan legislation that would protect health care and social service workers from workplace violence, which has increased by 69 percent over the past decade according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics. “Our health care and social service workers do amazing work every day, but too [...]

By |2019-11-22T12:57:05-05:00November 22nd, 2019|Press Releases, WEC in the News|Comments Off on WEC in the News! Press Release from Andy Kim’s Office: Congressman Kim Votes to Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers from Workplace Violence

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 |2019-07-10T13:00:34-04:00July 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 |2019-07-03T08:06:38-04:00July 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 |2019-07-02T09:59:59-04:00July 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 |2019-07-02T09:45:20-04:00June 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 |2019-07-02T09:45:45-04:00May 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 |2019-05-13T15:12:09-04:00December 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 |2018-04-05T09:17:37-04:00April 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 |2018-03-13T09:26:24-04:00March 13th, 2018|Highlights, WEC in the News|Comments Off on NJ Senate Revives Weinberg’s Oil Train Transparency Bill Chris Christie Vetoed