Each year about 135,000 New Jersey workers suffer a job-related disease or injury. New Jersey also has huge environmental problems. We breathe unhealthy air one out of three summer days. Eighty-five percent of our waterways are too polluted for fishing or swimming. We have more than 16,000 toxic waste sites. Many workers toil in dangerous workplaces and much of our population lives near these industries. Yet, despite the widespread fear of job losses, working people and communities are acting together to prevent these hazards.
The New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) is a membership alliance of labor, environmental, and community organizations working for safe, secure jobs and a healthy, sustainable environment. WEC links workers, communities, and environmentalists through training, technical assistance, grassroots organizing and public policy campaigns to promote dialogue, collaboration, and joint action. Formed in 1986, WEC is the nation's oldest state labor/environmental (or "blue/green") coalition.