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Stop Governor Christie from Waiving Our Safeguards!
On March 21, 2013, the NJ State Appellate Court ruled to allow the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to issue waivers of important environmental and worker protections. THEY GOT IT WRONG!
But, our Legislators can still override the rule to ensure safeguards that will protect our environment and workplaces.
The DEP's waiver rule sets up a process to let wealthy corporations and individuals simply ignore the law. Thatâ€™s why twenty-eight labor and environmental organizations, including WEC, filed a lawsuit to block the DEP waiver rule.
Governor Christie's Executive Order #2 mandated every state agency to create waivers that would essentially allow them to deregulate themselves. The first agency to enact a waiver rule was the Department of Environmental Protection.
We need our Legislators to uphold safeguards that protect workers, communities, and the environment. Tell your Legislators to override the DEP waiver rule and all future waiver rules.
Forward, Not Back (incorporating Save Our Sensible Safeguards) is a campaign to defeat bipartisan attacks on decades of New Jersey's landmark protection.
August 1, 2012
WAIVERS FOR SALE! DEP's Auction Starts Today
Coalition asks Legislature to stop Governor Christie's Pay-to-Play Policies
August 6, 2012
State begins taking applications to waive environmental rules, angering activists by Megan DeMarco
March 21, 2011 - Philadelphia Inquirer
Environmental Regulatory Shift in N.J. Draws Praise and Concern by Maya Rao
March 8, 2012 -
Environmental and Labor Groups Blast Gov. Christie for Waiver Rule
Press Release from labor and environmental organizations
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 a joint statement.
June 10, 2010 - NJ Spotlight
Spotlight: Oil Worker and Activist: John Pajak (WEC President) by Tom Johnson
June 9, 2010 - The Star Ledger
N.J. Coalition Petitions Lawmakers to Kill Bill Against Tougher Safety, Conservation, Health Rules by Brian Murray
June 9, 2010
Press Release from Save Our Sensible Safeguards
June 7, 011
Press Release from Majority Leader Buono
May 23, 2012 - The Times of Trenton
Opinion: Dow Chemical Fire in PA Exposes Risks of Undermining Safeguards by Cecelia Leto, Program Coordinator for NJ Work Environment Council
April 6, 2012 - Asbury Park Press
Opinion: Let's Stop Waiver Rule Benefiting Favored Few by Joyce Sagi, member of the Executive Board of the Union of Rutgers Administrators (AFT Local 1766) and the Board of Directors of the NJ Work Environment Council
March 31, 2012 - Courier Post (of Camden)
DEP Waiver Rule is a Threat by Debra Coyle McFadden, Assistant Director, WEC
March 7, 2012 - The Record
Opinion: Human Climate in NJ Sacrificed for Better Business Climate by Moriah Kinberg, Campaign Organizer, WEC
February 26, 2012 - The Star Ledger
Opinion: Governor Chris Christie's Corporate Waivers Jeopardize New Jersey by John Pajak, Vice President, Teamsters Local 877 & WEC President
January 13, 2012 - The Star Ledger
Opinion: Stronger Safeguards Needed in N.J. Hospitals, Nursing Homes by Ann Twomey, President, Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) and Chrystal Disant, Health and Safety Chair, HPAE Local 5004 and a member of the WEC Board of Directors
November 15, 2011 - The Star Ledger
Opinion: Gov. Chris Christie Halted Projects to Improve School Safety by Eileen Senn, WEC Industrial Hygiene Consultant
October 23, 2011 - The Record of Bergen County
Opinion: Why We are Better Off with Right-to-Know Laws by Rick Engler, WEC Director
September 21, 2011 - The Star Ledger
Opinion: Corporate Efforts to Remove Workplace Safeguards Threaten Health, Safety, Quality of Life Opinion Piece by John Shinn, Director, District 4, United Steelworkers and a member of the WEC Board of Directors
August 16, 2011 - The Record of Bergen County
Opinion: Job Killing Regulations' Do Nothing of the Sort by John Pajak, Vice President, Teamsters Local 877 and WEC President
June 16, 2011 - Star Ledger
A Conversation with Rick Engler on the Environment
Christie talks a good game, but hasn't delivered much yet.
June 10, 2010 - NJ Spotlight
Opinion: The High Price of Lower Environmental Standards by Michael Catania