Press Releases

June 22, 2016
Labor, environmental and community organizations join Senator Weinberg calling for oil train bill

Legislators and an alliance of concerned groups rallied to call for passage of legislation that would require transparency so the public would know about high hazard cargoes traveling through their communities.

June 8, 2016
Congress passes Toxic Substances Control Act reform

Last night the Senate passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. This legislation reforms the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and gives the Environmental Protection Agency new tools to require chemical testing and restrict dangerous chemicals.

March 31, 2016
OSHA Issues Final Rule on Crystalline Silica

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has mandated new limits on exposure to silica dust. Workers may be exposed to silica on the job in construction, mining, shipbuilding and other industries.

Opinion Pieces

April 17, 2016 - Home News Tribune
Worker Safety Deserves More Attention by Lou Kimmel, Executive Director, New Labor & WEC Board Member and Dan Fatton, WEC Executive Director

Every day 12 people leave but don't come back to their loved ones. Yet, often these personal disasters and tragedies could have been avoided if safety on the job actually was the priority.

February 19, 2016 - Star Ledger
Christie puts Public's Safety at Risk by Blocking Information
by Dominick Marino, President, Professional Firefighters Association of NJ and Dan Fatton, WEC Executive Director

The governor continues to shirk his responsibility by not respecting our right to know, denying access to emergency response plans.

WEC in the News

June 22, 2016
By Brenda Flanagan/NJTV

Lawmakers Want More Transparency with Trains Carrying Crude Oil
State lawmakers and advocates called a news conference to support right-to-know bills designed to enhance oversight of crude oil trains barreling across New Jersey. One directs that towns be given travel schedules and that everyone along those routes can access detailed disaster response plans.

June 22, 2016
By Cheryl O'Brien/Teaneck Suburbanite

State Officials Hold Conference on Oil Train Bill

State officials and local advocates met in front of Benjamin Franklin Middle School just steps away from the railroad tracks this morning to discuss a bill proposed by State Senator Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck, that would increase transparency and accountability for the public regarding trains carrying volatile Bakken crude oil.

July 15, 2015
By Brent Johnson/The Star Ledger

'Watchdog' Employees can Seek Whistleblower Protections, NJ Supreme Court Rules
Workers whose job is to monitor whether their employer complies with standards and regulations are not barred from whistleblower protections under a state law designed to prevent retaliation against employees who speak out, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

May 27, 2015
By Brenda Flanagan/NJTV

Healthcare Workers Push fror Greater Workplace Safety (Video)

Workers in New Jersey recently protested against on-the-job hazards that can significantly harm or even kill employees. In 2013, workplace violence kept an average of four employees per 10,000 off the job in the private sector, but four times that many health care workers lost time at work - and it's trending up from the year before.

July 16, 2015
By Tom Johnson/NJ Spotlight

State's Top Court Rules Whistleblower Law Extends to Watchdog Employees

Workers whose job is to evaluate health and safety issues are less vulnerable to being fired for telling truth to employers. The New Jersey Supreme Court yesterday widened the state's whistleblower law, ruling that employees whose jobs entail identifying helath and safety risks are entitled to protection under the statute.