Press Releases

October 15, 2015
NJ Work Environment Council Names Dan Fatton as Executive Director
The NJ Work Environment Council (WEC) has selected Dan Fatton, an environmentalist, community activist and fundraiser as its new Executive Director. Fatton was selected after the WEC Board and search committee completed a nationwide search.

July 15, 2015
The NJ Work Environment Council, NJ Industrial Union Council, and 25 other Environmental, Labor and Community Organizations Applaud NJ Supreme Court Decision Upholding State's Whistleblower Law

The NJ Supreme Court ruling today in Lippman v. Ethicon assures that the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) will remain a viable statute. The court rejected the argument that employees would not have whistleblower protection if identifying health and safety issues is part of their regular job duties.


December 9, 2014
New Research Report Details How Gov. Christie Helps Oil, Chemical, and Railroad Companies Cover Up Potential Catastrophes

Governor Chris Christie has failed to carry out his legal responsibility under federal law for ensuring that the public has access to up-to-date Emergency Response Plans (ERPs). Every New Jersey county and municipality must have an ERP in order to prepare for chemical plant or oil train emergencies.

Opinion Pieces

July 18, 2015 - Star Ledger
N.J. Supreme Court Right to Uphold Protection for Whistleblowers in the State by Andrew Dwyer, an attorney in Newark at The Dwyer Law Firm and Debra Coyle McFadden, interim director of the New Jersey Work Environment Council.


July 5, 2015 - Courier-Post
Shed Light on Crude Oil Shipments by Dominick Marino, President, Professional Firefighters Association of NJ & WEC Board Member and Debra Coyle McFadden, WEC staff

Should corporate secrecy come before protection of human lives? That question was raised dramatically by four events recently involving railroad safety, including the deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia.

April 7, 2015 - Star Ledger
Growing Number Of Oil Train Accidents Should Be A Wake Up Call For Christie Administration by Jeffrey Moran, Retired Woodbridge Fire Captain and Janice Selinger, WEC Staff

Under the federal law, the Christie administration must ensure that every county and municipality has an up-to-date emergency response plan that is accessible to the public.

January 8, 2015 - Star Ledger
NJ Supreme Court Should Protect Workplace Whistleblower
by David Tykulsker, WEC General Counsel and Attorney in Montclair

WEC in the News

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.

December 10, 2014
By Scott Fallon/The Record

Group Concerned about Crude Oil on Railways Seeks Access to Emergency Plans
Labor and environmental groups on Tuesday called on the Christie administration to ensure that the public can review local emergency management plans, a concern because large quantities of volatile crude oil are being transported on railways through towns in Bergen County and elsewhere in New Jersey.

December 10, 2014
By Tom Johnson/NJ Spotlight

State Policy on Emergency Response Puts Residents in Harm's Way, Report Says

The Christie administration is failing to ensure the public has access to up-to-date emergency response plans for nearly a hundred facilities handling extremely hazardous chemicals, according to a labor and environmental organization.

November 26, 2014
By Pei-Sze Cheng and Ann Givens/NBC 4 New York

Video: Many Communities in Chemical Risk Zones Are Unaware of the Dangers
"There are hundreds of facilities in New Jersey that use hazardous substances that can affect workers and the community," said Rick Engler, director of the New Jersey Work Environmental Council.