October 10, 2013
Five Years After State Rules Were Adopted...Thousands of Jobs and Millions of Residents Still at Risk from Major Toxic Chemical Disaster; Industry and Gov. Christie Have Failed to Act
New Jersey jobs and millions of residents are still at risk from toxic chemical disaster - five years after the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under former Gov. Jon Corzine adopted rules to implement the NJ Toxic Catastrophe Prevention Act that were supposed to drastically reduce that risk.
June 18, 2013
Press Release from National Committee for Occupational Safety Health
After Spate of Fatal Chemical Plant Explosions, Legislation Needed to Tighten Safety and Security
Given last week's two deadly chemical plant explosions in Louisiana, not to mention April's fatal explosion at a fertilizer storage facility in West, Texas, new federal legislation tightening chemical plant safety and security is needed, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) said today.
June 3, 2013
Statement from New Jersey Work Environment Council on the Passing of U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg
WEC Director Rick Engler issued the following statement on learning of the death of U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg: "Frank Lautenberg was a powerful champion in our state and nation whose interest was always to protect the health and safety of workers, people, and the public.
December 27, 2013
Amazon.com Worker's Death Sheds Much-Needed Light on Worker Safety by John Pajak, Vice President, Teamsters Local 877 & WEC President and Marien Casiallas Pablen, Executive Director, New Labor and WEC Board Member
We may not know for several months exactly how a temporary worker died this month at Amazon.com's distribution center in Avenel, but there is already a lot we know about how companies like Amazon exploit temps and too often fail to protect them from physical danger.
January 23, 2014
NBC Nightly News Exposes Horrendous Conditions at Trenton High School
This national media coverage would not have happened without the hard work that the Trenton community and Healthy Schools Now Coalition has done to raise awareness about the deplorable conditions in our schools.
October 31, 2013
By Rebecca Klein/Huffington Post
Yes, Some NJ Students Have to Go to Schools That Look Like This
Students at New Jersey's most resource-starved public schools walk down hallways covered in mold, take tests in asbestos-filled classrooms and trod across floors peppered with rodent droppings.
October 24, 2013
By Jenna Pizza/The Times of Trenton
Judge tells SDA, school board to agree to new schedule for repairs to Trenton Central High School
While the latest developments in the courthouse drama over Trenton High were playing themselves out, less than a mile away protesters launched a fresh demonstration in support of rapid improvements at the city school and others in similar plight around New Jersey.
October 10, 2013
By Rebecca Forand/South Jersey Times
NJ Work Environment Council says chemical risks still abundant throughout the state
The New Jersey Work Environment Council released a new study of how the state's industries are faring when it comes to reducing the risk of environmental disaster, and they called for more action from Trenton in encouraging businesses to adopt safer practices.
June 28, 2013
by Salvador Rizzo/The Star Ledger
Urban Schools in Dire Need of Repairs, 43 Groups Tell Christie by Salvador Rizzo
A coalition of 43 religious, minority, parent and union groups is urging Gov. Chris Christie to speed up school repairs in the state's poorest cities, where they say dozens of public schools have fallen into disrepair.
Hundreds of projects in Newark, Irvington, Trenton and other cities have been frozen for years and Christie should fast-track them this summer before children return to school, the groups wrote in a letter to the Republican governor this week.
View the letter to Governor Christie
April 26, 2013 - ABC7
By Jim Hoffer/The Investigators (video)
Safety at Refinery Called into Question
Teamsters Local 877 President Doc Doherty explains why he's concerned about the safety of Phillips 66 workers and the community living around the plant. (Teamsters Local 877 is a member of WEC.)
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