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

Privatizing Public School Custodians and Facility Management
With the average age of New Jersey's public schools at more than 50 years old and with many schools dating back to the turn of the 20th century, we are concerned that custodian privatization will have negative ramifications for the quality of our school facilities.

August 8, 2016
New OSHA Silica Standard Must be Enforced
by Ken Hoffner, Assistant Director, NJ Laborers' Health and Safety Fund and Dan Fatton, WEC Executive Director

Right in the shadow of the New Jersey Statehouse, the workers were dry cutting the sidewalk concrete, unwittingly putting themselves and the public in danger.

August 4, 2016 - The Star Ledger
Will EPA's Updated Chemical Security Rule Make NJ Safer? by John Shinn, Director, United Steelworkers District 4 and Debra Coyle McFadden, WEC Assistant Director

EPA should seize the opportunity to act to protect public safety and the environment from toxic chemical disasters. But will it apply the lessons learned in New Jersey?

WEC in the News

June 25, 2016
Nina Contento/SNJ Today

VIDEO : Big Plans in the Making for the City of Camden
Government officials, businesses, and community members are all coming together to figure out a way to change the future of Camden. The goal is to create job opportunities by the investments made to repair the aging infrastructure of the city.

June 22, 2016
By Brenda Flanagan/NJTV

Video: 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.