Newsletter May 12, 2016
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From the Executive Director's Desk

On April 24, WEC partnered with New Labor to organize the 2016 Workers' Memorial Day rally and march in New Brunswick. More than 300 workers from community organizations, unions, and faith-based groups gathered to commemorate those who have been killed or injured on the job, and to renew the fight for safe workplaces. One of the most powerful testimonies that day was provided by Mike Hoyt, brother of James "Jamie" Hoyt, and we were honored to be joined by several other members of Jamie's family, including Jamie's sisters Mary Jo Hoyt and Anne Hoyt.


Jamie's family agreed to speak to us about what happened in the hope that future workplace injuries and deaths may be avoided. Unfortunately, this tragedy illustrated all too well how multinational corporations like Verizon shift responsibility to sub-contractors and temp workers, avoiding responsibility for health and safety. 

Please join us to commemorate fallen workers like Jamie and push for prevention to avoid future tragedies. We must continue our fight to demand respect, including safe workplaces and living wages.  

In Solidarity,
Solidarity for the #VerizonStrike 

On May 5, members of the WEC staff attended the national day of action rally for striking Verizon workers at the Statehouse in Trenton. WEC stands with the workers who courageously #StandUp2Vz over cuts to pensions, health benefits, outsourcing of jobs and dangerous subcontracting.

Nationally, 40,000 workers have been on strike since April 13. If you would like to help the workers on strike, here are two ways to demonstrate your support:

Donate to Verizon Striking Families Solidarity Fund,
which will be used exclusively to assist striking families with special needs who are facing very difficult financial circumstances.

Join the Picket Line! Support workers on strike in your town, or join CWA Local 1036, and others at the Hamilton Marketplace, 130 Marketplace Blvd. in Hamilton for a daily shift, 12-2pm or 4-7pm. Please click here to find other events near you. Remember to wear red!
Last Chance to Comment:
EPA Proposed Rule Amending
the Risk Management Program (RMP)

This Friday, May 13 is the deadline to comment on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed amended rule for facilities required to RMP report. This is an opportunity to take a significant step to make industries using extraordinarily hazardous substances safer and more secure. Although WEC commends EPA for issuing the proposed rule, unfortunately, it falls short. The proposed rule requires only a small subset of chemical facilities to conduct a safer technology and alternatives analysis (STAA) exempting entire industries from conducting a STAA even if there are already known safer alternatives. Additionally, there is no requirement for facilities to implement safer alternatives, if feasible. The proposed rule also blocks information on safety reviews from being made available to the public.

Please consider issuing comments to urge the EPA to make the final rule as strong as possible to protect workers and community members. For more information, please contact Debra Coyle McFadden at
Healthy Schools Now:
Building Community Partnerships
for Success Event 

The Healthy Schools Now Coalition will host its annual best practices event this Saturday, May 14th at NJEA Headquarters, 180 West State Street, Trenton. Charles McKenna, Chief Executive Officer of the Schools Development Authority, is the keynote speaker. Less than 20 spaces remain; register today!
Respect Our Right to Know 

For decades, WEC and our allies have won landmark state environmental and worker protection policies. However, since Governor Christie took office, he has attempted to systematically undermine those safeguards through policy changes and enforcement cutbacks, often with bipartisan support from legislators. 

Please sign our petition to Governor Christie to demand he takes the steps necessary to protect our lives, jobs, health, schools, and businesses.
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Thank you to all the members who already renewed their membership. As a reminder, individuals and organizations can join WEC and you may pay for your membership online. If you aren't yet a member, please join today!
Need a speaker for an upcoming event, meeting, or training conference on workplace, environmental, or school safety issues? WEC staff would love to help. Contact Cecelia Gilligan Leto for more information.
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  Isles, Inc.
Case Manager

 NJ Institute for Social Justice
Director of Finance and Operations

 Victoria Foundation
Program Associate
(Two-Year Fellowship)
PSA on working with silica. 
2016 Silica PSA
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