Newsletter February 16, 2017
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From the Executive Director's Desk

In February, WEC partnered with Les Leopold, author of Runaway Inequality and executive director of The Labor Institute, to conduct our first trainer apprenticeship program. More than 25 participants took part in a two-day training at the Labor Education Center in New Brunswick. Those that took part will now be fanning out across the state, working together to push for social, racial, and economic justice.

Our second training is scheduled for Friday, March 3 & Saturday, March 4. We're still accepting applications, but there are less than five spots left!
This campaign presumes that fundamental social change — in New Jersey and elsewhere in the country — can only be achieved if workers, communities, and environmental organizations join forces to combat the influence of corporations on our lives. We believe this type of long-term education and movement building work is more important than ever as we move into an era in which industry executives and Wall Street financiers are slated to lead our federal agencies and set national policy.
In Solidarity,

EPA's First Ten TSCA Chemicals Review   

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is exercising their new authority under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which amended the outdated (and ineffective) Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). EPA named the first ten priority chemicals for assessment and is tasked with evaluating these chemicals to ensure there is not an unreasonable risk of injury to health.  In determining risk, EPA is required to consider vulnerable populations including: workers, infants, children, pregnant women and the elderly.

WEC is highlighting the chemicals in a series of blog posts with information on how to make your voice heard and tell your story about chemical exposure.

Part One: Asbestos
Part Two:  1-Bromopropane; 1,4-Dioxane; Carbon Tetrachloride 

Working with Labor on Climate 

WEC recently helped launch Jersey Renews, a coalition of labor, community, environmental and faith based organizations pushing for stronger climate policies here in NJ. In an editorial published January 28, The Star Ledger took note: 

“If this is the start of a war on science, climate action must be rekindled in state capitals and through grassroots activism. Consider what happened here Wednesday: New Jersey’s environmentalists banded with labor, community and faith groups to form Jersey Renews, a huge coalition seeking to establish our state as a leader on clean energy issues.

It has to start locally – and immediately – because after just one week of Trump, the EPA has stopped doing science.”

Stay tuned for more information about Jersey Renews, but if you are interested in supporting the effort, please sign this petition. In the meantime, check out the upcoming conference at Raritan Valley Community College and the new course from Rutgers' Labor Education & Research Now.

Urge Your Member of Congress:
Stand Up for First Responders & Public Safety 

Congressman Mullin (R-OK) introduced H.J. Res. 59, under the Congressional Review Act, to reject the revisions to EPA chemical safety rules. The Risk Management Program (RMP) amendments are important improvements to the RMP program that if enacted have the potential to save millions of lives by reducing the risk of a chemical disaster. Now, under pressure from industry, Congress may undo more than three years of work in one vote.

TAKE ACTION: Urge your Representative to stand up for first responders and communities, and vote NO on House Joint Resolution 59.

For more information, see our blog post.

Workers' Memorial Day

Save the Date:
Sunday, April 23, 2017
New Brunswick
More details soon!
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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Fair Housing Test Coordinator
NJ Citizen Action
HSN Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday, March 7

NJPP Progress 2017
Friday, March 10

CLUW Conference
Saturday, March 25
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Keep generators outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
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