From the Executive Director's Desk

I have a new appreciation for just how difficult it can be to close a bank account. Thanks to the hard work of our administrative staff, I'm pleased to report that our organization has formally divested from Wells Fargo.

We've been working with several partners on the Public Need Over Corporate Greed campaign for more than a year, and in order to walk the talk, we recognized that WEC should not have funds invested with a Wall Street bank. Our funds are now invested with Amalgamated Bank and the Credit Union of New Jersey. Moving forward, we're hoping to impress upon New Jersey leaders that the state can make similar moves, starting by establishing a state bank for New Jersey. Sign our petition if you agree and stay tuned for more on that.

In the meantime, we still have a few spots available at our next train-the-trainer session. If you want to learn more about the financial strip mining of our economy, and take on Wall Street, apply to participate today!

In Solidarity,
Murphy is in Drivers Seat to Make NJ
Electric-Vehicle Friendly

"Nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions in New Jersey come from the transportation sector. Light-duty automobiles, like a standard family car, remain the dominant source of transportation emissions. But particulate matter from heavy-duty vehicles like diesel trucks for industrial or commercial use and buses for public transportation are a significant source of emissions, and contribute to poor air quality, negatively impacting public health.

In just a few short weeks, Governor Murphy has already taken decisive actions to improve transit in the Garden State. The NJ Transit audit and the recent commitment to bring in new train cars to boost passenger capacity are both wise first steps. However, more must be done to improve transit access, reliability and efficiency, particularly for our bus system, which carries the majority of transit passengers each day."

Read the full opinion-editorial in The Star Ledger by Dan Fatton, Executive Director of WEC and Ray Greaves, State Business Agent and Chairman, NJ State Council American Transportation Union

Public Need Over Corporate Greed

Join us on April 20th and 21st at NJEA Headquarters in Trenton (180 W. State Street) to learn how our economy, and our democracy, have been strip-mined by financial institutions. This intensive training will involve materials developed by WEC and Les Leopold, author of Runaway Inequality and director of The Labor Institute.

Join the 65 activists we've already trained who are working across Jersey to share this content within their organizations, spreading the word to fellow activists, and ultimately building a movement. Deadline is approaching. Space is limited to 20 participants. Apply today!

Oil Train Safety Bill Progress 

The Oil Train Safety bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Weinberg, was reintroduced this legislative session. On March 12, S1883 was approved by the NJ Senate Transportation Committee. The bill requires transparency from railroads about what is moving through our communities and requires them to file with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection spill response plans in case of a derailment. It also provides for comprehensive training of emergency responders in every community along a route.

Debra Coyle McFadden, WEC Assistant Director, testified on behalf of WEC about the importance of this bill and the need to guarantee right to know provisions.

Preventing Chemical Exposures: 
FREE Training Program

Please join WEC on Tuesday, May 15 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm to learn about Preventing Chemical Exposures. The training is FREE and you will learn about assessing chemical hazards and understanding safety data sheets, identifying safety system failures, and OSHA's HazCom standard. 

Seating is limited and pre-registration is required

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Economic development and environmental protection can happen hand in hand
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