From the Executive Director's Desk

I am happy to announce the search for the Executive Director is over and the WEC Board of Directors has selected me to fill the position. It is humbling to know that an organization that I spent the last 21 years working for has now turned to me to lead it. I look forward to continuing to work with each of you and stand with you as we collectively move the progressive agenda forward in New Jersey.

I want to personally invite you to attend the WEC membership meeting, How to Prepare Workers and Our Communities for Future Climate Disasters, on Wednesday, December 12 from 12pm - 3pm at NJEA Headquarters in Trenton. The key note speaker is Matt Campo from Rutger University.  See the article below for more information. You do NOT need to be a member to attend, but we do encourage you to join WEC.

Finally, I want to thank our sponsors, supporters and  honorees of our Annual Awards Dinner held on Friday, November 30 at The College of New Jersey. To quote our Rising Star Justis Brown, "never give up". WEC will continue to fight for worker, climate and social justice and we know you will too.

In Unity,
Debra Coyle McFadden

2018 WEC Awards Dinner Recap

Thank you so much for those of you who supported the WEC Awards Dinner.  It was wonderful to have so many people celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees. Special thanks to our honorees: 

  • Rev. Dr. Charles F. Boyer, Pastor, Bethel AME Church in Woodbury and Founder, Salvation and Social Justice
  • Dan Fatton, NJ State Director, The Energy Foundation and former WEC Executive Director
  • Bernie Gerard, Jr., Vice President, Health Professionals and Allied Employees, AFT/AFL-CIO
  • Analilia Mejia, Executive Director, NJ Working Families Alliance
  • Rising Star Justis Brown, activist and student in Paterson

Many thanks again. See photos from the dinner here.

WEC Annual Membership Meeting
Wednesday, December 12, 12pm - 3pm
NJEA Headquarters, 180 West State Street, Trenton
Light Lunch Will Be Served

Scientists predict more extreme weather events fueled by climate change. What does this mean for a coastal state like New Jersey that has chemical facilities located in flood prone areas?

Keynote Speaker: Matt Campo, Rutgers University
Using Science, Planning and Policy to Adapt to Future Flood Hazards  

There will also be a panel discussion on the impact of extreme weather events on environmental justice communities and our schools to the workers who ultimately have to clean up the toxic flood waters and general health issues caused by extreme weather from vector diseases to air pollution. The panel will feature: 

  • Valorie Caffee, Board Member, NJ Environmental Justice Alliance 
  • Aaron Kleinbaum, Attorney, Eastern Environmental Law Center
  • Diego Cazar, Organizer, New Labor
  • Norah Langweiler, Organizer, Jersey Renews
Register HereYou do NOT need to be a member to attend, but membership is encouraged. 

Clean $15 

WEC, in our mission to support safe and sustainable jobs and environments for all workers, cannot in good conscious support a minimum wage bill with carve outs. 

Raising the minimum wage is a matter of both public and occupational health and safety. An economy dependent on low wages means an economy dependent on workers who are food insecure, who are impoverished, and who must worry about whether or not they will have access to healthcare. When our workers suffer, our communities, our businesses, and our workplaces suffer.

By carving out farm-workers, youth workers, small business employees, and seasonal workers, the legislature is making a statement that these workers are unworthy of the safety and sustainability that a living wage provides. This deepens a continuing public health crisis.

The legislature should instead support a clean $15 dollar an hour minimum wage bill, with no new carve outs and fully implemented within 5 years. While on the surface this may seem good for workers, this bill implements a long phase in period with severe carve outs for youth workers, farm workers, small business employees and seasonal workers. These workers cannot wait for the security that comes with a living wage.

Take Action
This Monday the New Jersey State Assembly will be discussing a bill for $15 dollar an hour minimum wage. Call your legislators and let them know how critical it is that we pass a clean $15 an hour bill with no carve outs. 


Amazon Sickens Workers

On December 5, Amazons warehouse workers in Robbinsville, NJ were hospitalized after being exposed to bear repellant from a ruptured can. Amazon is an industry leader and has a terrible safety record. Fifty-four workers were treated by EMS and 24 workers required hospital care with one worker being critically injured. It implies a profound lack of safety planning and training. These facilities are enormous and extra emphasis must be placed on worker safety.

This preventable incident is not an isolated event. Amazon has a terrible track record on worker safety.  The National Council on Occupational Safety and Health, which NJ Work Environment Council is the state affiliate,  named Amazon one of its “dirty dozen” companies in a report earlier this year for “a disturbing pattern of preventable deaths”. And here in New Jersey, a worker was killed on the job at Amazon’s Avenel NJ facility in December 2013.

"Workers have a right to a safe and healthy workplace and Amazon needs to invest in safety and do better by their workers," said Debra Coyle McFadden, WEC Executive Director. WEC has recently joined Warehouse Workers Stand Up coalition and will continue to work with our partner to ensure safe working conditions for warehouse workers. 

Preventing Workplace Violence 

Workplace Violence can strike anywhere; no workplace or worker is immune. Nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. Unfortunately, many more cases go unreported.  

WEC can provide FREE onsite training to employers and workers on recognizing hazardous conditions that lead to workplace violence, improving workplace prevention programs, and effective workplace violence committees. 

Have questions? Want to schedule a training? Please contact: Cecelia Leto at (609) 882-6100 ext. 308 or via email at
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WEC Membership Meeting: How to Prepare Workers and Our Communities for Future Climate Disasters
Wednesday, December 12

12pm - 3pm
NJEA Headquarters
180 West State St, Trenton
Light Lunch Provided
Register Here

 WEC is Hiring!
Industrial Hygiene Consultant
Details Here
Individuals and organizations can join WEC & you may 
pay for your membership online.

New year, new membership. 
Please consider joining in 2018!
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