Newsletter July 14, 2016
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From the Executive Director's Desk

It seems hard to believe that we're already planning for the 2016 WEC Annual Awards Dinner. As many of you know, this is also WEC's 30th Anniversary, so we'll be celebrating that milestone too.

Please save the date: November 18, 2016. 

This year, we'll be hosting the event at a new location, on the campus of The College of New Jersey. We are looking forward to celebrating WEC's major accomplishments of the last 30 years, but we also want to recognize the promise of the next 30 years. For the first time, WEC will be honoring a Rising Star, a new leader from a labor, community or environmental group, and we would like your help. Please consider nominating someone that deserves recognition. The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 29! 

In Solidarity,
WEC Job Opening
Campaign Organizer

WEC is seeking a campaign organizer to organize and expand a dynamic grassroots advocacy campaign, Stop Runaway Inequality. The campaign will focus on addressing economic inequality, and the outsized influence of corporations, particularly Wall Street firms, which often thwarts progress on a range of policy demands on issues of public health, environmental protection, workers’ rights, civil rights, etc. The campaign organizer will work to build a broad-based alliance and coordinate a large education initiative to train thousands of people, feeding new activists into the movement. Please share the job announcement!

At a press conference at the Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Teaneck, Dan Fatton told those gathered, The costs of a potential disaster are astronomically high and the rail car companies are not currently required to prove they have insurance coverage for worst case disasters, costs which we know will be higher in New Jersey. This bill would be a step in the right direction for information transparency and safety preparedness, but the legislature needs to ensure public access to information and that first responders receive the training they need.

Thank you to our partner community, labor and environment organizations for your efforts to get the out  word out about S806, a bill sponsored by Senators Weinberg, Gordon and Bateman, which would require an owner or operator of high hazard trains to have discharge response, cleanup and contingency plans when transporting certain hazardous materials by rail. The bill passed the State Senate on June 24, and the Assembly version, sponsored by Assemblyman Eustace, will be considered in the Fall. 
To support WEC's Respect Our Right to Know campaign,
please click here and sign the petition.  
Proposed Amendments for
PEOSH Haz Com Standard

Our State RTK law requires that labels be affixed to chemical containers in factories, hospitals, schools, and other workplaces to show the five most predominant ingredients, identified by their real chemical name, not obscure code names. This helps us learn what the chemicals really are and their health and safety effects. 

2012 changes to federal OSHA’s HazCom Standard necessitate the Departments of Labor and Health to revise the PEOSH HazCom standard, which overlaps with the state RTK law. 

WEC is pleased to report that the Departments did not propose any changes that would weaken our State’s strong RTK laws. We do however have a couple of recommendations we request the departments to consider. WEC has drafted recommendations to submit to the Departments and is asking organizations to sign-on. 
To review WEC's comments, please contact Debra Coyle McFadden at 609/882-6100, ext. 306 or via email at

To review the proposed rule or submit your own written comments, please click here.
Assembly Bill 1030, the school temperature control bill that would require each board of education to establish temperature control guidelines and standards for school district facilities was passed overwhelmingly by the New Jersey Assembly Education Committee on June 20th. NJEA Vice President Marie Blistan and Healthy Schools Now Campaign Organizer Jerell Blakeley testified in support of this important piece of legislation. If you are interested in addressing school facilities issues, please email, or click here to sign up for the
Healthy Schools Now quarterly newsletter.  
Panel Discussion: Repairing America
How Camden Invested in Infrastructure
to Create Jobs, Build Sustainable Economy

Monday, July 25th
10 a.m.
Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103

During the Democratic National Convention, join labor and environmental organizations for a discussion about driving infrastructure investment, creating jobs, and building stronger and more resilient cities. Using the success story of Camden as the backdrop for the discussion, elected officials, leaders of local and national labor unions and environmental organizations will discuss the city's economic revitalization and the importance of infrastructure investment in driving a vital and sustainable economy. The panel includes Congressman Donald Norcross, PSE&G COO and President Ralph LaRossa, Utility Workers Union of America National President Mike Langford, and United Association International Representative David Donato. 
RSVP to Linda Nielsen at
by Friday, July 22nd at noon
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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Infectious Diseases
WEC has created a
new fact sheet
Infectious Diseases: 
Healthcare Workers Have a Right to be Protected

For additional information and resources, please visit the WEC website.  
Thank you to all the members who already renewed.

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!
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