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Newsletter January 30, 2017
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From the Executive Director's Desk

I was really proud of WEC and our allies this week. After months of organizing, we joined a diverse array of more than 30 New Jersey labor, faith, community and environmental organizations on Wednesday to announce the launch of a new coalition, Jersey Renews, which will press current and future state leaders to increase dramatically New Jersey’s commitment to fighting climate change. The three primary goals of the coalition are:

1. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
2. Increase clean energy
3. Ensure good jobs and protections for workers and communities.

WHYY featured the launch on their Newsworks program, but we really are just beginning our work. We know that climate change is real, it's happening now, and we must do more to address it. In the absence of federal leadership, states like New Jersey have a critical role to fill. We believe addressing climate change is a critical public health and safety issue, and we're proud to have played a role in initiating this new collaboration.
 
Onward,
 
  
Public Need Over Corporate Greed 

We are excited that our first Public Need Over Corporate Greed train-the-trainer session in February is full. However, we are planning to run a second session on March 3 & 4.

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. This 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.

To learn more, please click here, and consider applying today!

Studies on Chemicals Still Necessary: TSCA Update  
 
Although we have already witnessed changes at EPA, we do anticipate that TSCA reform work will continue to move forward. The 2016 reform was passed with bipartisan support.

The Environmental Defense Fund has developed an excellent factsheet on products that contain the ten priority chemicals EPA will be assessing. WEC is working with allies to gather stories of occupational exposure to submit to EPA. The deadline is March 1, 2017. Do you have a story to share about exposure to one of the priority chemicals? Please click here for the list and more information.

For more information, please join our allies in a webinar, 
Help Make TSCA Matter for Workers,
on Tuesday, January 31st at 4 pm EST.
Click here to register!

Exposure to Airborne Silica: OSHA penalty for repeat offender in NJ


On Jan. 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations for one repeat and two failure-to-abate violations against County Concrete Corp.

Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA’s Parsippany Area Office stated: “Our follow-up inspection found that two County Concrete employees were exposed to silica above the permissible limit as they cleaned concrete mixers.” In 2013, OSHA cited this company for these same hazards, “Employers must bear the responsibility of fully complying with respiratory protection requirements to protect the safety and health of their workers.”

OSHA’s final silica rule took effect on June 23, 2016. OSHA estimates that the rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, once its effects are fully realized. The final rule is projected to provide net benefits of about $7.7 billion, annually.

Click here to read more about silica and the final rule
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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