Environmentalists Stand With Union Workers

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STATE – On a day when labor unions are staging a rally in Trenton in support of Wisconsin public employees, the New Jersey Sierra Club says it stands in solidarity with them.

“Today we are all Cheeseheads. What happens to workers in Wisconsin effects workers across the country. The rollbacks on environmental protections in Wisconsin are the same rollbacks they are trying to do in New Jersey and other places across the nation,” said Jeff Tittel, director of the NJ Sierra Club.

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The Sierra Club is joining the rally in Trenton not just to support Wisconsin but New Jersey state workers and environmental policies that are coming under attack.

The New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protections has seen its budget shrink by one-third in the last three years, according to the Sierra Club. In the mid-90s the DEP had 4400 employees but is now down to 2800 staff members. Park staff has shrunk from 875 in the mid-90s to 450 today but the amount of open space they steward has doubled.

“The attacks on state workers are attacks on the environment because these are the people that work everyday to make sure our air and water is clean and our parks are open,” Tittel said.


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