The New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) honored NJEA President Marie Blistan at its 2019 Awards Dinner at The College of New Jersey.

Blistan was honored alongside other labor, environmental, and community leaders at the annual event. She is one of the founding members of the Healthy Schools Now Coalition and was recognized for her history of leadership in ensuring safe and healthy working and learning conditions for educators and students across New Jersey.

WEC Executive Director Debra Coyle McFadden expressed her appreciation for Blistan’s efforts.

“Marie’s focus as NJEA President is for all its members to continue to take the lead on the discussion of New Jersey’s education progress in order to provide the best experience possible for all public school children,” McFadden said. “Our organizations have worked together for more than 15 years, and I want you to know how much we value it and how much we appreciate your leadership. Marie stands on the side of justice and fairness.”

Blistan explained that she humbly accepted the award on behalf of the members she proudly represents.

“We don’t just nurture and educate children, we are charged with the responsibility of protecting them,” said Blistan. “We are experts in teaching and in learning, but we are not experts in these other areas, and if it were not for WEC, who has provided the experts and the advocates, we would not be able to do this alone. To me, WEC is the unsung hero for all of us. It has been WEC that has enabled us to stand up and do the right thing, to stand up and do what needs to be done. We congratulate WEC and all of our members who do this work every single day.”

WEC is frequently a partner with NJEA, providing guidance to local associations facing workplace safety and health issues. WEC also provides training to NJEA members at local and county association events and at statewide conferences. WEC writes a monthly column on health and safety issues in the NJEA Review.

WEC is an alliance of labor, community, and environmental organizations working together for safe, secure jobs, and a healthy, sustainable environment. WEC links workers, communities and environmentalists through training, technical assistance, grassroots organizing, and public policy campaigns to promote dialogue, collaboration, and joint action.

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