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Phil Brown, Rachel Morello-Frosch, and Stephen Zavestoski

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520270206

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520270206.001.0001

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Labor-Environmental Coalition Formation

Labor-Environmental Coalition Formation

Framing and the Right to Know

(p.189) 11 Labor-Environmental Coalition Formation
Contested Illnesses

Brian Mayer

Phil Brown

Rachel Morello-Frosch

University of California Press

This chapter examines the formation of a cross-movement coalition involving labor, environmental, and community organizations in New Jersey during the 1980s. The New Jersey Right-to-Know Coalition developed in response to community and worker concerns about the risk of contaminant exposure from New Jersey's sizeable chemical industry. Building on the political momentum from a related campaign in Philadelphia, environmental and labor activists in New Jersey made a crucial decision to join forces in their push for regulatory reform of the state's hazardous-material management system. Through this collaboration, they achieved a more sweeping reform than either movement could have achieved on its own. However, this cross-movement coalition experienced significant political challenges when some members attempted to expand the discursive frame and policy goals from the right to know to the right to act.

Keywords:   cross-movement coalition, New Jersey, Right to Know, contaminant exposure, chemical industry, hazardous material management

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