The Network


The Labor Network for Sustainability:
Making a Living on a Living Planet

If you care about the future of the labor movement and you care about the future of the planet the Labor Network for Sustainability needs you and you need the Labor Network for Sustainability.

Labor Network for Sustainability is dedicated to engaging trade unions, workers and our allies to support economic, social, and environmental sustainability. LNS provides a community for those in the labor and sustainability movements and their allies who care about economic justice, ecology, and equality. Our members are helping labor become a force for advancing worker interests – while advancing the broader social good.

The LNS addresses the issues – from climate protection to food security, from economic justice to corporate accountability, from water availability to renewable energy – that will determine whether we have a just and sustainable future.*

LNS founding president Joe Uehlein, former Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO’s Industrial Union Department and member of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ National Advisory Board, says:

For us the idea of sustainability includes but goes beyond the environment to encompass social and economic sustainability as well. The fight against global warming, for example, is really part of a broad shift in society’s principles and vision – a shift from honoring greed to honoring what’s good for the health of the planet and the people on it first and foremost. That’s to the benefit of labor – and it will only happen if labor helps take the lead.

The Labor Network for Sustainability works closely with many unions and with such labor-environmental coalitions as the Blue-Green Alliance and the Apollo Alliance. Our particular role is to connect and inform individuals active at all levels within and allied with organized labor. As an independent network of individuals, we seek to promote an informed but freewheeling discussion in and around the labor movement of what it will really take to create a sustainable future.

Here are a few ways to join the more than four thousand members of our growing community:

  • Join our LNS Network (members receive one or two emails each month alerting them to timely relevant events, posts, and information.)
  • Become a fan on Facebook: (We post most frequently here.)
  • Join our Green Workers Alliance for workers in the green economy.
  • Or just send us an email at: info@labor4sustainability.org

* Addressing the climate crisis and building a more sustainable future is a complex endeavor. At LNS we encourage robust debate and a range of viewpoints amongst our staff. As a result, there are times when public statements and writings of some staff members may not necessarily reflect the official position of the organization as a whole.

What People Are Saying About LNS

“The Labor Network for Sustainability is helping build a vision for the labor movement that sees beyond the bargaining table.  They understand that the lives and livelihoods of workers depend on addressing the climate crisis, and that now is our best — and possibly last — chance to build a more just and sustainable society.” David Bonior, Chair of American Rights at Work and former Congressman (D-MI)

“We need a world that works, in every sense of that word. But it can’t work unless we pay attention to both what science demands and what regular people need. That’s where the Labor Network for Sustainability is playing such a crucial role–it’s a reality check for everyone involved in the fight for the future.” Bill McKibben, Founder 350.0rg

“I am excited to see the network take shape. There is tremendous promise here. In the end labor and environment rise or fall together. We both face the same issue: the need for strong government action to sustain people, jobs, communities and nature.  We need a sustaining economy.” James Gustave Speth, Professor, Vermont Law School and former dean of Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

LNS is a project of Voices for a Sustainable Future which is dedicated to bringing together non-traditional constituencies to achieve a sustainable future for the planet and the people on it. To learn more about VSF visit: www.voicesforasustainablefuture.org

Here’s a video of Executive Director Joe Uehlein talking about why we started the LNS:

Page last updated on June 29, 2011 at 9:13 pm