Connecticut AFL-CIO Calls for Collaborative Action to Create Green Jobs and Fight Climate Change

Connecticut AFL-CIO Calls for Collaborative Action to Create Green Jobs and Fight Climate Change

→  September 30, 2013

The Connecticut AFL-CIO has approved a resolution affirming that “climate change poses a direct threat to the well being of the lives and livelihoods of working people in Connecticut, the United States, and the world” and calling for bold action to achieve “a just transition to a clean energy economy that creates green jobs that [...]

What does 400 PPM Mean for American Labor?

What does 400 PPM Mean for American Labor?

→  May 23, 2013

[By Joe Uehlein and Jeremy Brecher] In 1940, as Nazi armies marched across Europe, United Automobile Workers Union (UAW) president Walter Reuther made a stunning proposal: Retool the Depression-ravaged auto industry to build 500 planes a year for national defense.  Many scoffed.  But a huge wartime mobilization put tens of millions of unemployed and underemployed workers [...]

Earth Day, Labor, and Me

Earth Day, Labor, and Me

→  April 22, 2013

By Joe Uehlein The approach of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 provides us an opportunity to reflect on the “long, strange trip” shared by the environmental movement and the labor movement over four decades here on Spaceship Earth. A billion people participate in Earth Day events, making it the largest secular civic event [...]

Labor, Climate, and the KXL: Interpreting the New AFL-CIO Statement on Energy and Jobs

Labor, Climate, and the KXL: Interpreting the New AFL-CIO Statement on Energy and Jobs

→  February 27, 2013

At its just-completed Executive Council meeting, the AFL-CIO issued a new “Statement on Energy and Jobs.” While the statement is broadly in line with past AFL-CIO policy, it is worth close examination by those concerned about our twin crises of climate and economy. To evaluate the significance of this statement, it is important to understand [...]