→ 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 [...]
→ 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 [...]
→ January 18, 2012
[by Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith]
What does the future hold for the relationship between environmentalism and organized labor? Judging from the highly-publicized controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline, America might appear to be entering a new era of conflict over environmental protection versus jobs. But in a recent speech to the UN Investor [...]
→ September 9, 2011
Globalization and free-market economics made great promises to create a better life for everyone. Instead they have produced an economy that is increasingly unjust and unsustainable. Indeed, they have produced twin catastrophes — the economic crisis and the climate crisis. And far from being on the mend, each is getting rapidly worse.
“Labor, Sustainability, and Justice” [...]