Pipeline Climate Disaster: The Keystone XL Pipeline and Labor

Pipeline Climate Disaster: The Keystone XL Pipeline and Labor

→  June 29, 2011

[by Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith] More than two million American construction workers — nearly one in five — are currently unemployed. Factories that produce building materials are operating at only half their capacity. So when a private company proposes a project that it claims will spur the creation of [...]

Labor and Climate Change: A Briefing Paper for Activists

Labor and Climate Change: A Briefing Paper for Activists

→  January 28, 2010

by Tim Costello and the Labor Network for Sustainability [PDF version of this report is available here] ["Labor and Climate Change" is a briefing paper that provides activists inside and outside the labor movement a way to understand the interests and concerns of different segments of organized labor in climate change issues.  It was the last major [...]

Labor’s changing approach to climate change

Labor’s changing approach to climate change

→  April 30, 2009

Some unions dissented early from AFL-CIO climate policy.  In 1990 the Steelworkers, America’s largest and most diversified manufacturing union with a strong history of environmentalism created an executive board committee on environmental issues and issued a policy statement saying that global warming “may be the single greatest problem we face. Some have compared its possible [...]