Petition Against Keystone XL and Tar Sands Pipeline

[The following petition, initiated by Tar Sands Action, calls on the labor movement to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline.] Dear sisters and brothers: Recently we signed this on-line petition “Labor Movement Against the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline”  and we...

The Keystone Pipeline: Too Dirty for George W. Bush?

[by Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher] The Keystone XL pipeline, recently approved by the US State Department and awaiting President Obama’s declaration that it is in the “national interest,” will carry oil that is too dirty for the US government to...

BP: No Friend of the Oysterman

[By Brendan Smith, original posted on HuffingtonPost] With gallows humor, my fellow oystermen around the country have been passing around a Youtube clip of a 1960 educational film produced by the oil industry entitled “Lifeline to an Oyster.” This reel...

Making Climate Protection Worker-Friendly

by Joe Uehlein “There are no jobs on a dead planet.” That’s how one union leader answered those who say that unions should be concerned only about jobs, and leave the planet to someone else to take care of. Many unions and both labor federations...

GE’s Dirty Green Jobs

[Cross-posted with Huffingtonpost.com] In 2005 General Electric launched their “EcoMagination” campaign, a marketing effort built around selling products that help solve environmental problems and create green jobs. According to GE’s CEO Jeffery...