Five Ways to Bridge the Jobs vs. Environment Gap

Five Ways to Bridge the Jobs vs. Environment Gap

→  May 4, 2013

[by Jeremy Brecher] It happens over and over again.  A company proposes some big project, environmentalists oppose it, but unions say it will create jobs.  Or a government agency proposes new regulations, environmentalists say it will halt pollution, but unions say it will destroy jobs.  The result is billed as a conflict of “jobs vs. the [...]

Do the Math: Invest While We Divest

Do the Math: Invest While We Divest

→  November 21, 2012

[by Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith] Do you want your college tuition or tax dollars invested to increase droughts, storms, forest fires, and crop failures — and an unending series of Katrinas and Sandys?  Or do you want them used to lower greenhouse gases on your campus and in your community? That is [...]

America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy

America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy

→  September 9, 2012

America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy by James Gustave Speth shows that it’s possible to fix our economy, our environment, and our democracy — and that each goes hand-in-hand with the others. As millions of people in the US and billions around the world suffer unemployment and deprivation, those who care about workers instinctively reach [...]

Dirty vs. Green Jobs: Labor’s Keystone Dilemma

Dirty vs. Green Jobs: Labor’s Keystone Dilemma

→  March 12, 2012

[by Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher] These are tough times to be a construction worker in America. While other sectors of the economy are showing signs of life, the unemployment rate in the construction industry is getting worse, not better - rising from 13% to 16% in January. It is against this backdrop [...]