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 [...]

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 [...]

Unions call for Science-Based Reductions in Greenhouse Gases

Unions call for Science-Based Reductions in Greenhouse Gases

→  January 15, 2010

Over the past couple of years, the American labor movement has become an enthusiastic supporter of expanding “green jobs” that fight global warming. But policies to reduce carbon emissions to levels scientists say are safe have been a harder pill to swallow. Now, in a significant breakthrough, three significant unions have come out [...]