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 [...]

Coming Now to a Job Near You!

Coming Now to a Job Near You!

→  October 13, 2010

Why Climate Change Matters for California Workers [A Discussion Paper by the Labor Network for Sustainability; PDF version with footnotes is available here] California is at the forefront of driving the expansion of the clean energy economy. California’s groundbreaking climate law, the Global Warming Solutions Act  — AB 32 — is the most comprehensive climate legislation enacted [...]

Transportation Unions and Climate Change

Transportation Unions and Climate Change

→  April 7, 2010

Transportation is the second biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions after electricity generation.  The US transportation system alone produces more greenhouse gasses than any country in the world except China. About one half of the transportation emissions comes from commercial transportation—trucks, planes, ships, rail, and buses. The other half comes from private automobiles. Serious efforts to [...]