Earth Day, Labor, and Me

Earth Day, Labor, and Me

→  April 22, 2013

By Joe Uehlein The approach of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 provides us an opportunity to reflect on the “long, strange trip” shared by the environmental movement and the labor movement over four decades here on Spaceship Earth. A billion people participate in Earth Day events, making it the largest secular civic event [...]

Keystone XL opponents need a jobs program

Keystone XL opponents need a jobs program

→  February 2, 2012

[by Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher; crossposted with Grist] Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are taking a well-deserved victory lap. The Obama administration’s decision to reject TransCanada’s pipeline proposal — at least for now — represents an historic win for the environmental movement, and reveals the potency of the emerging alignment [...]

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 [...]

Citing Jobs and Environment, More Unions Backing EPA

Citing Jobs and Environment, More Unions Backing EPA

→  April 21, 2011

by Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith At the start of 2011, as the energy corporations, the US Chamber of Commerce, and the Tea Party right launched their assault on environmental protection and the EPA, it looked like public opinion and organized labor might just be swept along. Instead, much of the public and the labor [...]