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Protecting Workers and Communities – From Below Part 2: There Ought to Be a Law
As key states start reducing their use of coal, oil, and gas, what will happen to the workers who produce, transport, and burn those fossil fuels? The previous Commentary, “Protecting Workers and Communities – From Below: Part 1: On the Ground” described local programs to protect workers and communities from side effects of power plant closings and other climate protection measures. This Commentary portrays state-level programs to guard workers and communities against loss of livelihoods and income from climate protection policies.
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Los Angeles Strike Wins “Climate Champions” in Every School
After a three-day solidarity strike supporting school service workers who belong to SEIU local 99, educators in the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) won a tentative contract agreement that provides a 21% raise. It also included many of the UTLA’s “bargaining for the common good” objectives, including smaller classes, expanding housing for low-income families, special programs for Black students, and curriculum on climate change.
Educators Fight Climate Change
In a new article titled, “Educators Are Standing Up for Healthy Green Schools and a Livable Climate This Earth Week,” two union educators describe how “students, educators, parents, school staff, and community members” around the U.S. are “taking action to demand healthy, green schools.”
Chicago Green New Deal Wins Smashing Victory
In a surprise victory, Brandon Johnson, formerly an organizer for the Chicago Teachers Union, has just won election as Chicago’s mayor. He ran in part on a program for a “Chicago Green New Deal” which includes…
Climate Protection Will Soon Fund Millions of Jobs
According to a new study by the nonprofit Energy Futures Initiative, the Inflation Reduction Act passed last summer will create 1.5 million climate and energy security jobs by 2030 – seven years from now. Over 100,000 will be in manufacturing, with 60,000 coming from battery production alone.