The transition to a climate-safe economy will produce millions of new jobs. But it will also require the elimination or transformation of millions of jobs—and any job is important if it is your job. Such job loss will affect not just individual workers, but also whole localities and regions.
Labor Network for Sustainability Policy and Research Director Jeremy Brecher has just published “No Worker Left Behind: Protecting Workers and Communities in the Green New Deal” in the New Labor Forum.
It provides the first review of “just transition” provisions in the recent proposals of presidential candidates and other figures designed to protect workers and communities against side effects of a climate-protecting Green New Deal. It identifies policies that could be actionable by Green New Deal programs at national and state levels—proposals that are or could be readily translated into legislation and executive orders.