Climate Strikes

What does 400 PPM Mean for American Labor?

[By Joe Uehlein and Jeremy Brecher] In 1940, as Nazi armies marched across Europe, United Automobile Workers Union (UAW) president Walter Reuther made a stunning proposal: Retool the Depression-ravaged auto industry to build 500 planes a year for national defense....

Why Labor Should Back Gina McCarthy for EPA Administrator

[By Jeremy Brecher, Labor Network for Sustainability] American workers need jobs.  They also need protection from chemicals and pollutants that threaten their lives, health, environment, climate, and future.  Gina McCarthy, President Barack Obama's nominee to head the...

Five Ways to Bridge the Jobs vs. Environment Gap

[by Jeremy Brecher] It happens over and over again.  A company proposes some big project, environmentalists oppose it, but unions say it will create jobs.  Or a government agency proposes new regulations, environmentalists say it will halt pollution, but unions say it...

Earth Day, Labor, and Me

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...

Connecticut Group Argues Climate, Jobs Are Not Issues in Opposition

As unemployment and hard times lead many to believe the issue is "protecting jobs vs. protecting the environment," labor, religious, environmental, and community leaders in Connecticut decided to join together proactively to fight for job-creating climate protection...

Patriot Coal Miners ask: “Who’s Going to Stand for Me?”

[by Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith] This is a call for environmentalists and other critics of coal to come to the aid of America's miners. Whenever government protection of workers health and safety or the environment rears its ugly head, America's coal companies...

Making a Living on a Living Planet

March 11, 2014 Agenda: Making a Living on a Living Planet. Michael MacCracken's presentation, "Overview of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report," from the March 11th, 2014 LNS Making a Living on a Living Planet meeting. Robert Pollin and James...