Climate Strikes

Unions Confronting the Climate Crisis

Sean Sweeney of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy and Jeremy Brecher of the Labor Network for Sustainability discuss the significant labor ferment around the climate crisis. Climate change changes everything: everything about how we organize society, how we conduct...

Why getting arrested to resist the Keystone XL is legally justified

[By Jeremy Brecher, Cross-posted with Waging Nonviolence] Nearly 100,000 people have pledged to risk arrest if the Obama administration appears poised to give approval to the Keystone XL pipeline. While it would be difficult to prove, it seems likely that the specter...

Jobs Beyond Coal

This manual is intended for anyone—communities, unions, environmentalists, native tribes, public officials, and others—involved with or affected by the retirement of coal-fired power plants. It is designed as a guide for those who wish to make the transition away from coal in a way that is most beneficial and least threatening to ordinary workers, consumers, and community members.

Unions backing historical Peoples Climate March

[By Jeremy Brecher]Delegates to Connecticut State Council of Machinists (CSCM) conference at the end of June voted unanimously to endorse and participate in the historic People’s Climate March set for Sunday, September 21, 2014 in Manhattan. This was just the most...

Fixing Bad Chemistry: Jobs, Workers, Toxics

Americans need a good chemical industry. We need a chemical industry that provides safe, well-paid, secure jobs for its workers. That protects the health and safety of the workers and communities it affects. That provides the rest of us safe materials that minimize...

Where Should the Divestors Invest?

[By Brendan Smith, Jeremy Brecher and Kristen Sheeran] The stunning success of the fossil fuel divestment movement has caught many of us off-guard. Almost daily, new universities and foundations are committing to redirecting their endowments from companies that are...

The Working-Class Mini-Revolts of the Twenty-First Century

[By Jeremy Brecher] Forty years ago I published a study of peak periods of American labor conflict - what I dubbed periods of "mass strike" -- called Strike! As I have updated the book for the fortieth anniversary edition, I have had the opportunity to review the...