Climate Strikes

Labor, Sustainability, and Justice

Globalization and free-market economics made great promises to create a better life for everyone.  Instead they have produced an economy that is increasingly unjust and unsustainable.  Indeed, they have produced twin catastrophes -- the economic crisis and the climate...

American Labor: A Sustainable Path

By Joe Uehlein This Labor Day, as union membership falls to a mere seven percent of private sector workers and bargaining and political clout shrink to match, two roads diverge for American labor.  One is to attempt to find a niche within an economic-political system...

The Sustainable Seafood Myth

[by Brendan Smith, Original posted by Grist Magazine] Stroll by any Whole Foods seafood counter and you will see color-coded fish: Green for fully sustainable, yellow for partially sustainable, and red for fish threatened by overfishing or grown on polluting fish...

Pipeline Climate Disaster: The Keystone XL Pipeline and Labor

[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...

Are Progressives in Denial About Climate Change?

[by Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher] If you listen to right wing commentators, you might think American progressives are leading the charge to protect our planet from climate change. Would that it were so! All around the country, progressives are fighting to make our...

Cool Comforts–Bargaining For Our Survival

What can — and should– trade unionists do about global warming?

Here is a handbook for union activists that lays out the ways and means for unions to be in the forefront of climate protection both in the workplace and in the public policy arena. It tells how unions can bargain for a greener workplace, how they can make sure that climate transition creates good new jobs, and how they can assure a just transition for workers affected by climate policies.

Prepared by the New Brunswick Union of Public and Private Employees, it draws on the experience of workers in the US and Canada and around the world to lay out practical steps that unions can take right now to combat climate change.

Calling All Artists: The Climate Movement Needs You!

Original Appeared in Grist Magazine, By Brendan Smith and Joe Uehlein Throughout history, artists have joined forces with political movements to battle injustice and demand a better and more beautiful world. Picasso's "Guernica" captured the horrors of the German...

6 Reasons Climate Change is a Threat to America’s Health

By Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher Not worried about climate change? How about the health of you and your family? For decades the public health community has been trying to get us to understand that climate change affects the fundamental requirements for health "“...

Citing Jobs and Environment, More Unions Backing EPA

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...