Climate Strikes

Making Climate Protection Worker-Friendly

by Joe Uehlein "There are no jobs on a dead planet." That's how one union leader answered those who say that unions should be concerned only about jobs, and leave the planet to someone else to take care of. Many unions and both labor federations hailed Barack Obama's...

The Last Oyster Haul?

By Brendan Smith Thanks to greenhouse gas emissions, it's looking like my days as a commercial fisherman are numbered. I've been working the sea on-and-off my whole life. At 15 years old I quit high school to work the lobster boats out of Lynn, MA; later I fished cod...

Transportation Unions and Climate Change

Transportation is the second biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions after electricity generation.  The US transportation system alone produces more greenhouse gasses than any country in the world except China. About one half of the transportation emissions...

Labor and the Challenge of Climate Change

Today the American labor movement"”like the rest of American society and like labor movements throughout the world"”is being forced to grapple with climate change and climate change mitigation.  Organized labor's approach to climate change is primarily employment...

The Building Trades and Climate Change

[This is the first in a series of posts designed to provide a strategy for addressing organized labor's stake in climate change.  Its goal is to provide activists inside and outside the labor movement with the information they need to help shape effective, worker...

GE’s Dirty Green Jobs

[Cross-posted with Huffingtonpost.com] In 2005 General Electric launched their "EcoMagination" campaign, a marketing effort built around selling products that help solve environmental problems and create green jobs. According to GE's CEO Jeffery Immelt "Our...

Talking to Labor About Climate Change

[LNS has been hearing from members that some in the environmental movement have been struggling with how to talk with labor allies about climate change.  So we decided to put together some talking points to help enviros jump start these vital conversations.  Next up...

Why Green Jobs Should Be Union Jobs

By Joe Uehlein, Labor Network for Sustainability [PDF version of this report is available here] Thousands of "green jobs" have been created by President Obama's stimulus package; millions more will be created by proposed climate legislation; tens of millions will be...

Labor and Climate Change: A Briefing Paper for Activists

by Tim Costello and the Labor Network for Sustainability [PDF version of this report is available here] ["Labor and Climate Change" is a briefing paper that provides activists inside and outside the labor movement a way to understand the interests and concerns of...

Unions call for Science-Based Reductions in Greenhouse Gases

Over the past couple of years, the American labor movement has become an enthusiastic supporter of expanding "green jobs" that fight global warming. But policies to reduce carbon emissions to levels scientists say are safe have been a harder pill to swallow. Now, in a...