After many months of Republican stonewalling the HEROES Act, in December, Congress finally passed a totally inadequate bill to address the hardship of people hit by the COVID-19 depression. Now newly elected president Joe Biden is proposing new legislation–aptly dubbed the Rescue Act.
The Biden administration is preparing its Build Back Better program. The initial focus will undoubtedly be on recovery–from both the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis. But Build Back Better opens the possibility for major commitments both to climate protection and to protection of worker rights and racial justice.
There is a massive pipeline underway in northern Minnesota that violates Indigenous rights and would carry the pollution equivalent to 50 coal power plants. Sign the petition to call for the immediate stop of Line 3
Labor-climate advocates in Connecticut have just proposed a Climate and Community Investment Act. Modeled on a similar bill in New York, its goal is to be sure green jobs created in Connecticut are good jobs, and that they are filled by Connecticut workers. Advocates describe it as an economic relief bill.
A project of the Partnership for Working Families, the Green Workers Alliance was recently launched to organize current and potential “green workers” to win policies that can create good jobs by fighting climate change.
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has announced that New York State’s Common Retirement Fund, valued at over $226 billion, will decarbonize by 2040. The plan includes interim trajectory goals, rigorous reporting, staff hiring, and transparency.
On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), for which Burrow is General Secretary, hosted a conversation between youth climate activists and national and international trade union leaders from Australia, Belgium Germany, India, Ireland, the Philippines, and the European Union.
Congressional candidate Mike Siegal may have lost the 2020 congressional election in Texas’ 10th district, but the video above posted by Sunrise Movement shows why he won the support of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 520 and the Texas AFL-CIO...
The climate plan released by Joe Biden in August presents a wide-ranging program for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The previous commentary, “The Biden Climate Plan: Part 1: What It Proposes” summarizes that plan. This commentary identifies the points of conflict on climate policy and related social policies that are likely to emerge within a Biden administration. It concludes by assessing how advocates of a Green New Deal can take advantage of the Biden program to fight for a climate-safe, worker-friendly, socially-just outcome.
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