Climate Strikes

Protecting the Climate

[Third in the series "Labor Goes to Copenhagen] According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a UN-sponsored scientific body that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its work, keeping global temperature within 2 degrees C of historic levels...

A Just Transition

[Second in the series "Labor goes to Copenhagen"] At the core of global labor's strategy for climate protection is the idea of a "just transition" to a low-carbon economy. A just transition means that the burden of change that benefits everyone will not be placed...

Global Warming and Global Labor

[This is the first in a series of LNS posts as representatives of trade unions around the world head off to Copenhagen] While world leaders play the "blame game" for their failure to negotiate a binding climate agreement in Copenhagen, trade unions from around the...

LNS Says Climate Bills Needs Better Worker Protections

The Labor Network for Sustainability (LNS) released a White Paper today arguing that current House and Senate climate bills do not do enough to protect workers, and laying out an alternative strategy for worker protection. The White Paper, Climate Legislation Must...

LNFS Launched Today!

Calling all labor movement climate and sustainability activists: The Labor Network for Sustainability needs you -- And you need it. Are you in the labor movement?  Are you concerned about a sustainable future?  Climate change?  Economic justice?  If so, you should...

Labor’s Stake in Climate Change

Climate change will directly affect most American workplaces not in some theoretical future but in the working lives of those now in the industry.  And their unions will be affected right along with them.  New Orleans was perhaps the most highly unionized city in the...

Will Workers Be Left Behind in a Green Transition?

As Congress gears up to craft much-needed legislation to protect the earth from global warming, many American workers are wondering what it will mean for their jobs. They may be wondering even more if they hear about the House Energy and Commerce Committee's proposal...

Unions Need to Sever All Ties with Anti-Climate Bill Groups

[Cross-posted with HuffingtonPost.com] Under escalating pressure from activists, Nike, the utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric Company, and others have publicly resigned from the US Chamber of Commerce over its opposition to climate protection policies. It's time...

Labor’s changing approach to climate change

Some unions dissented early from AFL-CIO climate policy.  In 1990 the Steelworkers, America's largest and most diversified manufacturing union with a strong history of environmentalism created an executive board committee on environmental issues and issued a policy...