Climate Strikes

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...

Should We Remain Silent About Climate Change?

by Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher To talk of climate change or not to talk of climate change -- that is the question. For the last several years many of the biggest players in the climate movement have argued that to save the planet we need to purge the words...

Obama Needs a Just Transition Taskforce

President Barack Obama recently established a Presidential Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He told the first meeting, "The biggest challenge we're seeing right now is that unemployment is way too high." He asked them to come up with "some concrete deliverables"...

New Study Reveals the Benefits of EPA Regulation for Labor

You can hear the echo chamber reverberate the talking points: "¢    The Independent Petroleum Association of America complains that drilling permits and pollution are curbing job growth. "¢    The head of the National Association of Manufacturers and the governor of...

The Durban Challenge

How Unions Can Help Secure a Binding Global Climate Agreement in 2011 By Sean Sweeney [Editor's Note: The international trade union movement has given little-heralded but significant support for a deal that protects the earth's climate while providing a "just...

Climate Protection Strategy: Beyond Business-­as-­Usual

[With the defeat of US climate legislation, the stalling of international climate negotiations, and the rise of tea party climate denialism, is climate protection doomed?  LNS's discussion paper, "Climate Protection Strategy: Beyond Business-as-Usual," presents a...