Green New Deal News

Union Members Overwhelmingly Support the Green New Deal

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (center) speaks on the Green New Deal with Senator Ed Markey (right) in front of the Capitol Building in February 2019. Credit: Senate Democrats.

Want a Model Climate Resolution for Your Union?

Many unions are considering resolutions on climate change. Here’s one just passed by the local executive board of the Rutgers University AAUP-AFT, that endorses the Green New Deal, demands that Rutgers develop a climate action plan to be carbon neutral, and proclaims...

Poll Shows Union Members Support the Green New Deal Nearly Three to One

A poll by YouGov Blue on behalf of Data for Progress shows brought support for the Green New Deal from union members.

Labor-Environmental Alliance Calls for Climate Solidarity

The Blue-Green Alliance, which unites large labor and environmental organizations, recently released the statement “Solidarity for Climate Action.”

Brecher on Future of the Climate Movement

A recent article by LNS Research and Policy Director Jeremy Brecher in the Great Transition Forum argues that the climate movement has entered a new historic phase, pioneered by the Sunrise Movement, the Student Strike for Climate, and the Extinction Rebellion and expressed in the massive activity around the Green New Deal.

The Third National Labor Convergence on Climate, Chicago, June 28-23, 2019

The Labor Network for Sustainability held its Third National Labor Convergence on Climate in Chicago, June 28-29. The theme was “Strengthening Labor’s Voice to Help Shape Green New Deal.”

Some Tough Questions about the Green New Deal

Few ideas have provoked more discussion than the GREEN NEW DEAL (GND). Basically, the GND states that (1) we need to take urgent action on climate now in order to jump start the transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030 and completely de-carbonize by 2050; and (2) we need intentionally to use the transition to address economic justice (create high quality union jobs/redress income inequality) and social justice.

18 Strategies for a Green New Deal: How to Make the Climate Mobilization Work

LNS 2019 discussion paper “18 Strategies for a Green New Deal: How to Make the Climate Mobilization Work” by Jeremy Brecher

Organizing for the Green New Deal

by Michael Leon Guerrero, LNS Executive Director Here at the Labor Network for Sustainability we are very excited about the the Green New Deal (GND). The resolution introduced in Congress by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey in the Senate has already sparked...

Joe Uehlein on the Green New Deal

On Monday, February 18, 2019, Chris Bangert-Drowns, a senior reporter with WPFW, the Pacifica Radio affiliate in Washington, D.C. spoke with LNS founding president Joe Uehlein about the Green New Deal and the tepid response from some unions.

Want a Model Climate Resolution for Your Union?

Many unions are considering resolutions on climate change. Here’s one just passed by the local executive board of the Rutgers University AAUP-AFT, that endorses the Green New Deal, demands that Rutgers develop a climate action plan to be carbon neutral, and proclaims...

Signs of the Times: Arts Kit for the Green New Deal

Looking for beautiful and powerful graphics for your activities around labor, climate, and the Green New Deal? The Labor Network for Sustainability has partnered with 350.org and engaged artists to create “Green New Deal Arts: Signs of the Times” to share images that people can carry in the streets to help organize for and win a Green New Deal.

Rutgers AAUP-AFT

Resolution in Support of the Green New Deal, Student Climate Strikes, and a Climate Action Plan for Rutgers University WHEREAS As a result of human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, primarily associated with the combustion of fossil fuels, the global climate is...

Engaging the Members: Doing a Local Inventory of Jobs and Climate

A Convergence workshop led by John Harrity, retired President of the Connecticut International Association of Machinists and chair of the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs (pictured above), consumer-tested a survey that unions and other labor organizations can use to find out the impact of climate change on our members’ jobs and communities—and to stimulate a discussion of what that means for labor.

LNS Lays Out Next Steps for Labor Climate Action

In a follow-up letter to Convergence participants LNS Executive Director Michael Leon Guererro laid out these next steps for trade unionists to mobilize their unions to fight for and help shape the Green New Deal.

Making the Green New Deal Work for Workers

The Labor Network for Sustainability has called on all members of Congress who support the Green New Deal to co-sponsor legislation to protect the pension and health benefits of coal miners. For many years the fossil fuel industry and its supporters have characterized...

Labor Convergence on Climate: A Labor Voice for the Green New Deal

The Labor Network for Sustainability will hold its third National Labor Convergence on Climate June 28-30. This year’s theme is “Strengthening Labor’s Voice to Help Shape the Green New Deal.” The major goal of the Convergence is to produce an action agenda for labor...

LNS at Green New Deal Town Halls Across New Jersey

The Labor Network for Sustainability helped to organize and participated in a series of Green New Deal Town Halls across the state of New Jersey this spring. Working with the Sunrise Movement, SEIU 32BJ, the Sierra Club, BlueWave NJ, and ForwardNotBack, a pro-worker,...

Strengthen Labor’s Voice to Help Shape the Green New Deal

On Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30, 2019, the Labor Network for Sustainability will hold its Third National Labor Convergence on Climate in Chicago. In the spirit of this year's theme, which is: Strengthening Labor's Voice to Help Shape the Green New Deal...

Packed Bay Area Convergence on Climate Plans for Green New Deal

by Veronica Wilson, Labor Network for Sustainability On April 13, 150 local labor leaders, members and organizers, along with ally organizations gathered for the Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO Labor Convergence on Climate. The Convergence was co-hosted by Labor...

New Labor Endorsements for the Green New Deal

San Francisco Labor Council GND Resolution Labor resolution shows unified support for a Green New Deal with strong labor and community provisions. The San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO is publicly calling a Green New Deal “that includes a strong and binding...