Green New Deal News

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.

‘Climate Change Is the Real Job Killer’

In an interview about labor’s role in framing the #GreenNewDeal LNS President Joe Uehlein says to Janine Jackson of CounterSpin, “climate change is the real job killer, not the answers to climate change. And we’ve done studies to show that, but, for a lot of working people, it’s very obvious.”

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.

What’s in the Green New Deal Resolution for Labor?

Along with its broad provisions for protecting the climate and eliminating poverty and injustice, the Green New Deal resolution recently proposed by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey has specific proposals to help organized labor.

Labor and the Green New Deal

It was an iconic moment: Young people occupy Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s office demanding a Green New Deal to put millions of people to work making a climate-safe economy—when suddenly newly-elected Congressional representative and overnight media star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins them with a resolution in hand laying out principles for a Green New Deal.

Twelve Reasons Labor Should Demand a Green New Deal

In “Twelve Reasons Labor Should Demand a Green New Deal,” LNS’s Jeremy Brecher and Joe Uehlein argue that labor unions should take this opportunity to embrace the proposal—and fight to make sure it’s a strong vehicle for advancing workers’ rights.

Climate Jobs for All: A Key Building Block of the Green New Deal

The principles for a Green New Deal laid out by the youth Sunrise Movement call for a job guarantee program to assure a living wage job to every person who wants one. What is a “jobs guarantee program” and what does it have to do with protecting the climate?

What Trade Unionists Can Do Right Now to Win a Green New Deal

Martha Hawthorne, a chair of the SEIU 1021 Climate Justice Work group and part of the planning team for the upcoming LNS National Labor Convergence on Climate, writes us from the Bay Area: At the close of 2018, the SEIU 1021 Executive Board voted to support the...

Climate Justice Alliance Supports Green New Deal

CJA Calls for Special Attention to Frontline Communities The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA), unites 68 organizations rooted in indigenous, African American, Latin-x, Asian Pacific Islander, and poor white communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis under Just...