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.

Making the Green New Deal Work for Workers

LNS’s policy and research director Jeremy Brecher lays out what labor needs from the Green New Deal in a special issue of In These Times on “Getting to Zero.” The Green New Deal presents the American working class with the greatest opportunity for improving our lives...

Some Tough Questions on the Green New Deal

by Jeremy Brecher, LNS Research and Policy Director Trade unionists have been asking some TOUGH questions about the GND. Here are some examples -- and a few quick responses that don't aim to provide complete answers, but to highlight the top lines of more detailed...

SEIU 509 Joint Executive Board Resolution on the Green New Deal

Approved February 21, 2019 WHEREAS, climate change is an urgent crisis confronting people all over the world: extreme weather, rising sea levels, and pollution are wreaking havoc on the planet; and WHEREAS, the climate crisis exacerbates already-existing systemic...

Los Angeles AFL-CIO Endorses Green New Deal

WHEREAS: The recent fires and heavy storm season in Southern California provided another sobering reminder to our communities on how climate change is fundamentally altering our planet and economy; and WHEREAS: The Los Angeles region in particular, and the State of...

Op-Ed Shows How Trade Unionists Can Advocate for the Green New Deal

Why Labor Should Support the Green New Deal by Nancy Romer, Professor Emerita, Brooklyn College, PSC-CUNY Environmental Justice Working Group The bad news is that we must completely transition from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy by 2050 and we must achieve most...

The Green New Deal—A Strategy for a More Equal United States

In an article for the LNS’s Research and Policy Director describes the Green New Deal (GND) as a “strategy to counter America’s grotesque and growing inequality.” “While the Green New Deal [GND] is often portrayed as a program for climate...

SEIU’s 32BJ Supports the Green New Deal

Hector Figueroa, president of 32BJ SEIU, the largest property service union in the country, issued the following statement: As a union representing 163,000 doormen, security officers, cleaners and airport workers up and down the east coast, we support the Green New...

IBEW Local 103 Leader Endorses Green New Deal

IBEW Local 103 Business Manager Lou Antonellis has endorsed the Green New Deal resolution proposed by Senator Ed Markey and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, according to Jennifer Smith of the Dorchester Reporter. Antonellis said the push for expanded renewable...

Green New Deal is a Good Deal for NJ Workers

Humankind is facing a climate emergency. Bold and immediate solutions are required to avert the worst impacts of climate change. We are also facing unprecedented levels of income and wealth inequality—often along the lines of race and gender—which threaten the very foundations of democratic governance.

Detroit DSA Releases Video Supporting the Green New Deal

Video: Created by Detroit Democratic Socialists of America. Watch video here » Detroit Democratic Socialists of America write: General Motors' announced plant closings emphasize the urgency for a Green New Deal. We don't need any more abandoned factories in the Rust...

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.