We need to make sure that all the jobs created by climate protection are good jobs that support our families and strengthen our unions.
More and more people are worried about climate change. They want a world where the climate on which we all depend is not threatened by the greenhouse gas pollution that is threatening it today. But many also worry: If we stop burning fossil fuels and make the other changes that are necessary for a climate-safe economy, what will happen to the workers who currently work in the fossil fuel economy? If my job depends on fossil fuels, what will happen to me?
The transition to clean, climate-safe energy will produce millions of new jobs. But we need to make sure that every worker affected by change in the fossil fuel industries is guaranteed a good job or a good retirement. And we need to make sure that all the jobs created by climate protection are good jobs that support our families and strengthen our unions.
For the past decade the Labor Network for Sustainability has been working to develop plans for a worker-friendly transition to a climate-safe economy — and to spread the word about examples where this is already happening. The links below provide background and examples of how that can be done.
- No Workers Left Behind in the Just Transition to a Climate-Safe World
- Union Locals Build Support for the Green New Deal’s ‘Just Transition’
- Spanish Coal Miners Win a Just Transition
- A Superfund for Workers: How to Promote a Just Transition and Break Out of the Jobs vs. Environment Trap by Jeremy Brecher
- Beyond a Band-aid: A Discussion Paper on Protecting Workers and Communities in the Great Energy Transition By Arjun Makhijani, Ph.DA
- The Huntley Experiment
- Diablo Canyon Shutdown Protects Workers and Communities
- “We Knew Big Changes Were Coming to our Industry”
- 18 strategies for a Green New Deal
- A Green Growth Program for Coloradoby: Robert Pollin, Jeannette Wicks-Lim, Shouvik Chakraborty, Tyler Hansen