Fire Drill Friday + More Resources

We need to make sure that all the jobs created by climate protection are good jobs that support our families and strengthen our unions.

Clint Sobratti, a bus driver in Montgomery County, Maryland and member of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1994, enthralled attendees at the December 13, Fire Drill Friday. Clint described his day-to-day experiences of working through pollution to ensure public transit riders of all ages arrived to their destinations on time and safely; he called for the critical need for a solid just transition plan to protect workers and communities in the badly needed shift from fossil-fuel powered public transit to buses and trains that rely on clean, renewable energy.

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.

 

Above: In Washington, D.C., on Thursday, December 12, 2019, LNS Executive Director Michael Leon Guerrero, participated in Jane Fonda’s Thursday Night Teach-In on Jobs, Communities and Just Transitions with Winona LaDuke, Honor the Earth (far left), and Samantha Smith, Just Transition Centre (second to right). Watch the interview »