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Rutgers Divests!

Rutgers Divests!

Members of Rutgers American Association of University Professors – American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) are joining with student allies in celebrating a vote to divest from fossil fuels by the Rutgers Board of Governors and Board of Trustees.

How to “Build Back Better”

How to “Build Back Better”

Graphic: Sierra Club. Anyone interested in how to address the concerns of both labor and environmentalists in upcoming legislation  should take a look at the new Sierra Club report “How to Build Back Better: A 10-year Plan for Economic Renewal.” Although the Sierra...

Ride Your Bike for Climate, Jobs and Justice in NYC–April 24

Ride Your Bike for Climate, Jobs and Justice in NYC–April 24

How do we spread the word about what it will take to have an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the crises of climate, jobs, healthcare, racism and democracy that it has so aggravated? Members of New York’s large DC37 union have an innovative way: The...

Does Shale Gas Extraction Grow Jobs?

Does Shale Gas Extraction Grow Jobs?

Over the past decade, many communities, especially impoverished rural communities in Appalachia, have been pitched the idea that extracting natural gas would be the solution to their economic problems. Vast amounts of gas were indeed extracted. But a new report from the Ohio River Valley Institute shows that the benefits did not flow to local communities

Why the PRO Act Matters

Why the PRO Act Matters

The U.S. House of Representatives just passed the PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize) Act, perhaps the most significant labor law reform legislation since the 1935 National Labor Relations Act, often known as “Labor’s Magna Carta,” establishing the right of workers...

Coal Communities Ask Biden Administration for Just Transition

Coal Communities Ask Biden Administration for Just Transition

Labor leaders, economic development groups and environmentalists from coal states recently wrote to President Joe Biden to fund a “just transition” from coal to renewable energy. They also asked the administration last week in a letter to immediately establish a White House Office of Economic Transition to work on rebuilding the economies of coal communities. 

Time for Turbines!

Time for Turbines!

According to a recent Op-Ed in the New Jersey Star-Ledger, wind energy is going to mean union jobs. The Op-Ed, “Steelworkers and Windmills–Perfect Together,” co-authored by Del Vitale, Director of District 4 for the United Steelworkers and Debra Coyle McFadden, Executive Director for the New Jersey Work Environment Council–both organizations that are partners in the Jersey Renews coalition, which recently sponsored the Time for Turbines Conference.

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