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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.

LNS Labor Convergence on Climate: Moving Toward Union

On Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30, 2019, the Labor Network for Sustainability will hold its Third National Labor Convergence on Climate in Chicago. This Convergence will be a place where labor people can strategize about how to enhance labor's role in the...

Why Unions Must Bargain Over Climate Change

Nato Green, Campaign Coordinator for San Francisco SEIU Local 1021, writes in In These Times:  In recent years, some unions have embraced “bargaining for the common good,” which use the union campaign to win broad, righteous public benefits. The best current example...

Sociologist Finds Labor and Environmental Protection Linked

In my recent research with Allen Hyde from Georgia Tech, we find that countries with highly unionized workforces have on average done a better job of addressing climate change than the U.S. and other countries with smaller labor movements. After controlling for a...

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 www.inequality.org 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...

Featured LNS Board Member: John Harrity

John Harrity serves as Chair and is a founding member of the Board of the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs, a statewide coalition with a major impact on Connecticut’s response to climate change. John also serves on the Board of the Connecticut Green Bank, a...