LABOR & CLIMATE NEWS
The need for a large-scale Just Transition for workers and communities has never been more urgent as more than 30 million workers have applied for unemployment in the past month. Many face the likelihood that they will never go back to their previous jobs. The Coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis developing as a result offer an important barometer of whether and how we are prepared socially, politically and economically for massive changes to our economy. The shift to the green economy we need in order to confront the climate crisis will require economic shifts on a similar scale.
The transition to a climate-safe economy will produce millions of new jobs. But it will also require the elimination or transformation of millions of jobs—and any job is important if it is your job. Such job loss will affect not just individual workers, but also whole localities and regions.
As the Coronavirus Pandemic leads into the Coronavirus Depression, our very survival depends on putting our people to work fighting the coronavirus; meeting the needs of all for food, shelter, healthcare, and other basic necessities; and reversing the destruction of the earth’s climate. LNS Policy and Research Director Jeremy Brecher has authored a series of commentaries proposing to do so through an Emergency Green New Deal.
The Labor Network for Sustainability’s new statement on the Coronavirus pandemic
The United States is now the epicenter of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As Congress acts swiftly to develop relief and recovery packages to address the crisis, we must make sure that they prioritize the health, wellbeing, and economic stability/security of all people, with no exceptions.
In a new series of commentaries, LNS Research and Policy Director Jeremy Brecher argues that, in the face of government and employer failure, workers and communities must take the lead to protect ourselves and each other from the coronavirus and its economic and social impacts. He proposes an emergency program to do just that. It might be described as a do-it-yourself Green New Deal.