Labor and Climate News

Dirty vs. Green Jobs: Labor’s Keystone Dilemma

[by Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher] These are tough times to be a construction worker in America. While other sectors of the economy are showing signs of life, the unemployment rate in the construction industry is getting worse, not better - rising from 13% to 16%...

24 Hours to Stop the Pipeline – Sign the Petition NOW!

The fight against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has reached another crucial turning point. Big Oil has teamed up with Republicans in Congress to push a bill that would strip away decision making authority from the President and allow the Senate to resurrect the...

Keystone XL opponents need a jobs program

[by Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher; crossposted with Grist] Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are taking a well-deserved victory lap. The Obama administration's decision to reject TransCanada's pipeline proposal "” at least for now "” represents an historic win...

Labor and Environment: Next Steps for Dialogue

[by Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith] What does the future hold for the relationship between environmentalism and organized labor? Judging from the highly-publicized controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline, America might appear to be entering a new era of conflict...

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