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Jan 4 2016 - 15:30
Author: 
Sean Sweeney

The final months of 2015 saw a large growth in support for TUED in the US and UK.

In the final months of 2015, seven unions representing approximately 4.6 million workers have joined Trade Unions for Energy Democracy. Five of the unions are from the US and two are from the UK.

Dec 1 2015 - 08:30
Author: 
Michael Ware

EVERYONE BUT a few Republican crackpots now acknowledge that the planet faces a climate emergency. But the bosses at ExxonMobil had a bit of a head start.

A company memo was unearthed this year showing that the oil giant knew since 1977 from its own scientists that burning fossil fuels contributed to global warming. But the findings were hidden, and Exxon continued to be climate change deniers for decades to come.

Nov 1 2015 - 08:00
Author: 
Steve Ongerth

Where does the union movement stand on the issue of climate justice? The answer to that question is not entirely simple.

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Jul 7 2015 - 18:00
Author: 
Trish Kahle (interviewing Jeremy Brecher)
Labor at PCM

2015, only halfway over, has already been an extreme year for both labor and the climate: the Midwest and Texas are experiencing record rainfall while California is in a record-breaking drought, and 2015 is the hottest year on record so far (the standing record is from 2014), including a heatwave in India that left more than 2,300 people dead.

Jun 3 2015 - 08:45
Author: 
Harsha Walia, Richochet

Dozens of social movement organizers recently gathered in Toronto at a meeting convened by the This Changes Everything team to envision a new economy centered on climate justice. With relentless extractions of labour and land harming all life on earth, cross-sectoral alliances are necessary.

May 27 2015 - 12:15
Author: 
Jeremy Brecher

Under banners proclaiming “Healthy Planet & Good Jobs,” thousands of trade unionists from 75 local and national unions, highly visible in their red, blue, green, and white union uniforms, joined the People’s Climate March in New York City last September—a quantum leap from labor’s previous participation in climate actions.

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Mar 16 2015 - 00:15
Author: 
Kate Aronoff
USW strike

Yesterday afternoon, the United Steelworkers reached a tentative contract agreement with negotiators from Shell Oil Co., which has represented Chevron, ExxonMobil and other oil companies affected by the union’s now nearly six-week strike. Even as the strike continues in many workplaces, yesterday’s victory is the hard-won result of careful organizing and some promising collaboration.

Mar 1 2015 - 10:00
Author: 
Steven Tufts, Angela Bischoff, Nigel Barriffe

We cannot develop an ecologically-responsible and just economy without considering the consequences for work and employment. But what is the meaning of 'green work' in capitalist societies of endless production and consumption for the purposes of profits? If we scale back on tar sands, fracking, and other dirty energy projects, as we must, workers who lose their jobs will need retraining, temporary income support, and a green energy infrastructure to work in. This will require a whole range of collective investments and decisions.

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Feb 26 2015 - 10:30
Author: 
Rebecca Burns
Winning on Keystone XL and other issues requires thinking about workers’ needs

In their push to halt construction of the Keystone XL and other pipelines in recent years, environmentalists have often put a familiar question to labor: Which side are you on? More often than not, unions have ended up on the other side of the line in the tar sand, backing the oil and gas industry in its efforts to expand the pipeline and drilling projects that are poised to push us past the point of carbon no return.

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Feb 21 2015 - 15:45
Author: 
Peter Rugh
Nurses join oil workers

When unionized oil workers at the Tesoro Golden Eagle plant in Martinez, California walked off the job on February 1 to demand safer working conditions, they received some unexpected company on the picket line. Since the beginning of the strike, which has expanded from nine to eleven refineries nationwide, environmental activists with Communities for a Better Environment have joined members of the United Steelworkers (USW) union for their daily protests outside the plant.

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