There are a ton of parallels between the leadup to the current crisis and the non-response to the climate crisis.
In a 2019 report, the AFL-CIO noted federal Osha’s inspections related to heat declined by 49% under the Trump administration’s first two fiscal years in office.
We’ve been particularly inspired by our union brothers and sisters that have already taken tangible action for Black lives by leveraging their power as workers.
Expanding jobs in the public sector is one starting point in recovery efforts that place racial equity at the core.
The climate protection movement is taking the global Earth Day climate strike on-line.
All emerging stimulus money must go to helping people and putting our planet on a sustainable basis.
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.
Scientists will need to spend more time learning about the human response to any of the vaccines currently being developed.
What will happen to workers in fossil fuel related industries if the shift to a climate-safe economy threatens their jobs?
When work on public infrastructure is performed by union labor there are many benefits for workers, communities, and the economy as a whole.
The Maine AFL-CIO just passed a resolution at its October Convention “to Address the Climate Crisis and Inequality Crisis and Create Union Jobs.”
Armed with an arsenal of extreme weather, the Earth has taken to the battlefield and single handedly trounced the climate deniers by convincing an overwhelming number of Americans that climate change is a real and imminent threat.
Remember Occupy Wall Street?
The actions reached a crescendo in april and may, following the “99% spring” program, which aimed to train 100,000 activists in the history and techniques of nonviolent direct action.
We can glean part of an answer from the little known and often distorted history of the movement against nuclear weapons.
Most occupy may day advocates understand that a conventional general strike is not in the cards.