Labour - Unions

12/09/15
Author: 
Alexandra Bradbury

September 08, 2015--As fights erupted in the Pacific Northwest this summer over fuel export terminals and Arctic drilling, the idea of a just transition has been on my mind.

The late Tony Mazzocchi of the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers (now part of the Steelworkers) coined the term. A “just transition” away from fossil fuels wouldn’t pit workers against the planet. Those displaced should be able to count on decent new green jobs and retraining. “There’s a Superfund for dirt,” Mazzocchi used to say. “There ought to be one for workers.”

Shell No?

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18/08/15
Author: 
Lee Loftus

The G7 nations have committed to eliminating the use of fossil fuels by 2100.

What Canada’s premiers said in July is wrong — there are simple answers to developing a national energy strategy — but what’s difficult is making tough decisions.

While the need for a Canadian energy strategy should be a key federal election issue for all political parties, it’s not just a national version that’s required.

14/08/15
Author: 
Linda Solomon Wood & Jenny Uechi

A Vancouver Observer investigation has prompted hearings about whether the RCMP and CSIS broke the law by spying on environmental groups.

09/08/15

July 4, 2015 - Newly established WORKERS 4 THE PLANET (W4P) believes workers and our organizations—especially unions—must play a major role in stopping climate change, fighting for climate justice, and creating the necessary transition to a post-fossil-fuel economy.

07/08/15
Author: 
Travis Lupick

A group of B.C. environmentalists is about to have its day in court in a high-profile case against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).

Beginning in Vancouver on August 12, the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), an oversight body, will begin hearing a February 2014 complaint that alleges CSIS illegally spied on activists and First Nations people.

28/07/15
Author: 
BRENT JANG

The B.C. Liberal government’s claim that liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports will create 100,000 jobs is a vastly exaggerated forecast, says a report by a think tank that has touched off a controversy about how much of an employment boon the sector will actually create.

“We find that this claim is not credible and that potential employment impacts have been grossly overstated,” said the study by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

24/07/15
Author: 
Sean Sweeney

The following is a presentation by Sean Sweeney to the 'Democracy Rising' conference in Athens, Greece on July 18, 2015. Sean Sweeney, PhD, is Coordinator of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy. He recently joined the Murphy Institute at City University of New York to direct its International Program for Labor, Climate and the Environment.

Third memorandum or Grexit: What are the implications for the future of Greece’s energy system?

Full presentation:

17/04/13
Author: 
Gene McGuckin

Speech to the BC Provincial Council of the Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada in Vancouver, April 27, 2013, by Gene McGuckin, past president of CEP Local 1129 (retired) and a member of the Vancouver Ecosocialist Group.


Good morning, sisters and brothers. It’s been just over six years since I found myself in a CEP crowd   like this.  Last time, in this very room, I was a delegate for Local 1129 at the Pulp and Paper Wage Caucus.

23/07/15

BURNABY, BC, July 23, 2015 /CNW/ - The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union is joining First Nations and environmental advocates in opposing the B.C. government's approval of the Site C dam project, the union announced today.

"Site C is the wrong choice for British Columbia. The project is not needed: there are better alternatives," says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. "Site C will cause massive habitat loss. It violates First Nations' indigenous rights. It removes high-value agricultural lands from production."

18/07/15
Author: 
Tom Sandborn

Promoting class warfare a 'losing strategy,' pundits say. Well, check out these class acts. Class warfare is a very bad thing, according to the pundits who create and enforce the limits of acceptable public opinion in Canada. In fact, any mention of class relations or interests other than a pious reference to the "middle class" seems to have been banned across much of the mainstream media.

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