Labour - Unions

11/04/19
Author: 
Keith Brower Brown, Jeremy Gong, Matt Huber, Jamie Munro
A truck delivers coal to Pacificorp's 1440 megawatt coal fired power plant on October 9, 2017 in Castle Dale, Utah. George Frey / Getty

If we want a Green New Deal that can take on climate change, we need to challenge powerful business interests.

n the morning of November 13, 2018, the Twitter account of the Sunrise Movement, a youth-based organization demanding a Green New Deal (GND), posted the following message:

14/03/19
Author: 
Nato Green
Teachers at The Accelerated Schools, a community of public charter schools in South Los Angeles picket outside the school on second day of the Los Angeles school teachers strike on January 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

TUESDAY, MAR 12, 2019

Union contract negotiations include mandatory and permissive subjects of bargaining. Employers are required by law to negotiate over mandatory subjects—wages, benefits and working conditions. Permissive subjects, such as decisions about which public services will be provided and how, have historically been the purview of management. We only negotiate over how managerial decisions affect members’ jobs. Employers may voluntarily agree to negotiate permissive subjects, but unions can’t legally strike over them.

05/03/19
Author: 
Daniel Tanuro

How can we reconcile social struggle and environmental struggle? This question poses problems for trade unionists. To avoid a climate catastrophe, it would be necessary to reduce economic activity, to suppress useless or harmful production, to give up a substantial part of the means of transport … But what would happen to employment then? How can we avoid a surge of unemployment, a new rise of poverty and precariousness? In today’s relationship of forces, in the face of financialized and globalized capitalism, these challenges seem impossible to meet.

01/03/19
Author: 
350.org and The Leap

Editor: Both of these works are interesting discussions of extending some of the ideas of the Green New Deal to the Canadian context.

Watch "What can a Green New Deal look like for Canada?" here.

 

And here is the link to the podcast described below: https://theleap.org/change-everything/

February 12 2019:

26/02/19

February 21, 2019

1. TUED Global Forum: “The Green New Deal: Can the Utilities be Reclaimed and Reformed?”(Video link below.)

26/02/19
Author: 
Carol Dansereau, John Foran, Ted Franklin, Brad Hornick, Sandra Lindberg, Jennifer Scarlott,

February 26, 2019

 

Introduction by John Foran

11/02/19
Author: 
Richard Greeman
As Macron Prepares New Repressive Measures Yellow Vests and Red Unions Strike Together
On Tuesday, February 5, as the Macron government pushed harsh repressive laws against demonstrators through the National Assembly, the Yellow Vests joined with France’s unions for the first time in a day-long, nation-wide “General Strike.”
08/02/19
Author: 
Gerard Di Trolio and Doug Nesbitt
Protest in Detroit demanding a Green New Deal

["A very good article analyzing union options in the struggle sparked by GM's decision to close its Oshawa plant (and others). Embedded in the article is also a very good short video by the Democratic Socialists of America on the green opportunities presented by the situation. " Gene McGuckin]

February 2, 2019

Two months after the GM Oshawa closure announcement, Unifor’s big idea is a campaign to boycott GM cars made in Mexico. The union is even spending huge money on a Super Bowl commercial that will reach about 5 million Canadians.

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