Labour - Unions

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?

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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.

13/06/15
Author: 
Justine Hunter

June 7, 2015--It has been two years since Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project erupted as a key issue in the B.C. election. You might think that at least one of the major political parties in B.C. would have come up with a strong position on the proposal by now, but you would be wrong.

13/06/15
Author: 
Jeremy Brecher

May 25, 2015--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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30/05/15
Author: 
Cassidy Oliver

This 3.5 min video interview with the long-serving President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs touches on the Petronas LNG proposal, opposition to the Site C Dam and being arrested on Burnaby Mountain protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal.

http://www.theprovince.com/news/Grand+Chief+Stewart+Phillip+explains+pow...

 

25/05/15
Author: 
Asbjørn Wahl

Climate message to transport unions: mobilize in Paris, build alliances back home

This piece was written by Asbjørn Wahl, International Advisor for the Union of Municipal and General Employees, Norway. It was addressed to the Working Group on Climate Change of the International Transport Workers Federation, which he chairs.

From FAILURE20 to COP21

26/02/15
Author: 
By Rebecca Burns

The strike of oil refinery workers in the United States has affected 12 refineries, app. 20 per cent of U.S. oil production. It began in early February and is now into its fourth week. This article below was published on Feb. 11. You can read another article on the strike by System Change Not Climate Change activist Peter Rugh, published on Feb. 22.

22/02/15
Author: 
Peter Rugh

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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