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 Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
Build Public Renewables - New York

June 6, 2023 

On May 2, New York became the first US state to pass a major Green New Deal policy following four years of organizing by the Public Power NY coalition and allies. The Build Public Renewables Act (BPRA), now New York State law, empowers and directs the state’s public power provider – the New York Power Authority (NYPA) – to plan, build, and operate renewable energy projects across New York State. Organizers are now focusing on growing the movement for Public Power from coast to coast.

Justin Nobel
Brine trucks at an Injection well in Cambridge, OH. George Etheredge for Rolling Stone.

May 2023

This post originally appeared on Rolling Stone and was published January 21, 2020. 

In 2014, a muscular, middle-aged Ohio man named Peter took a job trucking waste for the oil-and-gas industry. The hours were long — he was out the door by 3 a.m. every morning and not home until well after dark — but the steady $16-an-hour pay was appealing, says Peter, who asked to use a pseudonym. “This is a poverty area,” he says of his home in the state’s rural southeast corner. “Throw a little money at us and by God we’ll jump and take it.”


Zak Vescera
Frédérique Martineau led the successful campaign to form the only union for Starbucks’ workers in Vancouver. Photo by Zak Vescera.

May 10, 2023

Secrecy, suspicion and Steelworkers. Inside an organizing drive at the anti-union coffee chain.

It started when Frédérique Martineau had a bad day at work.

Natasha Bulowski
Galen Crampsey, an electrical worker and rank-and-file member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 353, speaks on Day 1 of the Canadian Labour Congress 2023 convention in Montreal. Photo by Natasha Bulowski

“I don't see any language in this resolution that identifies the root of the problem,” said  [Galen] Crampsey, who identified the ruling class as the source of the cost of living and climate crises.

Sharon Zhang
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives remarks at the Heritage Foundation's 50th Anniversary Leadership Summit at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on April 21, 2023, in National Harbor, Maryland. ANNA MONEYMAKER / GETTY IMAGES

Apr. 27, 2023

The bill would bar unions for teachers and nurses from automatically collecting dues.

The Republican-dominated Florida legislature passed an extreme anti-labor bill on Wednesday that would severely weaken unions for public employees and expand the state’s ability to abolish those unions, while carving out an exemption for a notable group: police.

Southern Workers Assembly
Southern Worker School Group

Apr. 29, 2023

“We heard from the rail workers. We heard from the truckers. We’ve got the longshoremen in the house, too,” said Leonard Riley, a longshore worker with the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 1422 and member of the SWA Coordinating Committee, addressing a packed house at the Teamsters Local 71 union hall during the opening program of the 2023 Southern Worker School. 

Keith Brower Brown, Labor Notes.
Workers construct a 260-foot-long ship in Terrebonne Parish, La., April 3, 2023. The ship will serve offshore wind technicians and a warehouse for their tools as they operate and maintain wind farms. Ted Jackson/AP.

Apr. 29, 2023

Huge changes are coming for our workplaces, quick as a heat wave. This month Joe Biden inked new rules to make all-electrics the majority of new cars sold in America within a decade.

To charge all those batteries, many of the largest states are pushing to power their grids with two-thirds clean energy by the same deadline.

These green shifts have put billion-dollar signs in the eyes of bosses. Public cash is pouring out to subsidize cleaner manufacturing and energy. Corporations aim to cash in double by cutting unions out.


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