A Green New Deal for American Labor?

In New York state, a coalition called Climate Jobs NY has used pre-hire collective bargaining agreements, called project labor agreements, to win guarantees that workers will be paid prevailing wages in $1.5 billion in renewable energy projects. These are in wind energy construction, solar, and the retrofitting of schools and other public buildings to make them more energy-efficient. The Worker …

The Green New Deal Is What Realistic Environmental Policy Looks Like

You might say that producing the disaster of global climate change has taken a lot of economic policy.  Reversing direction will take the same. Since environmental policy can happen only through economic policy, there is no avoiding decisions about what sorts of work there will be, and in which industries. It’s unsettling, but maybe a little less so when you consider …

Finland basic income trial left people ‘happier but jobless’

A recent survey prepared by the International Trade Union Confederation in 16 countries covering 53 percent of the world’s population found that 40 percent of families had experienced unemployment in the last two years. Finland Income Trial, Ashitha Nagesh, BBC News, 8 February 2019 The experiment saw 2,000 people paid €560 (£490) a month, instead of their unemployment benefit. Giving jobless people in Finland …

No Plant Closings! Plant Conversion to Save Workers and the Planet

Wendy Thompson December 18, 2018 What would it take to keep these assembly and transmission plants open? As autoworkers have begun to formulate demands for the opening of the 2019 contract negotiations, GM upped the ante by announcing the loss of 14,000 jobs with the closure of three assembly plants and two transmission plants to add to the two million manufacturing …

Thinking about reparations

Excerpt from Chuck Collins, In These Times, Jan 31, 2019. This article first appeared on YES! Magazine. One piece of the inequality story is to understand how 40 years of public policies have worsened the racial wealth divide and enriched the top 1 percent. Wealth is where the past shows up in the present, both in terms of historical advantages and barriers. Measures of …

A global minimum wage: If capitalism is going to be globalised, it makes sense that we should globalise the rules and standards that protect people from it as well

There’s an obvious solution: a global minimum wage. If capitalism is going to be globalised, it makes sense that we should globalise the rules and standards that protect people from it as well. Economist Thomas Palley recommends a floor set at 50% of each country’s median wage, so it would be tailored to local economic conditions and cause minimum disruption to comparative …

Recruiting jobs to your state in the rapidly expanding energy storage sector

Energy Storage Is The Job Creation Opportunity Of The Future — Now! #CleanTechnica Exclusive, Carolyn Fortuna, Clean Technica, Dec 13, 2018 So often we hear naysayers bemoaning the effects of relinquishing a fossil fuel-based energy economy. “If we stopped producing oil and gas tomorrow, we’d have an economic crisis. We’d have a famine. We’d have a world war.” So it’s refreshing to …

Can Cooperatives Save Us From The Next Economic Crisis?

Nathan Schneider:  I think we have a tremendous opportunity to allow those kinds of financing mechanisms that we saw in the 1930s to ensure that our governments are supporting, investing in co-operative businesses locally, rather than trying to lure extractive businesses into their community, spending all kinds of money to do that. Also, in tech regulation, ensuring that our new …

ILO calls for universal labor guarantee, living wage, health, safety and education

The International Labour Organisation last week called for a universal labour guarantee to safeguard workers’ fundamental rights. There seems little real appetite for a new social contract among CEOs, despite the warm words.   The ILO report is the culmination of a 15-month review by a 27-member commission of senior figures from the world of business, academia, trade unions and charities. It calls …

‘Change Is Coming!’ Congressional Dems Join Sanders in Proposing Bill to End ‘Starvation Wages,’ Ensuring $15 Per Hour for All Workers

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, Common Dreams by Julia Conley, staff writer “Every member of Congress should recognize the urgent need to raise the wage, and if they support a salary of only $15,080 per year, they should be forced to live on it.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined protesters at a Fight for $15 rally on Capitol Hill. (Photo: Getty) Denouncing the current …