Labor Network for Sustainability 18 strategies for the GND

The Resolution lists five “Green New Deal goals” to be accomplished through a 10-year national mobilization: achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers; create millions of good, high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all; invest in the infrastructure and industry to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st …

Working People’s Platform – Colorado

We demand a Colorado where our economy and democracy work for all of us, not just the wealthy few! We will fight for: The freedom to form a union without interference or fear of retaliation Higher Wages Racial Justice Immigrant Justice Affordable, Quality Health Care Affordable Housing We will fight for policies that address the rising cost of housing by raising …

Could Walmart Be a Model for a Socialist Future? Do megacorporations—although odious—demonstrate the massive central planning we need

BY PETER FRASE  If Walmart is already more or less a planned economy…why not just nationalize it so everyone can save money and live better? Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski want you to know that their new book, The People’s Republic of Walmart, is not a socialist defense of Walmart, a company they call “execrable.” Rather, they use the megacorporation as a …

Cory Booker’s Plan to Return Some Profits from Stock Buybacks to Workers. Also, whatever happened to overtime? The threshold used to cover 65 percent of workers, now it is only 7 percent.

Posted on March 12, 2019 Pitchfork Economics Download Episode () The overtime threshold used to be the minimum wage for the middle class—but where did it go? Labor experts Sharon Block and Chris Lu join Nick and Jasmin to explain why the overtime threshold, which used to cover 65 percent of workers, today covers only 7 percent. That’s craziness! And surprise, surprise—employers love …

The Building Trades and Climate Change

The building trades unions of the AFL-CIO are among the unions most immediately affected by climate change mitigation programs.  They are also among the most active labor movement players on climate change issues.  They have been enthusiastic backers of green jobs programs and in particular the green jobs components of the Obama stimulus package. Most of the building trades unions, …

The difference between the top and the bottom of the income distribution now lies about where it did in the Gilded Age and the roaring 1920s, up until the Great Depression

The difference between the top and the bottom of the income distribution now lies about where it did in the Gilded Age and the roaring 1920s, up until the Great Depression. Unlike these earlier periods, however, this rise in economic inequality has not been driven by returns on capital assets. This time, one of the most important contributors to the rise has …

Trade Unions for Energy Democracy – Articles and Presentations

Sean Sweeney Ph.D. – writings and media           RECENT ARTICLES Why stopping Eskom’s closures can be good for both unions and the environment, Amandla! Magazine (South Africa), May 2017 Pandering to the Predator: Labor and Energy Under Trump,  New Labor Forum, Feb 3, 2017 Standing Rock Solid with the Frackers: Are the Trades Putting Labor’s Head in the Gas Oven?, …

2019 is the year to embrace energy democracy – or face social and climate breakdown

The private sector has proved it can’t lead the transition to a low-carbon economy. It’s time for something new.  Market-focused policies have constrained the roll-out of renewables and other climate friendly solutions – which are restricted according to their ability to generate profit for private interests. And they have resulted in growing energy poverty. The missing link is energy democracy. Energy …

A living wage is an antidepressant, a sleep aid, a diet, a stress reliever, a contraceptive, preventing teenage pregnancy. It prevents premature death. It shields children from neglect.

Some of the biggest beneficiaries of minimum wage increases are children. A 2017 study co-authored by Lindsey Bullinger, an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology, found that raising the minimum wage by $1 would reduce child-neglect reports by almost 10 percent. Higher wages allow parents working in the low-wage labor market to keep the lights …

Coal miners stripped of benefits by mine owners, despite agreements

Who else might like Medicare for All? Retired coal miners who just had their health benefits ripped away. Common Dreams: “On Friday, a ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge in Texas showed why retired coal miners led to believe their health benefits would be with them for life were wrong and at least one advocate for Medicare for All noted …