Jane McAlevey: The Path to Climate Justice Runs Through the UAW Strike: During Climate Week, why not show we can have economic and environmental justice?

https://www.thenation.com/article/climate-strike-uaw/ By Jane McAlevey, Sept 24, 2019 Union members stand outside of the General Motors Flint Assembly Plant on September 17, 2019 in Flint, Michigan. (Sara Faraj / MLive.com / The Flint Journal via AP) Few people know what’s really happening behind closed doors as General Motors executives and UAW officials try to hammer out an agreement to end their …

Clean energy jobs are big in Minnesota. But they often go to people from out of state

By Walker Orenstein | 08/16/2019 in MinnPost.com The fastest growing jobs in the country are solar panel installers and wind turbine service technicians, a fact that clean energy advocates use as evidence of a growing sector and the economic upside of transitioning away from fossil fuels. But in Minnesota, the rise of clean energy isn’t always resulting in new jobs for Minnesotans — at least …

New industrial standards boards with worker reps could set minimum standards for wages, benefits and hours across entire sectors of the economy

This is possibly the most important labor law reform that a Democratic president (with a Democratic Senate willing to nuke the filibuster) could achieve. It’s that one that could put a union in every workplace in America on day one. Because if unions had the legal reach to improve wages and working conditions across an entire industry, workers would join and support …

Raising the minimum wage to more livable levels is enormously important to the health of an economy that relies on consumer spending for two-thirds of its strength

August 29, 2019 at 10:32 am by David Cooper Raising the federal minimum wage isn’t just the right thing to do for workers—it’s also good for the economy Raising the federal minimum wage, which has now lapsed for the longest ever period without an increase, will benefit millions of low income workers and lift more than one million Americans out of poverty. …

Why the Green New Deal is a touchy subject for Minnesota labor unions

The United Steelworkers, which in Minnesota represents thousands of miners and other workers, is a founding member of the BlueGreen Alliance, an organization that brings together unions and environmental advocates such as the Sierra Club.  The alliance calls for rapid reductions in greenhouse gasses and says America must commit to reducing its emissions to net zero by 2050, meet the …

This Company Hired Anyone Who Applied. Now It’s Starting a Movement.

Greyston Bakery uses a practice of open hiring: filling positions on a first-come, first-served basis, no questions asked. Now it wants to teach other companies how to do the same. Fast Company| by Eillie Anzilotti Photos from Greyston. Around 25 years ago, Ty Hookway, founder of the upstate New York-based janitorial services company CleanCraft, was driving past one of their …

Labor Standards Are Key

Excerpt, Sept 2, How Companies Use Perks to Control Your Life, Colorado Sun, by Elizabeth C. Tippett is associate professor in the school of law at the University of Oregon Historically, company housing sat at the sweet spot of valuable and necessary. If you were operating a new mine in the early 20th century and there was no housing or transportation nearby, …

Internationalist trade union alternative based on a “public goods” approach

December 2018, Katowice COP 24 meeting It is time for us to collectively confront these stark realities and formulate a radical, independent, and internationalist trade union alternative based on a “public goods” approach. One way or another, rising emissions hurt everyone, and reducing emissions would benefit everyone. Considerations of private profit must be taken out of the equation. Emissions reductions …