Capitol Hill is abuzz with the Green New Deal—an ambitious agenda to tackle climate change, disrupt neoliberal economic policy, and decarbonize society by 2030. But is the rest of the economy, and its workers, ready for the kind of dramatic transformation that the climate change movement is calling for? We talk to Rusty Hicks of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, a group of some 800,000 workers across the region who are rallying behind a resolution supporting the Green New Deal, passed unanimously by the executive leadership board. We discuss how labor can break out of the traditional “jobs vs. the environment” paradigm and mobilize for a just transition in the workplace and across all communities.
In other news, we look at two new reports about how our jobs are getting more dangerous and less regulated, a labor-backed campaign to shield immigrants from deportation, and two uprisings in higher ed, among faculty in Philadelphia and student interns in Quebec. With recommended reading on applying the strategies of labor organizing to push for a green economy, and how we think about our free time.
Michelle: Declining Federal Oversight of Workplace Safety Could Have Fatal Consequences (The Nation)
“Pay Your Interns Now” (Jacobin)
The Dream and Promise Act Could Put 2.1 Million Dreamers on Pathway to Citizenship (Center for American Progress)
Rusty Hicks, Secretary Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
Labor Network for Sustainability: Labor and the Green New Deal (Labor Network for Sustainability)
Sarah: Will Stronge, Work and free time: a new social settlement (openDemocracy)
Michelle: Jane McAlevey, Organizing to Win a Green New Deal (Jacobin)