Global warming will have immense consequences for working people – and for the labor movement. Climate change, and the measures that are taken to prevent or mitigate it, will change every aspect of our lives – including every aspect of how we work. Public policy on global warming will affect every issue that unions bargain over with employers and lobby over with government officials. Yet the discussion of how labor should relate to global warming has barely begun. GLS's newly released discussion paper LABOR AND GLOBAL WARMING describes the early stages of that discussion and identifies key issues it needs to address. It concludes with a 13-point “New Global Warming Policy for Labor.”
This discussion paper grows out of a series of articles originally published on the Global Labor Strategies blog (www.globallaborblog.org) to help frame a new debate on labor's role in the climate change debate. It was prepared by Jeremy Brecher, Tim Costello, and Brendan Smith for Global Labor Strategies. The Introduction is pasted below; download the entire report here.