by Tim Costello and the Labor Network for Sustainability
["Labor and Climate Change" is a briefing paper that provides activists inside and outside the labor movement a way to understand the interests and concerns of different segments of organized labor in climate change issues. It was the last major work by Tim Costello, who died in December, 2009.]
This briefing paper provides a strategy for addressing organized labor’s stake in climate change. Its goal is to provide activists inside and outside the labor movement with the information they need to help shape effective, worker friendly climate protection policies and garner support for them from organized labor.
The findings are based primarily on a detailed survey of the climate change record, self-interest, and decision making process of 17 labor organizations. These unions and federations were selected to reflect the range of industries, occupations, and organizational cultures of the US trade union movement. The results of these surveys were compiled into profiles which include basic information, analysis, contact data, and other relevant information. The complete profiles are over 300 pages. They draw on both available public information and on a series of private conversations with top union officials and other knowledgeable sources. And we have identified over 400 labor leaders at the local, regional and national level.