Labour unions could be our best weapon against climate change. With millions of members, they have the collective power to bring the economy to a standstill — and to build a renewable and more equitable society.
Workers are on the front lines of the climate crisis. It's a challenge, but it's also an opportunity to rebuild the labour movement. By putting climate justice demands on the bargaining table, unions are building massive public support and winning unprecedented contract gains. Plus, we're seeing an increase in union memberships for the first time in decades.
Many unions are already showing us how:
Teachers in LA just won smaller class sizes and more green spaces in their community.
In San Francisco, public sector workers forced the city to divest its pension from fossil fuels AND blocked the construction of a new coal shipping terminal.
In Baton Rouge, teachers and service workers planned a walkout to protest government handouts to ExxonMobil — and won new education funding instead.
Join The Leap, labour leaders and experts for a webinar on how unions can lead the way on climate change and win good, unionized work for all.
Nato Green (organizer with SEIU local 1021)
Tiffany Balducci (President of Durham Region Labour Council and 4th President of Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario)
David Camfield (author of Canadian Labour in Crisis, Professor of Labour Studies and Sociology at the University of Manitoba)