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  • Local 453 Endorses Green New Deal
    Posted On: May 16, 2019

    OPEIU Local 453 Resolution Endorsing Congressional Green New Deal

    WHEREAS, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has determined humanity has less than twelve years to act to avert the worst effects of a climate catastrophe; and

    WHEREAS, workers, communities of color and low-income people suffer disproportionately from environmental degradation and climate change; and climate change is already harming working families and vulnerable populations through extreme hurricanes, wildfire, drought and flooding, increased stress on the agricultural sector, health impacts like heat stroke and the spread of infectious diseases; and

    WHEREAS, many union members work in sectors, such as construction, transportation, energy, agriculture, manufacturing and production, that will be directly impacted by transitioning to a sustainable energy economy; and

    WHEREAS, if climate action is to address inequality, the labor movement must be at the center of shaping climate policies to include just transition for workers, expand collective bargaining rights, and create green union careers, particularly in frontline communities; and   

    WHEREAS, the American Federation of Teachers, the Service Employees International Union, the California Nurses Association, the Labor Network for Sustainability, the Blue Green Alliance, and other labor organizations and their community allies have passed resolutions and/or supported bold policies to address the climate crisis and other pressing environmental issues; and

    WHEREAS,  SEIU509, SEIU32BJ, IBEW105,  and Labor Network for Sustainability all support a Green New Deal that has strong labor and community provisions; and

    WHEREAS, House Resolution 109 and Senate Resolution 59 - Recognizing the Duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal contains very strong language to meet the climate crisis while protecting workers affected by the transition including ensuring that the Green New Deal mobilization creates high-quality union jobs that pay prevailing wages, hires local workers, offers training and advancement opportunities, and guarantees wage and benefit parity for workers affected by the transition:

    THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the OPEIU Local 453 endorses House Resolution 109 and Senate Resolution 59 - Recognizing the Duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal and urges all congressional representatives to cosponsor the Resolutions,

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the OPEIU Local 453, supports the Green New Deal prioritizing decarbonization projects, union career opportunities, and investments in working-class, low-income and communities of color historically and disproportionality impacted by pollution, high unemployment, poverty, redlining, other effects of and environmental injustice; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that OPEIU Local 453 will continue to support the Green New Deal and the commitment to expand collective bargaining and ensure the creation of union standard jobs through card check neutrality agreements, prevailing wages, project labor agreements, enacting the provisions of the Employee Free Choice Act, and requiring direct partnerships with joint labor-management apprenticeship programs; and

    BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that OPEIU Local 453 will advocate for the Green New Deal in concert with our labor and environmental allies, community partners, and elected representatives.


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