L.A. LABOR SHOWS THE WAY TO A GREEN NEW DEAL

05/09/2019

 

For Immediate Release – Friday, March 22, 2019

Media Contact: Josh Kamensky, josh@oceanmo.com, 323 326 7438

L.A. LABOR SHOWS THE WAY TO A GREEN NEW DEAL

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor resolution shows unanimous support for union jobs and diverse communities in the fight against climate disaster

Los Angeles, CA-The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is publicly calling on “a Green New Deal or similar effort” to simultaneously address climate change and economic inequality using proven models driven by the labor movement. The announcement comes following a unanimous vote by the Fed’s executive leadership board for a resolution which can be viewed here.

“The Los Angeles labor movement has spent years fighting for a better environment through building worker power, said Rusty Hicks, Secretary Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, “The window to address a looming climate disaster is shrinking dramatically, and we already see working people’s lives bearing the brunt of that disaster, in their homes and at their jobs, fighting fires, navigating floods, and enduring rising temperatures and dirtier air. Economic inequality and threats to the environment are deeply intertwined, and a Green New Deal framework is vital to fighting both. We don’t have time to pit jobs against the environment. We never did.”

Under the resolution, the LA Fed committed to continue its support for policies and programs driven by affiliates and allies that address the climate change crisis, increase safety and air quality on industrial sites, protect existing union jobs, and drive the creation of new union jobs for diverse communities with an emphasis on sustainability and renewable energy.

While Los Angeles has been a leader in taking on environmental and economic issues, the LA Fed’s resolution recognizes that many, especially people of color and those living in low-income communities, continue to be exposed to life-threatening levels of pollution and contaminants, underscoring the need for further action.

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and its affiliates have led many cutting-edge campaigns that embody the principles set forth in the Green New Deal, from reducing car pollution through the expansion of a city rail system to ensuring clean and safe water across Los Angeles County with the passage of Measure W. These transformative initiatives have created hundreds of union career opportunities for communities in need of good jobs while shifting Los Angeles away from a carbon-based economy.

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