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Cornell Global Labor Institute

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The Copenhagen Accord: What Does it Mean for Labor?

Labor Leaders Climate Forum Meeting Conference Call

Date and Time:  Wednesday, February 3rd, 3:00pm- 4:00pm EST
RSVP TO:  Jill Kubit, or 212.340.2840

Draft Agenda

Introduction and Moderator:
Sean Sweeney, Cornell Global Labor Institute

  • Overview of the Copenhagen Accord: Jill Kubit, Cornell Global Labor Institute
  • The Status of National and State Level Climate Protection Policies: Lara Skinner, Cornell Global Labor Institute 
  • Reports from COP 15 Trade Union Delegates: Boilermakers, TWU, SEIU

Discussion: Where does US labor go from here? What are the key priorities moving forward for the international process and the national legislation?

About COP 15

In December, the Global Labor Institute joined 31 representatives from the US labor movement at the United Nations climate change negotiations (COP 15) in Copenhagen. During the two weeks of negotiations, US union delegates participated in various trainings, side events, panels, workshops, strategy meetings, media events, and meetings with US government delegates.

Delegates from the US labor movement included: Terry O'Sullivan, President of the Laborers; Mike Langford, President of the Utility Workers, Gerry Hudson, International Vice President of SEIU; Roger Toussaint, International Vice President of Transport Workers Union; Richard Iannuzzi,Vice-President of the AFT and President of New York State Union of Teachers (NYSUT); Ron Heintzman, Vice-President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU); Terrence Healy, Vice-President of the Laborers; and Mike Fishman, President of SEIU Local 32BJ.

The GLI has been instrumental in building the US delegation and providing technical assistance and training to delegates since COP13 in 2007.