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Labor Leading on Climate Initiative

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The Labor Leading on Climate Initiative advances knowledge, policies, and practices to enhance the role of labor and working people in addressing the environmental and climate crises.

Research and Policy

The Climate Jobs Now! Summit took place on Oct. 27, 2017. The event was organized by The Worker Institute at Cornell, Climate Jobs NY and the office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In this plenary panel discussion, leaders from the building trades unions, environmental activists, community organizers and leaders from NYS government discuss working together to take on climate change and create good jobs and careers in the energy sector.

Panelists Include:

Facilitator: Richard Kauffman, Chair, Energy and Science Alicia Barton, President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Gary LaBarbera, President, Greater New York Building and Construction Trades Council Angela Tovar, Director, Community Development, The Point CDC Lisa Dix, Sr. New York Representative, Sierra Club 

The crisis of inequality is arguably one of the greatest social and economic issues facing the United States today.

In this webcast, representatives of The Worker Institute at Cornell examine the ways in which worker rights and collective representation impact inequality and explore innovative solutions developed by the labor movement to solve this growing crisis.

The presenters address the role that industrial and labor relations have historically had in reducing inequality and how changes in the country’s collective bargaining system can be linked to the extreme levels of inequality we see today. They also share new ways in which low-wage workers are organizing to address inequality and look at two specific examples: Caring Across Generations, a campaign that works to expand access to in-home care while creating living-wage jobs for care workers; and Fight for 15, a fast-food worker-led movement to raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour. 

Labor Standards Can Help Us Build Back Better

The Worker Institute's Labor Leading on Climate team examines the American Jobs Plan and explains why the built-in labor standards are critical to the proposal’s success.
Labor Standards

Double Trouble: How the PRO Act Could Solve Two Crises at Once

The Worker Institute's Labor Leading on Climate research team provides insight into the PRO Act and the climate crises.
State Climate Labor Risks

The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World

The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World with a Commitment to Ambitious Climate Action, Racial Justice, and Good Jobs
Image of Wind Power

Labor in the Time of Trump

This chapter outlines approaches to three major tensions that must be addressed to build a pro-­ union climate movement.
Labor in the Time of Trump Cover

Transitioning to a 21st Century Energy System

A Workforce – Focused White Paper on Just Transition from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers of New York State
Power Plant

Reversing Inequality, Combatting Climate Change

In 2017 the Worker Institute at Cornell University’s ILR School published the report, “Reversing Inequality, Combatting Climate Change: A Climate Jobs Program for New York State."
Reversing Inequality Cover

Transport Workers and Climate Change

ITF Strong Unions, Sustainable Transport discussion document for the ITF Climate Change conference in Mexico City.
Truck Driving