Resolution: Support the Green New Deal
Whereas: climate change threatens all people (our customers) but especially letter carriers, who work outside facing its dangerous effects: huge wild fires, freezing polar vortices, monster hurricanes, etc., and
Whereas: the U.N. commissioned Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has twelve years to cut greenhouse gas emissions enough to hold global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius—and avoid civilization-threatening consequences of climate change – “requiring rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”, and
Whereas: the IPPC has modeled technology pathways that can prevent the most catastrophic levels of global warming, and determined that the least expensive pathways with the highest probability of success require increased deployment of renewable energy, carbon capture and storage, as well as significant efficiency increases in transportation, buildings and industry; and
Whereas: tens of thousands of members of affiliate unions are employed in industries that rely on the production, transportation or use of fossil fuels, or live in regions of the nation where fossil fuel production, transportation or use is the primary economic driver in their communities; and
Whereas: just as every other worker, those workers and their communities have a right to a strong, viable economic future, which includes good jobs at union wages and benefits as part of a just transition to address climate change, and
Whereas: the fastest and most equitable way to address climate change is for labor to be at the center of creating solutions that reduce emissions while investing in our communities, maintaining and creating high-wage union jobs, and reducing poverty, and
Whereas: a 2017 resolution stating that the AFL-CIO believes that the United States Congress should enact comprehensive energy and climate legislation that creates good jobs and addresses the threat of climate change, and
Whereas: the Green New Deal, a resolution sponsored by over 100 congress people (including five from Oregon) is a 10-year plan to mobilize every aspect of American society at a scale not seen since World War II to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and create economic prosperity for all that advocates to:
- Move America to 100% clean and renewable energy
- Create millions of union jobs with family-supporting living wages,
- Ensure a just transition for all communities and workers to ensure economic security for people and communities that have historically relied on fossil fuel industries,
- Ensure justice and equity for frontline communities by prioritizing investment, training, climate and community resiliency, economic and environmental benefits in these communities.
Build on FDR’s second bill of rights by guaranteeing:
- A job with dignity to support a family with living wages, providing just family and medical leave, vacations, and retirement security
- High-quality education, including higher education and trade schools
- Clean air and water and access to nature
- Healthy food
- High-quality health care
- Safe, affordable, adequate housing, and
Whereas: NALC Branch 82 has supported a local version of the Green New Deal, the Portland Clean Energy Initiative, and has proposed and passed a national NALC position supporting alternative fuel postal vehicles;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Oregon State Association of Letter Carriers supports the AFL-CIO as it fights politically and legislatively to secure and maintain employment, pensions and health care for workers affected by changes in the energy market; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the OSALC will support the passage of key energy and environmental policies with a focus on ensuring high labor standards, the creation of union jobs and environmental sustainability; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that the OSALC go on record in support of the Green New Deal, and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED: that OSALC urge the national NALC and local, state and national AFL-CIO bodies to support the Green New Deal.
This post was previously published on Labor4sustainability.org and is republished here with permission from the author.
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