Labor and Environment Coalitions: A Must for Survival of Both


June 8, 2019 1:30 pm
The Historic Pump House at the Waterfront
880 East Waterfront Drive, Munhall 15120

Keynote Speaker: Joe UehleinLabor Network for Sustainability: dedicated to Making a Living  on a Living Planet!

Joe Uehlein is the President of the Labor Network for Sustainability. Joe previously served as Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO’s Industrial Union Department, and as Director of the AFL-CIO Center for Strategic Campaigns. Joe also served on the United Nation’s first commission on global warming from its inception in 1988 until 2003. Joe started his trade union work at an aluminum extrusion mill in Mechanicsburg, PA as a member of the United Steel Workers (USW), and then worked heavy and highway construction as a member of the Laborers Union, LiUNA Local 158 in Central Pennsylvania.

Panel Response to Keynote address:

Jim Kuntz, Business Manager, and International Vice-President, Operating Engineers Local 66

Rosemary Bezy, Vice-President, USW Local 1557, US Steel Clairton Works

Eva Resnik-Day, Community Organizer with the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Campaign to bring the City to 100% renewable clean energy

Tina Doose, President of Braddock Borough Council 

Patty DeMarco, Author: “Pathways to Our Sustainable Future-  Global Perspective from Pittsburgh”, Forest Hills Borough Council, 2016-2020

Patty DeMarco will direct breakout into small group sessions to discuss ideas and proposals drawing on the participants’ work experience, knowledge and ideas to begin filling in the blanks in the Green New Deal: what kind of jobs we want to create in renewable energy, weaning the economy off fossil fuels, environmental clean-up, changing the way energy is used, redesigning transportation systems, etc.; ensuring that green jobs are good-paying union jobs; and that the needs workers and communities that are losing in the move away from dirty energy be addressed, but also that the Green New Deal has to be a new deal for communities and populations who never really benefited from the economic opportunities in the fossil fuel economy.

 Summary and Sharing Results, plans for an ongoing dialogue and the future.

Program Co-Sponsors: Izaak Walton League of America Allegheny County, United Electrical Workers Union (UE), Pittsburgh DSA Eco-Socialism Committee, Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance.

Free and open to the public – wheelchair accessible.

Can Labor and the Environment Co-exist? Join us on Saturday, June 8th at 1:30 for this round-table discussion! Let Us Know if You plan to Attend!
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