By Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher
Over the past couple of years, the American labor movement has become an enthusiastic supporter of expanding "green jobs" that fight global warming. But the actual practice of implementing emissions-reducing policies that scientists say are safe has been a harder pill to swallow. Now, in a significant breakthrough, three large unions have come out in favor of the science-based emissions targets called for by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
As 250 international union delegates arrived in Copenhagen for the global climate summit, a statement by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and a joint statement by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) called for a 25 to 40 percent reduction on 1990 emissions levels for developed countries by 2020.