• Conversion: Alternatives for the GM Shutdown

    GM’s announcement that it will halt production at its award-winning assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario was hardly a surprise, though it still managed to stun the federal and Ontario governments. #SaveOshawaGM #GreenJobs Keep reading »

  • A Just Transition From Climate Change and Unemployment

    The global economy is facing numerous structural challenges. With the looming fourth economic revolution characterized by even more technological development and mechanization, the future of productive labour is bleak. Most unskilled and semi-skilled workers are likely to lose their jobs. Even some skilled workers are not spared from this emerging catastrophe, as numerous job categories … Keep reading »

  • Can Autoworkers Save the Climate?

    At the UN Climate Change Conference COP 19, the even-more-depressing-than-usual climate summit that took place in Warsaw in 2013, one small ray of light made it through the dark corporate clouds that were otherwise suffocating even the slightest effort to address the ongoing environmental disaster. On the last day of the conference, an unusual alliance … Keep reading »

  • Green Jobs

    Toronto — 22 February 2015. The Newest Challenge for Workers and Unions We cannot develop an ecologically-responsible and just economy without considering the consequences for work and employment. But what is the meaning of ‘green work’ in capitalist societies of endless production and consumption for the purposes of profits? If we scale back on tar sands, … Watch video »

  • The Future We Don’t Want

    ILO Discussion on “Green Economy” is out of step with many unions and social movements The “green economy” was one of the central issues debated during this year’s International Labour (ILO) Conference in Geneva. Business, workers and governments discussed “sustainable development, decent jobs and green jobs.” It is doubtless an achievement to have sustainable development on … Keep reading »

  • Greening Work in an Age of Uncertainty

    Is There Something Worse than Climate Change Denial? The theme for the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Durban was “Working Together: Saving Tomorrow Today.” Canada’s conservative government, backed by the U.S., is, however, clearly not interested in working with others on addressing global warming. Prior to the conference, Canada’s Environment Minister, Peter Kent, setting … Keep reading »