Tag: GreenJobs

  • Take It Over: The Struggle for Green Production in Oshawa

    In November 2018, Detroit-based General Motors dealt a staggering blow to 2,700 Canadian workers when it announced plans leading to the closure of a key automotive assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario. In its heyday decades earlier, GM Oshawa had been the largest auto complex in North America and had employed twenty-three thousand workers. But those … Keep reading »

  • Should GM Oshawa be publicly owned?

    The Oats podcast interviews Tony Leah and Rebecca Keetch about GM’s decision to wind down vehicle assembly at its facility in Oshawa, Ontario. Listen to audio »

  • Ecosocialism and Just Transition

    Climate change requires major societal change. But how do we ensure this transformation is done in a fair and just manner? John Bellamy Foster – a renowned environmental sociologist and editor of Monthly Review – takes a look at the idea of the Just Transition, arguing that any strategy to save the planet must go … Keep reading »

  • Electric Vehicle Production is Possible in Oshawa

    Green Jobs Oshawa distributed this leaflet at the Unifor Constitutional Convention on Wednesday, August 21. It calls for government action to establish electric vehicle production in Oshawa, under public ownership. Oshawa could be the manufacturing centre for battery electric vans and other vehicles, anchored by production for Canada Post and other federal, provincial, and municipal … Keep reading »

  • 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 »