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How Workers Can Demand Climate Justice
A Bargaining for the Common Good approach to the climate crisis


... Bargaining for the Common Good (BCG) is an innovative way of building community-labor alignments, bringing unions and allies together, that go beyond the limits to traditional collective bargaining and jointly shape bargaining campaigns that advance the mutual interests of workers and communities alike. It developed over the last decade out of the struggles of teachers in St. Paul, Chicago, and Seattle; out of the fights of public employees in San Diego and Los Angeles; and in other settings where unions partnered with their community allies to advance a common agenda through direct-action protests—including strikes—and campaigns that targeted the power structures of their communities.

The strike by members of the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) in January 2019 provides a great example of what BCG looks like in action. The union tackled issues that were central to the working-class communities the school district serves. The teachers won commitments from the district to reduce class sizes, increase investment in the schools, hire school nurses and full-time librarians, reduce standardized testing and random searches of students, provide more green spaces for students, and launch a dedicated hotline for immigrant families who need legal assistance....

In a recent article, Nato Green of SEIU Local 1021 called for unions to bargain over climate change. Green argued that the introduction of the Green New Deal resolution by Ocasio-Cortez and Markey opened the possibilities of constructing a common good framework through which to confront the climate catastrophe. We agree.

There are three areas in which BCG campaigns can help us link to existing climate justice work on the local level and move action agendas that are not dependent on Washington:

Climate change mitigation—reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with a just transition for workers, in order to slow global warming;
Environmental equity—pursuing an equitable distribution of environmental benefits and burdens in order to eradicate the legacy of environmental racism; and
Just recoveries—putting the interests of communities and workers before private profits in the wake of climate disasters, such as extreme storms and wildfires, and economic disasters, such as mine and plant closures.

BCG campaigns in these three areas can effectively link local efforts to national campaigns and begin to make the Green New Deal happen locally, from the ground up, while we also continue to fight for the change that is needed at the federal level....
I don't know much about this, but it sounds like a possible tool towards restoring the relevance of unions to the wider society.
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Unread post by O Really » Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:25 pm

It could be presented as punitive, and probably is, but really, stopping heath coverage during a strike is neither unusual or illegal. It's a little unusual to turn the plan off this soon into the strike, but that's likely a sign GM expects it to drag on for a while. Anyway UAW will pick up the COBRA costs for the members and coverage will continue. Strikes are usually pretty miserable for everyone.

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O Really wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:25 pm
It could be presented as punitive, and probably is, but really, stopping heath coverage during a strike is neither unusual or illegal. It's a little unusual to turn the plan off this soon into the strike, but that's likely a sign GM expects it to drag on for a while. Anyway UAW will pick up the COBRA costs for the members and coverage will continue. Strikes are usually pretty miserable for everyone.
Thanks. My main interest is in a fair comprehensive settlement, not just the heath coverage issue.
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Unread post by O Really » Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:17 pm

“In business as in life, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate.”

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O Really wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:17 pm
“In business as in life, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate.”
Or what you AND your friends negotiate.
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Unread post by neoplacebo » Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:09 am

I saw this story yesterday and it's still on Yahoo's front page this morning. Wise County VA is a very depressed area of SW Virginia; for the past couple of years about every four months or so medical professionals in the surrounding areas have donated their time and services to poor folks that live there and provide medical, dental, and vision care to people that can't afford it. Local tv news stories about these events invariably reveal that people begin lining up at 3am or earlier to be near the head of the line for help. Ballad Health recently took over pretty much all the hospitals in E TN and SW VA; one of the first things they did was to de certify the hospital here in Kingsport as a level 1 trauma center; the closest one to me here is now 25 miles away. This article illustrates in stark terms what Ballad's main concern is.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/cant-pay-med ... 19820.html

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neoplacebo wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:09 am
I saw this story yesterday and it's still on Yahoo's front page this morning. Wise County VA is a very depressed area of SW Virginia; for the past couple of years about every four months or so medical professionals in the surrounding areas have donated their time and services to poor folks that live there and provide medical, dental, and vision care to people that can't afford it. Local tv news stories about these events invariably reveal that people begin lining up at 3am or earlier to be near the head of the line for help. Ballad Health recently took over pretty much all the hospitals in E TN and SW VA; one of the first things they did was to de certify the hospital here in Kingsport as a level 1 trauma center; the closest one to me here is now 25 miles away. This article illustrates in stark terms what Ballad's main concern is.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/cant-pay-med ... 19820.html
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Asheville's Mission Hospital went on a flurry of absorbing smaller hospitals over the past decade. Most were non-profits, most communities were happy to do it, and there certainly were benefits to joining the network. Then Mission, itself a non-profit, sold out to a private company. This must have been the plan all along, yet it was never revealed to these smaller hospitals and their communities. I can't say what the effects have been, but it feels like a betrayal.
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