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    :: Thursday, June 05, 2008 ::

    Steelworkers’ ‘Blue-Green Alliance’ Seeks New Good Jobs and a Clean Environment - LaborTalk by Harry Kelber
    A significant initiative, the “Blue-Green Alliance,” has been created by a partnership between the United Steel Workers (USW), North America’s largest trade union in manufacturing, with 850,000 members, and the Sierra Club, the nation’s largest grassroots organization, with 750,000 members.. The Alliance will “pursue a joint public policy agenda under the banner of “Good Jobs, a Clean Environment and a Safer World.”

    “We have reached a point in the development of a global economy where we can either use our planet’s resources for long-term sustainability or to create an ever more dangerous polarization of wealth and poverty,” said Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club.

    Leo Gerard, USW president, commented: “Good jobs and a clean environment are important to American workers — we cannot have one without the other. In fact, secure 21st century jobs are those that will help solve the problem of global warming with energy efficiency and renewable energy.”
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