September 2, 2019 US statement on Labor Day worker and union solidarity

Washington, DC — With Labor Day landing just three weeks before the Global Climate Strikes, US stands in solidarity with workers and unions fighting for economic justice, and strives to ensure workers are prioritized in the just transition off fossil fuels toward a 100% renewable energy economy.  

On workers and union solidarity, Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, North America Director, issued the following statement:

“There’s no climate justice if workers are left behind. At this pivotal moment in history, US is making clear our commitment to our workers and unions who are both on the frontlines of the climate crisis and on the forefront of real solutions. True economic justice lifts up those who have been made voiceless and invisible, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color. 

“We have a bold, shared vision for a just and equitable world: renewable energy, modern infrastructure, and resiliency projects creating millions of good jobs; breathable air and clean water for all of us; union, family-supporting jobs for anyone who wants one; job retraining programs; fully-funded pension funds for former and transitioning fossil fuel workers; a $15 federal minimum wage; and those most responsible, instead of our communities, paying the costs of climate destruction.

“To build a world that prioritizes workers and truly works for all of us, we are coming together with multiracial and multigenerational power together in the lead-up to the September 20 Global Climate Strikes, and beyond.”


Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage, [email protected], +1 (413) 687-5160

For more on the September 20th Climate Strikes, visit: StrikeWithUs.Org