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Unions fracture over climate

David Klein

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Unions fracture over climate

Unions fracture over climate

By DEBRA KAHN, SAMANTHA MALDONADO and CATHERINE BOUDREAU

09/01/2020 12:13 PM EDT
This week, we explore the tug of war between protecting union jobs and the transition to a cleaner economy.
A DIVIDED MOVEMENT
— Organized labor is often viewed as a cheerleader for the left, helping shape the agendas of Democratic lawmakers. But in statehouses from coast to coast and at the national level, unions have had no problem blocking green initiatives if they decide they're not in their members' interests.
Those who stand to lose the most from tightening environmental policies have been wielding their power the past few months to kill proposals in statehouses across the country. Broadly, the split among unions is most marked between trade unions whose jobs are tied to the fossil fuel industry and those representing the service sector, like health care, government and custodial workers.
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