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  •  So are the labor unions. nt (3+ / 0-)
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    •  Which Unions? Be specific so you don't fall into (17+ / 0-)

      the trap of repeating right-wing talking points.

      Facts are important brooklynbadboy... And usually you're brilliant when it comes to sticking to the facts.

      This time you failed.

      The Laborers International Union of North America is pro-Keystone XL. So are Koch funded American Petroleum Institute and National Association of Manufacturers (which id an anti-union group).

      The AFL-CIO has remained neutral.

      The SEIU, The Amalgamated Transit Union, the Transport Workers Union, National Nurses United, the Communications Workers of America, and the Domestic Workers Alliance all came out against Keystone XL.

      The Blue-Green Alliance didn’t take a position on Keystone XL at all.

      The Keystone Fight's Labor Pains

      "There are signs, though, that the smaller unions have been able to check the influence of the pro-pipeline unions and that some of the quieter unions may have stronger feelings about Keystone XL than they’ve let on. On February 17, when the Sierra Club, 350.org, and the Hip-Hop Caucus led the largest climate march to date in Washington, the Communications Workers of America joined them. And when the AFL-CIO’s Executive Council met in February, after the member unions debated making a statement on Keystone XL, what they released was a statement that was for the idea of pipelines in general. Pro-Keystone XL unions waved the statement around as a vindication of their work, but it didn’t go so far as to say, “Yes, we’re behind Keystone XL.”

      “In my 43 years in the labor movement, I can't recall another time that AFL-CIO has remained neutral on any jobs program. And for the last year and a half, they have been neutral on Keystone. That's historic and really important,” says Joe Uehlein, executive director of the Labor Network for Sustainability.

      What would it take for a larger chunk of the labor movement to sign up for a hard fight against climate change? Part of the problem right now is that the ideas of 2008 and 2009 are still hanging around, pretending to be useful. LIUNA’s proposal for working together with environmental group is to keep pushing for some sort of comprehensive climate-change legislation. “Green jobs” are ghostly."

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