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EcoWobbles - EcoUnionist News #124

Compiled by x344543 - IWW Environmental Unionism Caucus, October 19, 2016

News of interest to green unionists:

Anti-Mining Campesino Shot Dead by Police in Peru - By No a la Mina, translated by Earth First! Journal, October 17, 2016 - At least one person died on Friday [October 14] in an Andean region of Peru after a confrontation between police and community members who blocked the main access road into the copper mine Las Bambas, one of the largest in the country, owned by MMG Ltd,  a subsidiary of Chinese firm Minmetals. The community members protested the large amounts of dust and noise which the trucks cause as they transport copper from the mine.

Enbridge cuts jobs in Houston and Canada - By Jordan Blum, FuelFix, October 19, 2016 - Calgary-based Enbridge on Wednesday eliminated 160 U.S. jobs, including about 45 in Houston, as part of the Canadian pipeline giant’s 5 percent workforce reduction overall.

For Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations - By staff, La Via Campesina, October 14, 2016 - As we celebrate [Food Sovereignty Day], we push forward for a radical transformation towards a fair and decent food system for all, based on principles of food sovereignty, which recognizes peoples’ needs, accords dignity and respects nature, and put people above profits!

General Electric cutting 255 Houston jobs; keeping Channelview complex open - By Jordan Blum, FuelFix, October 17, 2016 - GE is among many local manufacturers that have cut jobs as the oil bust reduced the demand for equipment, components and other goods. Houston area manufacturers have cut 25,000 jobs — about one in 10 — since the summer of 2014, when oil prices began their slide.

Inside DuPont and Monsanto's Migrant Labor Camps - Special Investigation, By Robert Holly, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, In These Times, September 20, 2016 - An in-depth investigation reveals that multibillion-dollar Big Ag corporations—including DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto—as well as small-scale farmers routinely use labor recruiters who crowd migrant workers in housing riddled with health and safety violations, such as bed bug infestations and a lack of running water. A newly built public database of housing inspection records exposes the dramatic scope of the problem: When state inspectors visit migrant labor camps, they find violations as much as 60 percent of the time.

Klamath Irrigators Illegal Piggy Bank Broken Up - By Kirsten Stade, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, October 13, 2016; [related]: The Klamath's Irrigation Elite is busted! - By Felice Pace, KlamBlog, October 13, 2016 - A federal water agency misspent millions of dollars intended for fish and wildlife and drought relief in the Klamath Basin on irrigator subsidies, according to new audit report which confirms charges leveled last year by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The federal agency, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, disputes these findings and, while the payments have ended, it refuses to change its practices to prevent future abuse or to recoup moneys illegally spent.

Luminant cutting 132 Texas jobs with mine closure - By Jordan Blum, FuelFix, October 17, 2016 - As coal power plants continue to struggle financially with natural gas and renewable power gaining market share, many Texas coal plants are only operating during select summer and winter months when demand is strongest. As such, Luminant is closing one of the four lignite coal mines that feeds its Martin Lake power plant. Because of a collective bargaining agreement, some of the job cuts are coming from the other mines that will remain in production as Luminant consolidates operations.

Oakland Port Trucking Boss Embroiled in Controversy - By Darwin BondGraham, East Bay Express, October 18, 2016 - Illegal soil dumping, junk on Caltrans property, expensive labor and investor fraud lawsuits, and a recent eviction from Port property are just some of Bill Aboudi's problems.

Statoil reports injuries at the Sture terminal - By staff, OilVoice, October 13, 2016 - Five people were sent to Haukeland Hospital after having been exposed to H2S gas (hydrogen sulfide)...The five people were exposed to H2S gas while working at a treatment facility for oily water inside the terminal area.

There’s a Nationwide Boycott of Wendy’s Underway - By Michelle Chen, The Nation, October 10, 2016; [related]: “Boot the Braids!” rings out across campuses throughout the Midwest and Southeast!- By staff, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, October 14th, 2016 - For over a decade the small coalition of farmworkers and community activists have taken on the giants of Big Ag and built a new system of labor protection. Now they’re taking the fight to a Goliath in red pigtails. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)—an internationally renowned farmworker group (and leading early labor ally of one former presidential candidate)—is leading a nationwide boycott of Wendy’s, to pressure the fast-food giant to participate in a “worker-led social responsibility” system that links corporate accountability with labor justice from farm to table.

Travay pou Klima dan Moris; climate jobs in Mauritius - By Jonathan Neale, Global Climate Jobs, October 15, 2016 - The Centre for Alternative Research and Studies held the first workshop for trade unionists in Mauritius on climate jobs in August.

Workers In Green Certified Buildings Are Healthier And Happier - By Stephen Hanley, Green Building Elements, October 16, 2016 - People who work in a building certified green by the US Green Building Council enjoy several advantages over those who work in high performance buildings that are not green certified. Researchers at Harvard’s School of Public Health and State University of New York’s Upstate Medical University studyied 109 workers at 10 buildings in 5 cities across the U.S. They discovered that working in a green certified buildings correlates with higher cognitive function scores, fewer sick building symptoms, and higher sleep quality scores.

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