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EcoWobbles - EcoUnionist News #126

Compiled by x344543 - IWW Environmental Unionism Caucus, October 28, 2016

News of interest to green unionists:

Armed militants pose ongoing, dangerous threat to government employees working to protect America’s public lands - By staff, Center for Western Priorities, October 28, 2016 - The militant occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is but one of many instances of militia groups threatening the safety of public land managers. And while the Bundy family and their devotees fall far outside mainstream public opinion on Western public lands, militants remain committed to using public lands and government employees to express their anti-government sentiments.

Deepwater Horizon Continues to Impact Public Health - By S. E. Smith, Truthout, October 25, 2016 - It's hard to believe that the Deepwater Horizon incident, which discharged over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, happened six years ago. What's not hard to believe is that the environmental health implications of the spill are stubbornly lingering.

15 dead, several trapped in coal mining explosion in western China - By Cecilia Jamasmie, Mining.Com, November 1, 2016 - Rescuers in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing were still trying to locate Tuesday 18 missing miners feared dead after being trapped underground following a gas explosion that killed 15 others on Monday.

Ky. says 'pencils down,' but one group is writing a plan - By Emily Holden, E&E Publishing, October 25, 2016 - Late last year, when it became clear incoming Republican Gov. Matt Bevin didn't want to plan for federal climate regulations, a small group of Kentuckians decided to take things into their own hands.

Local Police Set Up Alcohol, Drug Checkpoint for Cove Point LNG Construction Workers - By Mark Hand, DC Media Group, October 26, 2016 - The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office set up the checkpoint on Sept. 23 on a county-owned road that construction workers drive on as they head to a privately owned parking and project staging area, named Offsite Area A. Each day, after parking their vehicles, the workers are then transported in buses to the Cove Point construction site in Lusby, Md.

NYC school bus worker strike averted after talks to settle healthcare contract - By Erin Durkin and Reuven Blau, New York Daily News, October 31, 2016 - The union representing school bus drivers and attendants who work for Jofaz Transportation and Y&M Transit reached a tentative contract agreement just after 10 p.m. Monday.

Northeast “Behind the Braids” Tour heads north to Providence, Boston! - By staff, Coalition of Immokalee Workers. All rights reserved,  October 28th, 2016 - After wrapping up a powerful visit to New York — which kicked off with a high-spirited march led by the ever-boisterous Lower East Side Girls Club and concluded with a stirring evening vigil outside the luxurious hedge fund offices of Wendy’s Board Chairman, Nelson Peltz — the Northeast “Behind the Braids” Tour headed up I-95 to spread the Fair Food word throughout historic New England!

November 16 marks the global day of action against trade union repression - By Piergiorgio Moro and Jiselle Hanna, Rabble.Ca, October 28, 2016 - Labour updates of workers' struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.

1 dead, 5 injured in gas pipeline explosion - By Samantha Page, Think Progress, October 31, 2016; [related]: 1 Dead, Several Injured in Colonial Pipeline Explosion - By Dan Zukowski, EcoWatch, November 1, 2016 | America’s OPEC, Part II: New Gas Pipeline Mess In Alabama - By Tina Casey, Clean Technica, November 2, 2016 - A gasoline pipeline in central Alabama exploded Monday night, killing one pipeline worker and injuring five others. The ensuing fire burned 32 acres of nearby woodlands, and residents in a 3-mile radius were evacuated Monday afternoon, according to a statement from Gov. Robert Bentley.

RMT CALLS FOR GENERAL STRIKE! - By staff, Workers' Revolutionary Party, November 2, 2016 - RMT leaders yesterday responded defiantly to Southern rail’s threat that if guards strike and do not sign new contracts by Friday, they will be considered to have sacked themselves.

SEPTA strike begins - By Jason Laughlin, Philadelphia Inquirer, November 1, 2016; [related]: Philadelphia SEPTA TWU Local 234 President Willie Brown Predicted Strike in 2014, by Steve Zeltser, Transport Workers Solidarity Committee, November 1, 2016 | No deal reached as SEPTA strike enters 2nd day - By Jason Laughlin, Philadelphia Inquirer, November 2, 2016 - Despite last minute negotiations and a visit from Democratic heavy-hitter Congressman Bob Brady, 4,738 SEPTA workers walked off the job Monday night, beginning a strike that halted subways, trolleys and buses in Philadelphia.

Volkswagen: Job Cuts Coming With Shift To EVs, But No Forced Dismissals - By James Ayre, Clean Technica, November 2, 2016 - One of the background factors related to German auto manufacturer inaction with regard to electric vehicles, a factor that isn’t often publicly acknowledged, is that if the companies in question did make a rapid transition to electric vehicles, then there would be huge layoffs as many jobs and core skills became unnecessary.

We must stand with Standing Rock - By Brian Ward, Socialist Worker, October 31, 2016 - Brian Ward reports on the latest wave of repression and mass arrests aimed at the anti-pipeline protesters in Standing Rock.

What’s happening with all the global trade deals? - By Zachary Davies Boren, Greenpeace Energydesk, October 24, 2016 - Free trade deals around the world are in crisis, just as the UK is preparing to negotiate a clutch of new agreements that would replace its membership of the European Union.

Why Dakota Is the New Keystone - By Bill McKibben, New York Times, October 28, 2016 - The Native Americans who have spent the last months in peaceful protest against an oil pipeline along the banks of the Missouri are standing up for tribal rights. They’re also standing up for clean water, environmental justice and a working climate. And it’s time that everyone else joined in.

Wyoming Worker Safety Remains A Concern - By Bob Beck, Wyoming Public Media, October 28, 2016 - A study from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services shows that while workplace fatalities have decreased overall, there has not been a significant trend in (oil and gas related) workplace deaths for almost 25 years.

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