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Carbon Bubble News #95

Compiled by x344543 - IWW Environmental Unionism Caucus, March 15, 2016

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Carbon Bubble News #94

Compiled by x344543 - IWW Environmental Unionism Caucus, March 7, 2016

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Carbon Bubble News #93

Compiled by x344543 - IWW Environmental Unionism Caucus, March 1, 2016

A supplement to Eco Unionist News:

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Organizing oil workers in a time of crisis

By Chelsea Carrick - Socialist Worker, February 24, 2016

The transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy sources is discussed primarily through an environmental lens--and for good reason. With the rapid depletion of planetary resources and the growing frequency of extreme weather events, it has become increasingly clear that capitalist forms of fossil-fuel extraction will continue to ignore the world's natural limits--even to the point of obliterating the possibility of life on earth.

But in addition to drawing awareness to environmental devastation and organizing resistance to it, it's also critical to organize in defense of the interests of the people who actually work in the fossil-fuel industry. The recent and dramatic collapse in oil prices illustrates why this is essential.

In circumstances like now, workers are more likely to harbor grievances against their employers as it becomes apparent just how precarious their seemingly stable jobs actually are. In recent months, workers are being laid off every day, and those once able to rely on overtime pay are seeing their hours cut. In communities where fossil fuels are the primary engine of economic growth, the entire local economy slumps.

In these communities, layoffs and spending cuts at energy firms mean increasingly unsafe working conditions for the workers who remain. Entire communities are facing a painful and rapid transition from boomtowns into economic wastelands.

CASPER, WYOMING, is one of these places. Nicknamed "Oil City" because of its long history as an oil-producing town, the oil industry is touted as the ultimate job creator. But the problem is that the industry that created this community is the same industry that's destroying it. And workers are noticing.

Workers in oil extraction facilities are six times more likely to die on the job than the average worker. Major oil companies can avoid responsibility for on-the-job deaths because federal regulators do not have a systematic way to record deaths in this field, and certain fatalities do not need to be included in OSHA reports. Additionally, diseases with a long latency are rarely reported.

EcoUnionist News #92

Compiled by x344543 - IWW Environmental Unionism Caucus, February 22, 2016

The following news items feature issues, discussions, campaigns, or information potentially relevant to green unionists:

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The Thin Green Line:

Just Transition:

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An Injury to One is an Injury to All:

Greenwashers:

Whistleblowers:

Disaster Capitalism:

EcoUnionist News #91

Compiled by x344543 - IWW Environmental Unionism Caucus, February 15, 2016

The following news items feature issues, discussions, campaigns, or information potentially relevant to green unionists:

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EcoUnionist News #90

Compiled by x344543 - IWW Environmental Unionism Caucus, February 9, 2016

The following news items feature issues, discussions, campaigns, or information potentially relevant to green unionists:

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The Thin Green Line:

Just Transition:

Bread and Roses:

An Injury to One is an Injury to All:

Greenwashers:

EcoUnionist News #89

Compiled by x344543 - IWW Environmental Unionism Caucus, February 2, 2016

The following news items feature issues, discussions, campaigns, or information potentially relevant to green unionists:

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The Thin Green Line:

Bread and Roses:

An Injury to One is an Injury to All:

Whistleblowers:

Greenwashers:

EcoUnionist News #88

Compiled by x344543 - IWW Environmental Unionism Caucus, January 26, 2016

The following news items feature issues, discussions, campaigns, or information potentially relevant to green unionists:

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The Thin Green Line:

Bread and Roses:

An Injury to One is an Injury to All:

Whistleblowers:

Greenwashers:

EcoUnionist #87 - Carbon Bubble Bursting Edition

Compiled by x344543 - IWW Environmental Unionism Caucus, January 18, 2016

The following news items feature issues, discussions, campaigns, or information potentially relevant to green unionists:

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The Thin Green Line:

Bread and Roses:

An Injury to One is an Injury to All:

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