Democracy News: The future of labor and the environment

March 13, 2015
Liberty Tree Foundation
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Dear [% member:name_first default="friend" %],
You many not have heard much about it in the mainstream media, but for the last month workers at over a dozen oil refineries have been striking for safer working conditions.  In total 30,00 workers responsible for more than 20% of the nation's refining capacity have walked off the job in California, Washington, Texas, Ohio, and Indiana.
Many in the environmental movement have been standing in solidarity with the striking workers, drawing the connections between workplace safety and community environmental protection.  This alliance has led to renewed calls for long-term energy democracy and community control over our energy supply.
Read on for more information about the strike, and be sure to check out Liberty Tree's Global Climate Convergence project, which is organizing for a People's Climate Strike ahead of the U.N. COP climate summit in Paris in December.
United Steel Workers announces possible contract with Shell as historic strike continues
Workers speak out about their decision to strike against deadly working conditions
Environmental organizations stand with labor during oil strike, contributing to its success
Oil strike revives long history of job actions in the fossil fuel industry
Could oil workers strike empower the movement for democratic control over our energy supply?

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