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Friday Evening Owls: How unions can bridge the hole between local weather and labor actions

Environmental groups and workers' organizations are coordinated on many issues, and some work closely together. According to Rebecca Wolf, a senior organizer on the Factory Farm Team at Food and Water Watch and a member of the NPEU, If you"Our real focus is on corporate control. Union formation by workers inherently strikes back against corporate control and control of the food system. I see environmental organizations in corporate partnerships all the time, and we have a tough line against it. "

While unions are funded only through membership fees, many environmental organizations accept money from corporate donors, some of whom compete against unions in their own workplaces. These dynamics can lead to tensions between employees and managers in environmental organizations, who can have different priorities. (…)

And while unions can make impressive gains in terms of wages, benefits and a voice at work, their real power lies in their ability to shut down the economy when necessary. Overall, workers in nonprofits and other progressive organizations are not necessarily in the strategic position to leverage to generate the greatest gains for the climate – their strike would not have a material impact on the wider economy. Logistics, healthcare and education workers have far more power to make our economy and society work better. And construction workers, who are likely to have more jobs when laws like the Green New Deal are passed, could have a huge impact on climate policy. Their unions are big and powerful, and their members are construction workers and electricians whose work will be directly affected by both climate change and climate legislation. While construction workers tend to be conservative, the potential for more work and membership could make them a deciding factor in getting a Green New Deal through. (…)

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At Daily Kos that day in 2006– Giving until it hurts:

Senator Hillary Clinton transferred $ 2.1 million from her Senate re-election account to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on October 5. She also gave $ 250,000 to the DCCC and $ 150,000 to the New York State Democratic Party. (Hotline sources) (I) is this on top of the $ 1 million she was supposed to give earlier? It's unclear, but one way or another it shows that Clinton sees the importance of the November election. she had over $ 22 million CoH at the end of the third quarter so she can afford it.

I am impressed with the sacrifices so many of us are making to help the party and its various candidates. People are seriously diving into their cost of living to make a difference this fall. I get pissed off when I see Dems without serious challengers, with fat campaign accounts that don't contribute. If they expect the party's grassroots base to help fund their efforts, they must lead by example.

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