Climate Change and Labor:
Challenges and Opportunities

March 12, 2018

6:30 PM   Snacks and refreshments served
7:30–9 PM   Panel, discussion, and Q&A

ILWU Local 34
4 Berry Street, at 2nd and King (northeast of AT&T Park)  Map
San Francisco CA

Free admission. Ample on-site parking.
Convenient BART-MUNI access.

  • How will the transition to a low-carbon economy affect union members, their families and communities?
  • How is organized labor responding to the transition?
  • What kinds of policies and strategies can best address workers’ concerns?

We are on the threshold of an historic and inevitable transition, one that is already bringing both opportunities and challenges to organized labor.

But this transition will not affect all workers equally—steelworkers, pipe fitters, electricians, teachers, service employees, and government, communications, healthcare, auto, and hospitality workers. Even within the same trade unions, some workers will see new job opportunities, some will be less affected, others will face job losses.

During this transition, labor unions must be at the table. Opportunities may come in the form of job growth, project labor agreements, skill standards, and organizing the unorganized. Challenges may be met through retraining programs, relocation assistance, and healthcare and pension guarantees.

This forum is one attempt to help set that table. Its purpose is to grow communication channels between labor representatives, policy experts and climate advocates. We are looking for promising pathways to a prosperous and equitable future.


JB Tengco, Moderator. West Coast Executive Director, Blue Green Alliance

Betony Jones, Labor and Climate Policy Researcher

Susan Reed, International Representative, United Auto Workers

Victor Uno, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 595

Marguerite Young, Climate and Environmental Justice Coordinator, Service Employees International Union

A member of the United Steel Workers

Please RSVP

Seating is limited: Your RSVP is appreciated.

Sponsored by

League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville;
and the Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco Chapters of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
Video of the panel discussion will be available on the website of the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany and Berkeley.

Learn more

Download flyer. Press release.
For more information, please contact Dave Massen.