US Labor Day 2015: Uniting labor, climate, and racial justice movements our best hope for better future

US Labor Day 2015: Uniting labor, climate, and racial justice movements our best hope for better future

The following column was co-written by leaders in the climate justice and union movement in the US.  The writer address many important issues facing working people across the globe. The authors are: Aaron Mair, Sierra Club president; Estela Vazquez, 1199 Service Employees International Union executive vice president; and Lenore Friedlaender, assistant to the president of 32BJ SEIU.

This Labor Day, we are joining together to celebrate the contributions of workers of all races, ethnicities, and nationalities to the struggle to hold our country true to the promise of a political and economic democracy, "with liberty and justice for all."

We recognize that the movement for a truly just society is much stronger when we join forces.  The same interests who stand in the way of workers' struggles for economic justice are standing in the way of environmental justice and a clean energy economy, and they are standing in the way of racial and immigrant justice.


People's Climate March in NYC on Sept. 21, 2014.
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People's Climate March in NYC on Sept. 21, 2014.