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Resolutions & Amendments

43rd International Convention - Boston, MA (2018)

Climate Change: the Real Job-Killer? Transitioning to Sustainable Jobs and a Sustainable Future

Resolution No. 47
43rd International Convention
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
July 16 - 20, 2018
Boston, MA


Climate change is perhaps as much an economic issue as it is an environmental issue, and represents a dagger pointed at the heart of AFSCME because our very existence relies on the ability to negotiate good contracts tied to solvent, stable government budgets; and


Local, state and federal budgets are already being adversely affected by extreme weather events tied to climate change manifestations, such as ever-larger and more powerful storms, epic droughts and year-round fire “seasons,” rising sea levels and unprecedented floods; and


Climate change chaos is poised to become perhaps the biggest job killer of all for working people, yet remains largely unrecognized as such; and


Virtually every climate change scientist agrees that further emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming, increasing the likelihood of additional pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems; and


The corresponding costs to local, state and federal budgets are immense and will only increase as environmental devastation accelerates; and


The Labor Network for Sustainability (LNS) is a growing national organization based in the labor movement, which seeks to advance a just, pragmatic transition from an economy and climate in deep crisis to one that has a sustainable future; and


LNS honors those workers who build fossil fuel infrastructure, and those who work in the fossil fuel chain, and will fight for a just transition for those workers as fossil fuel jobs disappear and our economy changes; moreover, as we take on the massive job of adapting to the warming world, we will fight for Project Labor Agreements for the building trades unions whose members will need to do that critical work far into the future.


AFSCME pledges to support educational efforts about the threats of climate change and its associated economic, social and political costs so that we may become part of the solution in protecting workers, their communities and other climate-vulnerable communities; and


AFSCME shall work with allies who have an interest in protecting workers in a just transition to sustainable jobs in a sustainable future; and


AFSCME will support a study on the impact of climate change on public budgets.

Josette Jaramillo, President and Delegate
AFSCME Local 1335, Council 18 Colorado