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Thanu Yakupitiyage,, +1 (413) 687-5160 on SEIU Green New Deal Endorsement: "Economic Justice Is Climate Justice"


Yesterday, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) became the first major union to endorse the Green New Deal, specifically underscoring the policy platform's vitality in prioritizing workers, communities of color, and the working poor in the necessary and just transition to a fossil free world.

On this latest endorsement, Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, North America Director, issued the following statement:

"Economic justice is climate justice, and thanks SEIU for exercising its global leadership in endorsing a Green New Deal. True economic justice lifts up those who have been made voiceless and invisible, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color. We must band together to ensure the needs of these communities remain central to the vision and implementation of the Green New Deal.

'"We have a bold, shared vision for a just and equitable world: renewable energy, modern infrastructure, and resiliency projects creating millions of good jobs; breathable air and clean water for all of us; union, family-supporting jobs for anyone who wants one; job retraining programs; fully-funded pension funds for former and transitioning fossil fuel workers; a $15 federal minimum wage; and those most responsible, instead of our communities, paying the costs of climate destruction.

"While fossil fuel executives and their bought-and-paid-for politicians attempt to delay and divide us, we are coming together to build a movement at scale with the climate crisis. We look forward to building multiracial and multigenerational power together to fight for the world that puts our health, safety, and democracy ahead of corporate profit and greed."

350 is building a future that's just, prosperous, equitable and safe from the effects of the climate crisis. We're an international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all.