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ProudtobeAmerican

The perception of unions today is often based upon old models, when the US had many more jobs based upon manufacturing. It should be noted that most union workers in this day and age are public sector...teachers, librarians, nurses, janitors, firemen, etc.

What many folks don't know is that the "rank and file" at the Sierra Club chose to unionize some years back too!

Construction unions still exist, but they have largely been busted by development interests, who now often bypass trained and skilled union workers for unskilled and often undocumented workers.

I applaud the Green movement for aligning with what is left of the union movement! As Mr. Green notes, our mutual opposition to NAFTA is evidence of where we (coulda, shoulda) might have effected change. Sadly, we lost that battle, and the ramifications are enormous.

Diana  Krantz

I don't agree that the Sierra Club should be taking a position on this. In my city a few years ago an attempt to construct a fully "green" building was successfully thwarted by the plumbers union which insisted that only flushable urinals be used (so they'd have the work).

And the small private school I once worked at was closed down because they couldn't afford to install central air-conditioning in the space they wished to renovate (after U. of Penn took over their existing site) as demanded by the local union.

Unions are neither intrinsically good nor bad for the environment - it all depends on the specific situation. We have other battles to fight with our dues!

columbia sportswear

What many folks don't know is that the "rank and file" at the Sierra Club chose to unionize some years back too!

I applaud the Green movement for aligning with what is left of the union movement!

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