A TUC event in Cornwall highlighting union concerns for the environment and the need for grass roots support for action on climate change has attracted a leading trade unionist from the USA.
Barbara Byrd, who runs the AFL-CIO (the TUC in the USA) regional office in Oregon, is speaking at the ‘Building Alliances to Change the Way we Live and Work’ conference, taking place today at the U-Net Union Learning Centre, in St Austell. Other speakers include Tim Smit, co-founder and executive director of the Eden Project, and Nigel Costley, South West TUC Regional Secretary, Green Workplaces project.
Geoff Hale, unionlearn regional development worker in Cornwall, said: “The event reflects the unions’ concerns for the environment and the contribution working people can make to fighting climate change. We are delighted that these speakers have agreed to join us.”
Byrd, has played a key role in the US in encouraging their work on climate change and energy policy, including as a member of the ITUC delegation to the UN conferences. She has been working with Labor Center, in Oregon, developing a training curriculum on climate change for trade unionists; making connections between climate policy and jobs, working with the state council. She has been involved in the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of environmental groups and some surprising unions like the automotive workers and steel union. She is also on the Board of the Labor Network for Sustainability.