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A White Supremacist May Be the Next Diplomat for the Department of Labor

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), an arm of the Department of Labor, advocates for workers’ rights throughout the world. They work with stakeholders to develop and enforce policies that combat child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. ILAB represents the interests of American workers in international negotiations, and strives to improve working conditions for all workers globally. And […]

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Environmental and Community Groups Urge Delay on FERC Commissioner Hearings

Organizations nationwide are urging Senator Murkowski, chair of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee to delay hearings on Trump’s nominees for the Federal Energy and Natural Resources Commission. The following letter was sent to Senator Murkowski, ranking member Senator Cantwell and members of the ENR committee. Berks Gas Truth Beyond Extreme Energy Delaware Riverkeeper Network FERC Vacancies Campaign Green America May 15, 2017 Chairman Lisa Murkowski Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources Dear Chairman Murkowski, On behalf of communities and organizations working in states across the nation who are experiencing direct and repeated abuse from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) misuse of its power to consider natural gas pipelines and infrastructure projects, we urge you to postpone any hearings on President Trump’s nominations for FERC Commissioner. President Trump’s unknown personal and professional ties with foreign leaders and foreign corporations raise serious and legitimate concerns for those he would seek to install in these highly consequential positions. FERC’s role in protecting the U.S. energy grid is essential to our national security. Recent events regarding President Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey, including his apparent demand for loyalty in how the Director carried out his decision making and activities as head of the FBI, heightens our alarm and concern. As it currently stands, communities already experience tremendous abuses of power and law at the hands of FERC. As documented in the dossier that can be found at http://bit.ly/DossierofFERCAbuse, FERC […]

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People power defeats fossil fuel interests: methane regulations on public lands preserved

Today, Green America celebrates the US Senate vote against a Congressional Review Act (CRA) measure that would have eliminated Bureau of Land Management’s regulations to limit methane emissions from oil and gas operations on public lands. The regulations address a crucial problem – oil and gas operations regularly release wasted methane into the atmosphere, increasing climate change and damaging local […]

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Push Back. Move Forward.

The first 100 days of the Trump presidency  has been a challenging time to be in the business of working for people and planet. For us, the “green” in Green America goes beyond working for environmental sustainability. Green means we’re working for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty […]

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The Continued Plight of Samsung Factory Workers

Samsung has had, to put it lightly, an exciting year. From exploding phone batteries to a corruption scandal linked to the recently impeached president of South Korea, Samsung’s story rivals that of the most dramatic of soap operas. Given the public debacles of the past year, Samsung is under enormous pressure to pull off the smooth launch of their new flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S8. Things seem to be going well for the company – although Samsung officials recently announced that Bixby, Samsung’s new signature voice assistant, would be not be functional with the release of the new phone in April, they also shared that pre-orders are higher than any other previous Samsung phone. Yet despite Samsung’s consistent presence in the media, there is one story that hasn’t been avidly discussed: The occupational health hazards Samsung factory workers continue to face. SHARPS, a health advocacy group for Samsung workers in South Korea, has been documenting Samsung factory workers’ illnesses and deaths since 2007. In January 2017, they reported the 79th death of a factory worker. He was 31 years old, and died four years after being diagnosed with leukemia. He spent the last years of his life waging a two-pronged battle – one with his disease, and one with Samsung to receive worker compensation. He was ultimately unsuccessful with both battles. His tragic story is unfortunately just one of many. The Associated Press published an investigative report in August 2016 […]

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Do Better, Darden!

Darden—the parent company of Olive Garden, Yard House, LongHorn Steakhouse, and other franchises—has over 1,500 franchise locations, employs 150,000 people, and serves more than 320 million meals per year. It’s the largest sit-down restaurant company in the world. With incredible brand recognition comes incredible power: The company can move the restaurant industry in a more sustainable direction by improving the […]

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