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The Teamsters of New York Are Speaking Out About Climate Change

By George Miranda

This month, world leaders will descend on New York for a major United Nations climate summit. Like summits of the past, you will hear that “this time” our leaders must act – but you will be hearing it from some unexpected places.

The climate movement has grown. For years, many of us in labor sat back while environmentalists fought for a safe planet for the rest of us.

For me, it brings to mind an old union saying: “stand together – or fall apart.” More and more, I see the climate fight as my fight, too. Many of my union brothers and sisters feel the same. Drought, rising sea levels, and superstorms like Hurricane Sandy have shown us that climate change is here, and the people hit hardest are workers.