Resolution to Participate in Trade Unions for Energy Democracy

Adopted at the CGEU Annual Conference 2016 in Los Angeles, CA on August 16. 2016 (submitted by Anne Pasek (NYU) and Todd Vachon (UConn) – adopted unanimously)

WHEREAS the privatization of energy infrastructures and the public subsidization of extractive fossil fuel industries produces poor value for the working and vulnerable classes, perpetuates systems of inequity and structural violence, fosters anthropogenic climate change, and endangers the health and safety of global environmental systems, world populations, and CGEU members, and

WHEREAS a transition to new systems of power, infrastructural governance, and transportation are necessary to the maintenance of human and nonhuman life and dignity in the face of these challenges, and

WHEREAS the nature of green infrastructures, their politics, and their economies are open for debate, requiring broad regional, national, and international social mobilization and strong voices from labor, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED THAT CGEU endorses participation in Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED), a consortium of labor organizations working to foster an energy transition that works to promote social justice, unionized jobs, collective governance of the commons, and greater commitments to global solidarity and carbon equity, and

BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE CGEU will establish a permanent committee on climate change tasked with coordinating and promoting activities across local participating unions to build awareness about this issue across the graduate student labor movement and to take actions to combat climate change locally, nationally, and internationally, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT​ all delegated representatives at the conference of the Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions will return to their member units and unions to debate ​participation in TUED, whereby participation will entail appointing a TUED liaison, distributing TUED educational & advocacy materials to our membership when appropriate, contributing financially to TUED when possible, and calling on their regional and International representatives to do the same, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT​ all delegated representatives at the conference of the Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions will return to their member units and unions to debate ​other actions that can be taken to address the pressing crisis of global climate change, including, but not limited to divestment from fossil fuels at our universities and within our local and international unions and support for just transition policies that ensure strong protections for workers impacted by the shift to a fossil­free future.

More links about TUED:

http://unionsforenergydemocracy.org/

http://unionsforenergydemocracy.org/wp­content/uploads/2014/05/resistreclaimrestructure_2013_englis h.pdf

More links about energy democracy in general:

http://www.rosalux.de/publication/40662/energy­democracy­in­europe.html http://cleantechnica.com/2013/05/14/energy­democracy­video­campaign/