loader
Page is loading...

FrogThe union movement likes to paint itself as being for progressive change. It is one of the ways it picks up allies for its special interest agenda. However, when it doesn’t serve its own ends, it quickly abandons those causes. We saw that last month with news stories about unions complaining about the Affordable Care Act. Now it is the environmental movement that is suffering from the fickle tastes of organized labor.

As all San Francisco residents found out this morning, their subway system BART is suffering from a strike by its 2000-plus employees. These employees, many of whom are represented by the SEIU, are demanding wage increases of nearly twice the national average.

But let’s look at the environmental impact of their strike. In order to attempt to get their oversized wage increases, these workers are putting 400,000 commuters into their cars. According to BART’s statistics, all of those drivers produce more than 4 million pounds of CO2 emissions each day – the equivalent of the CO2 footprint of an additional 70,000 people.

Maybe the EPA should look into this and require unions to submit an Environmental Impact Report before they are permitted to go out on strike.

Additional Resources:

The San Francisco Chronicle - " BART Strike Has Commuters Scrambling "

BART - BART Green Factsheet


LEAVE YOUR COMMENT

RELATED ARTICLES

Back To Normal? Labor Board To Restart Union Elections

April 2, 2020 | Labor Relations, National Labor Relations Board

Coming Into Focus: Labor Board Issues Some NLRA Pandemic Guidance For Employers

April 2, 2020 | Labor Relations, National Labor Relations Board

Labor Board Finalizes Rule Changes to Enhance Employee Free Choice

April 1, 2020 | Labor Relations, National Labor Relations Board, Unions and Union Membership

Beware of the Small Print! CARES Act Provide Boons to Labor Unions

March 27, 2020 | Labor Relations, Unions and Union Membership

What Public Employers Are Seeing From Their Unions During The COVID-19 Outbreak

March 26, 2020 | Labor Relations, Public Employees, Unions and Union Membership

Subscribe

Do you want to receive more valuable insights directly in your inbox? Visit our subscription center and let us know what you're interested in learning more about.

View Subscription Center
RELATED TOPICS
Affordable Care Act
Labor Unions
Trending Connect
We use cookies on this site to enhance your user experience. By clicking any link on this page you are giving your consent for us to use cookies.