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Labor Union and Environmental Group Join Forces

June 5, 2006

An environmental group and a labor union are forming what they call a "historic strategic alliance." On Wednesday, June 7, the Sierra Club and the United Steelworkers will describe how their new partnership developed and what it's intended to accomplish. According to a news advisory, the alliance will promote a "new vision" for American public policy -- "creating jobs by promoting smart energy solutions to global warming; reducing the risks from toxic chemicals in the workplace and the community; and building a responsible trade policy for America." The advisory also said the alliance is intended to "chart a new direction for the nation's labor and environmental movements, bringing together almost 2 million members around a shared vision of the future." Carl Pope, the Sierra Club's executive director and Leo Gerard, president of United Steelworkers, will appear together at the National Press Club on Wednesday to offer details of their new partnership. The Sierra Club describes itself as America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. "Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet," its website says. The United Steelworkers describes itself as the largest industrial union in North America and the dominant union in paper, forestry products, steel, aluminum, tire and rubber, mining, glass, chemicals, petroleum and other basic resource industries, in addition to a growing membership in the service sector.

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