U.S. labor leader in Paris talks about eco-crisis challenges facing unions

PARIS – In this episode of Peoples World Podcasts, PW co-editor, Teresa Albano, interviews Sean Sweeney, coordinator for Trade Unions for Energy Democracy. Sweeney, who is in Paris, is also the director of the International Program for Labor, Climate and the Environment at the Murphy Institute at the City University of New York.

Albano and Sweeney, in this podcast, discuss opportunities and challenges before the labor movement in the face of the looming eco-crisis, and the political realities surrounding the COP 21 international climate talks taking place now in Paris.

Photo: Teresa Albano/PW

 


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Teresa Albano
Teresa Albano

Teresa Albano is a staff writer for People's World and an award-winning journalist. Born and raised in Chicago, Albano is a member of the Chicago News Guild-Communications Workers of America and has been covering political, labor and social justice issues for more than 25 years. Albano was the first woman editor-in-chief of People's World, 2003-2010, leading the transition from weekly print to daily online publishing and establishing PW's social media presence.

Albano lived in New York City for 13 years and has traveled throughout the United States and abroad, including to India, Cuba, Angola, Italy and to Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. She received awards from International Labor Communications Association, National Federation of Press Women and Illinois Woman Press Association, including its prestigious Silver Feather Award. Albano attends Northeastern Illinois University and recently received NEIU's Future Alumni Leader award. She will graduate in December 2016. 

Combining her passion for swimming and for social justice, she founded the blog, Swimming Social, during the 2016 Rio Games. 

Patrick J. Foote
Patrick J. Foote

Patrick Foote is a staff writer at People's World. At the University of Central Florida, he worked with the Student Labor Action Project organizing around the intersection of student and worker issues. He would go on to work in the labor movement in such organizations as Central Florida Jobs with Justice, AFSCME Council 79, and UFCW Local 21.

He is currently a proud activist with the Chicago News Guild. He's all about weird music, bourbon, and making powerful people uncomfortable.

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