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



Teresa Albano
Teresa Albano

Teresa 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 has been a staff writer for People’s World covering political, labor and social justice issues for more than 25 years. She traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad, including India, Cuba, Angola, Italy, and to Paris to cover the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. An award-winning journalist, Albano has been honored for her writing by International Labor Communications Association, National Federation of Press Women and Illinois Woman Press Association.

Patrick J. Foote
Patrick J. Foote

Patrick Foote writes occasionally for 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 OUR Walmart.