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This week we talked with John Gray, the Director of Legislation for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), about the union’s strong support for climate action and environmental justice. John explains that climate change is impacting the workers in SEIU both where they work and where they live.
“A large portion of our union is Black and brown people who live in communities of color who are disproportionately affected by some of the things that are happening…When, for instance, Flint happened and the water quality went down, we have lots of members in Flint. They came to their union to say ‘what’s going on here, what can we do, and why is this happening to us?”
John explains that their union members — who are mostly frontline workers — are also on the front lines of the climate crisis, and need the union’s help in dealing with its impacts because those impacts are beyond their ability to control as individuals. Thanks, John, for talking with us, and for all you do to help the members of SEIU.
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