The Energy Sector

Worker Organizations in the Energy Sector

United Steel Workers (USW)

United Electrical Workers (UE)

Labor Network for Sustainability

Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED)

Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas (SME)

National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA)

Articles about Organizing in (and around) the Energy Sector

Industry Insight: A Spark’s View (UK)

Protecting Workers and Communities – From Below

South Africa’s Electricity Workers Can Teach Us About Winning A Green New Deal

Workers safer in green energy sector

Stories and Lessons from Energy Sector Organizing

Letter from a striking oil worker in Iran

IBEW Local 58 workers refuse orders to cross picket line

Sparks’ Power in Tyne & Wear: Wildcat Action Wins Back Jobs (UK)

How Oil Workers in Trinidad and Tobago Fought to Revolutionize Fossil Fuels

The Rebirth of Mexico’s Electrical Workers

Newsletter on Organized Labor and Energy Transition

Strike Commentaries, by Jeremy Brecher

Books about Organizing in the Energy Sector

Climate Change as Class War (2022)

The climate crisis is not primarily a problem of ‘believing science’ or individual ‘carbon footprints’ – it is a class problem rooted in who owns, controls and profits from material production. As such, it will take a class struggle to solve. In this ground breaking class analysis, Matthew T. Huber argues that the carbon-intensive capitalist class must be confronted for producing climate change. Yet, the narrow and unpopular roots of climate politics in the professional class is not capable of building a movement up to this challenge. For an alternative strategy, he proposes climate politics that appeals to the vast majority of society: the working class. Huber evaluates the Green New Deal as a first attempt to channel working class material and ecological interests and advocates building union power in the very energy system we so need to dramatically transform. In the end, as in classical socialist movements of the early 20th Century, winning the climate struggle will need to be internationalist based on a form of planetary working class solidarity.