Climate change is drowning out 'jobs vs. environment' debate
The old argument that unions must choose between jobs and the environment is losing its grip, as climate change becomes more evident and more urgent.
And the 185,000-member National Nurses Union came out against the pipeline in early February, joining the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Transport Workers Union.
"It's easy for us to take this position," said Jill Furillo of the 37,000-member New York State Nurses Association. "Our members are on the front lines of seeing the effects of the environmental crisis."
After Hurricane Sandy, New York nurses not only took care of those injured in the storm, they also evacuated patients from hospitals crippled by loss of electricity, carrying critically ill patients down dark stairwells when rising floodwaters wrecked elevators and backup generators.