Tuesday October 25th 2016

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Business for Democracy and ASBC Lead Effort to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

The Business for Democracy Campaign, which the American Sustainable Business Council is spearheading in partnership with Free Speech for People is tackling the compelling issue of corporate contributions to political campaigns.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision on January 21, 2010 allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to support or oppose candidates for political office, overturning campaign finance laws in place for decades. The Business for Democracy campaign is an initiative of business leaders and their companies who believe this ruling is in direct conflict with American democratic principles and a serious threat to good government. The campaign supports the four members of the Supreme Court and the 80 percent of Americans who disagree with the decision (Washington Post poll, Feb. 17, 2010).

If you'd like your business to join this effort, you can sign the statement of support here or here.

Growing Green and Decent Jobs

Growing Green and Decent Jobs

This is the third in a series of messages we will be sending to keep you up to date on the plans we have put together for the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20, as well as our own associated event – The Trade Union Assembly on Labour and Environment (11-13 June).

Unions are represented at the negotiations in New York, 23 April – 4 May. Our next newsletter will come to you after that with an update.

In order to receive updates, please register to our newsletter here.

Don’t know what Rio+20 is? read more

How investments in the green economy of 12 countries and seven industries can create 48 million jobs

This is a summary of the ITUC report ‘Growing Green and Decent Jobs’, which demonstrates how investments in the green economy can generate new employment that contributes to poverty alleviation and social progress.

The economic analysis by the Millennium Institute as well as country case studies from Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Brazil, Dominican Republic, USA, South Africa, Ghana, Tunisia, Indonesia, Nepal, Australia are available at the ITUC website

Read the ITUC report


Trade Union Assembly in Rio de Janeiro 11-13 June: Have you registered???

For the trade union movement, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) is an event of paramount importance. With the aim of making the voice of trade union organizations heard, the International Trade Union Confederation and Sustainlabour are organizing the Second Trade Union Assembly on Labour and Environment on June 11, 12, and 13 in Rio de Janeiro. Are you going to Rio? You need to register and choose your working group!

The official website for the Assembly

Register here

For the UN Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development please register here

If you can’t go to Rio+20 you can join the virtual conversations (on 10 different themes): Join the Civil Society Dialogues online

Do you accept Sharan Burrow’s challenges? ACT NOW!!

Sharan Burrow, the General Secretary of the ITUC, has made two pledges for the coming year

The Earth Hour is a simple idea that’s quickly turned into a global phenomenon. Hundreds of millions of people turning off their lights for one hour, on the same night, all across the planet. But it’s not to save an hour’s electricity. It’s something much bigger. The Earth Hour is about people coming together to put the focus on this brilliant world we all share – and how we need to protect it. Not just for an hour a year, but every day. Read more about the ITUC work on the Earth Hour.

Are you prepared to accept Sharan’s challenges? If so please click here, choose the pledge you want to accept and make a comment that you are accepting the challenge!

Funding appeal to support unionists to go to Rio

The ITUC is trying to make the union presence in Rio a truly global representation of the union movement. We are coordinating the sponsorship of unionists and need additional funding support. We ask those unions who can, to commit to funding unionists from countries who cannot pay. We can provide detailed budgets for those who are interested. For those who would be in Rio for the Trade Union Assembly, the UN Pre-Comm, the Civil Society Days, for 10 days, our estimates are for some Euro 3200-3500 per person. If you can commit funds for unionists to participate in Rio+20, or want more budget information, please send an email to: [email protected]

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