Labor-environmental Coalitions: Lessons from a Louisiana Petrochemical Region (Work, Health and Environment Series)

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In 1984, the oil, chemical and atomic workers began a 5-year campaign to win back the jobs of its members locked out by the BASF Corp. in Geismar, Louisiana. The multiscale campaign involved coalitions with local environmentalists as well as international solidarity from environmental and religious organizations. The local coalition which helped break the lockout was maintained and expanded in the 1990s. This alliance is one of numerous labor-community coalitions to emerge increasingly over the past 20 years.""Labor-Environmental Coalitions: Lessons from a Louisiana Petrochemical Region"" traces the development of the Louisiana Labor-Neighbor Project from 1985 to the present, within the context of a long history of divisions between labor and community in the U.S. The Project continued after the lockout, thriving during 1990s, expanding from one community to four counties to include 20 local member organizations, and broadening its agenda from the original jobs crisis and pollution problems to address a wide range of worker, environmental health, and economic justice issues."" Labor-Environmental Coalitions"" explores the dynamics of the Louisiana coalition to offer lessons for other coalition efforts. The book seeks to understand coalitions as a necessary strategy to counteract the dominant forces of capitalist development. The author contends that the Labor-Neighbor Project, like labor-community coalitions generally, created a unique blend of politics shaped by the geographic nature industry's politics; by the relative openness of government; and by the class experience of labor and community members.The Louisiana Project demonstrates that for labor-community coalitions to thrive they must broaden their agenda, strengthen their leadership and coalition-building skills, and develop access to multiscale resources. The author argues that for labor-community coalitions to have longer term political impact, they should adopt an explicitly progressive approach by building a broader class and cultural leadership, and by demanding state and corporate accountability on economic, public health, and environmental justice issues.

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In Praise Building genuine alliances between environmentalists, labor, and community-based movements is essential to improving the lives of working families in American society. In his richly detailed analysis of the Louisiana Labor-Neighbor Project, Thomas Estabrook exposes many of the challenges and opportunities confronting activists in their efforts to build such an alliance. In so doing, Estabrook provides important insights into the ways in which counter-hegemonic movements can be successfully built and expanded in the context of neoliberal capitalism. This book is an important read for all those concerned with labor rights, economic equality, and environmental protection.Daniel Faber, Director, Green Justice Research Collaborative, Northeastern University Labor-environmental coalitions bring together two central components of our democratic tradition and offer a powerful new social-movement synthesis that goes beyond just adding the two together. Thomas Estabrook shows us this through his excellent study of the Louisiana Labor-Neighbor Project, a milestone in inter-movement cooperation that succeeded in many aspects of factory and community health, environmental justice, tax policy, and community development. His decade of research on the Project is informed by a historical view of earlier efforts in sanitation, community public health, and occupational safety and health, as well as a glimpse at other current organizing. Labor-Environmental Coalitions is an exciting and important contribution to what increasing numbers of people will soon see as an extensive and prominent issue.Phil Brown, Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, Brown University Thomas Estabrook’s Labor-Environmental Coalitions: Lessons from a Louisiana Petrochemical Region provides a valuable in-depth analysis of a coalition of labor, community, and environmental groups that survived and even thrived in the South for almost twenty years. These are times when labor and community must band together to fight for the health of our land, air, and families. Estabrook’s story of the Louisiana Labor-Neighbor Project’s successes and ultimate demise is a must read for all who work for a better and more just future.Susan Moir, Sc.D., Director, Labor Resource Center, University of Massachusetts Boston

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Thomas Estabrook is a worker health educator with The New England Consortium, a hazardous waste worker training project based at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he also does clean production policy research. He received his Ph.D. in geography from Clark University in 1996 and currently is also adjunct professor of geography at Framingham State College. He has been active in labor-community coalitions since working as an organizer for the Louisiana Labor-Neighbor Project in the early 1990s. He is a member of the advisory board of the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, in Massachusetts, a broad coalition of environmental, public health, and labor groups promoting precautionary strategies. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

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