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Just Transition Insights, Issue #26, 01/29/2024

[Editorial Note: Quick reminder for 2024: to bring our readers the most in-depth analysis and comprehensive information from around the globe curated by our small staff, we have moved to a monthly newsletter schedule. Please send us ideas and feedback!] Leading Off: Auto Workers Just Transition Progress (Part 1) While the United Auto Workers’ strike […]

Just Transition Insights, Issue #25, 12/26/2023

[Editorial Note: Best Wishes For 2024 from your Just Transition For All Team! To bring our readers the most in-depth analysis and comprehensive information from around the globe curated by our small staff, we have moved to a monthly newsletter schedule. Please send us ideas and feedback!] Leading Off: COP 28—A Pointless Exercise One year […]

Just Transition Insights, Issue #24, 11/27/2023

[Editorial Note: A reminder—To bring our readers the most in-depth analysis and comprehensive information from around the globe curated by our small staff, we’ve decided, for the time being, to publish our newsletter monthly. Please send us ideas and feedback!] Leading Off: The Void At COP 28 As you read this, thousands of people are […]

Just Transition Insights, Issue #23, 10/30/2023

[Editorial Note: To bring our readers the most in-depth analysis and comprehensive information from around the globe curated by our small staff, we’ve decided, for the time being, to publish our newsletter monthly. Please send us ideas and feedback!] Leading Off: An EV Battery Plant Might Show The Way We’ve taken the position many times […]

Just Transition Insights, Issue #22, 10/02/2023

Leading Off: The Korean Auto Workers Views As part of a project focused on electric vehicles, we have recently been discussing the state of Just Transition with our colleagues at the Korean Metal Workers’ Union, which represents auto workers. Generally speaking, the landscape in Korea for auto workers breaks down into two categories, according to […]

Just Transition Insights, Issue #21, 09/18/2023

Leading Off: The Sketchy “Every Reasonable Effort” Standard We have an iron-clad guideline for parsing Just Transition plans, not to mention life in general: read the damn details. The fancy slogans or promises for a Just Transition are alluring. But, what will matter to workers’ futures are the boring specifics, buried in often mind-numbingly boring […]

Just Transition Insights, Issue #20, 08/28/2023

[Editorial note: A reminder that we are publishing on a monthly basis during the U.S. summer months, returning to our regular schedule in September] Leading Off: French Auto Workers Ask—What Is The Future For The Car? [On May 24th, a gathering took place in France, bringing together the main French workers federation, the Confédération Générale […]

Just Transition Insights, Issue #19, 07/24/2023

[Editorial note: A reminder that we are publishing on a monthly basis during the U.S. summer months, returning to our regular schedule in September] Leading Off: California Dreaming California is seen as a model for addressing climate change, not just in the U.S. but throughout the planet; after all, California would be the world’s fifth […]

Just Transition Insights, Issue #18, 06/26/2023

[Editorial note: We will be publishing on a monthly basis during the U.S. summer months and will return to our regular schedule in September] Leading Off: Making EVs Work For American Workers We were stuck by the news last week of a massive loan extended by the U.S. government to Ford to set-up three battery […]

Just Transition Insights, Issue #17, 06/12/2023

Leading Off: The “Green Jobs” Mirage—The TPI Composites Example We hear, virtually every day, about the promise of “green jobs”. The definition itself is hard to nail down. But, for today, let’s consider a “green job” as employment in an industry related to a technology or process that is more “climate friendly” or has a […]

Just Transition Insights, Issue #16, 05/29/2023

Leading Off: The Future For Auto Workers—The Good & Bad We will be featuring in the very near future global insights into the future for auto workers. We have two aspects to touch on in this issue. The Good: Our regular readers may recall that this past December, we featured a story about a tie-up […]

Just Transition Insights, Issue #15, 05/08/2023

Leading Off: Big Leap Forward In Oz Back in January, we discussed the creation of a taskforce in Australia that would eventually lead to the setting up of a Just Transition scheme. Rapidly, in relative terms to Just Transition efforts globally, the effort has now taken a major leap forward. On May 5th, the Australian […]

Just Transition Insights, Issue #14, 04/24/2023

Leading Off: Deeper Dive On New Zealand Last month, we looked at the question of whether so-called “free trade” offered a high wage path for New Zealand and, thus, would be a component of a “high bar” Just Transition. The Just Transition discussions in New Zealand—or Aotearoa, the Māori-language name for New Zealand—are a bit […]

Just Transition Insights, Issue #13, 04/10/2023

Leading Off: This Grocery Bag Is Missing A Staple We’re going a bit deeper here, and highlighting for our newsletter subscribers, a recent blog post because it’s crucial to understand a dynamic at play whenever we think of Just Transition. There are two levels of debate to pay attention to: one that is really a […]

DATELINE—EUROPE-U.S.: The Missing Piece In A “Buyers Club”

We’ve been following the back-and-forth spat across the Atlantic pond between the members of the European Union and the United States over subsidies offered by the U.S. in the Inflation Reduction Act to “Made-in-America” products, especially in the electric vehicle space. Now, there’s talk of forming a EU-U.S. so-called “buyers club” for critical materials used […]

Just Transition Insights, Issue #12, 03/27/2023

Leading Off: The IPCC Has Blinders On Right after the most recent global climate change gathering, known as COP 27, we wrote the following about the entire framework of the climate summits and its related forums: ….workers just don’t explicitly figure into the calculations of the parties gathering in the negotiating rooms who bicker over […]