Unions Supporting Divestment in North America
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Unions Involved in Divestment Work
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Service Employees International UnionNorth America2 millionService workers, including health care workers, janitorial and cleaning staff, fast food workers, and public service workers.Capital Stewardship Program supports responsible investment of the pension assets at the public sector adn Taft Hartly pension funds of its members. Also works with Responsible Endowments Coalition to "develop materials to guide small and mid-size institutional investors ($300 million - $3 billion in assets) in responding to the growing risk of climate change."Note: SEIU International doesn't have a formal position on divestment. SEIU Capital Stewardship works with locals who are interested in working on climate change and other responsible investment issues at their pension funds, including exploring divestment. Contact Marguerite Young marguerite.young@seiu.orgwww.seiu.org/a/capital-stewardship.phpwww.endowmentethics.org/investor_action
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Unions that Have Endorsed Divestment
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UnionState/ProvinceSizeRepresentsAffiliationProjectMore InformationMore InformationMore InformationIs union affiliated with another union on this list? If yes, number of members
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SEIU Local 888Massachussetts8,500Public Service WorkersService Employees International UnionEndorsed Senate Bill 1225, which would divest Fossil Fuel Investments from the Massachusetts Pension ReservesThe vote passed 13 - 4 with 4 absentions
www.seiu888.org/2014/05/22/highlights-from-the-may-2014-executive-board-meeting/
350ma.org/state-divestment
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SEIU Local 509Massachusetts17,000Human Service Workers and EducatorsService Employees International UnionThey endorsed divestment in Massachusetts and helped create the website www.divestourpensionsnow.org.In a June 18, 2013 letter to the Massachusetts State House regarding Senate Bill 1225, they wrote "We are concerned that the continued extraction, transportation and burning of fossil fuels will irretrievably harm the Earth's enviornment. We believe that divestment of state funds is not only reasonable and safe, but the right and moral path for the Commonwealth to take."
divestourpensionsnow.org
350ma.org/about/climatebeat/
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SEIU Local 1021California54,000Public Service WorkersService Employees International UnionEndorsed San Francisco's divestment motionhttp://350.org/san-francisco-board-supervisors-unanimously-pass-resolution-urging-fossil-fuel/0
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United Academics at the University of VermontVermont1,000University FacultyAmerican Federation of Teachers and American Association of University ProfessorsWorks with student activists for justice at the university, building a coalition to hold their university accountable to stakeholders.Reporting back from a joint student/labor action held in October 2014, they wrote, “A large and enthusiastic, but orderly group of faculty, staff and students made their concerns known to the UVM Board of Trustees. United Academics took a stand for justice for faculty. . . Student Climate Culture exhorted the Board to divest UVM from the fossil fuel industry. VSEA United Staff called for a fair union election without interference or intimidation Faculty, Students and Staff all stood in solidarity, united by a common call for justice at UVM. Together, we are the University!”
www.unitedacademics.org/ua-news/2014/10/17/faculty-students-and-staff-rally-at-the-board-of-trustees-meeting
vermontscc.blogspot.com/
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Massachusetts Nurses AssociationMassachusetts23,000NursesNational Nurses UnitedVoted in June 2014 to endorse divestment
350ma.org/state-divestment/supporters-of-state-divestment-in-ma
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California Federation of TeachersCalifornia120,000Education EmployeesAmerican Federation of TeachersFrom the teachers for divestment resolution, "WHEREAS, California teachers as members of CalSTRS and state employees as members of CalPERS contribute a collective wealth in the tens of billions of dollars, that collective wealth cannot be used to undermine the future of the very students and citizens they devote their professional lives to. "
http://www.fossilfreeca.org/endorsements/
http://www.teachersfordivestment.com/endorsements.html
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Twin Hills Teacher's AssociationCalifornia60K-12 TeachersVoted October 13, 2013
http://www.fossilfreeca.org/endorsements/
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United Teachers Los AngelesCalifornia31,000TeachersCalifornia Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers, American Federation of Teachers, National Education AssociationSecond largest teachers union local in the nation.
http://www.utla.net/system/files/HOR-POLICY_090514.pdf
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American Federation of Teachers Guild, Local 1931California3,000TeachersAmerican Federation of TeachersUnanimously endorsed motion for divestment
http://aftguild.org/hot-topics/help-fight-climate-change.html
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Palomar Faculty Federation Local 6161California1,100Faculty UnionAmerican Federation of Teachers
http://www.fossilfreeca.org/endorsements/
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Santa Rosa Teacher's AssociationCalifornia850TeachersCalifornia Teachers Association, National Education Association
http://www.fossilfreeca.org/endorsements/
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Association of Graduate Students Employed at McGIllQuebec1000Graduate teaching assistantsConfederation of National Trade Unions (CSN)March 2013 vote
tas.agsem-aeedem.ca/mandates-approved-by-the-ta-and-invigilator-general-assemblies-on-march-27th/
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Association of McGill University Support EmployeesQuebec1,400Non-academic employeesPublic Service Alliance of CanadaIn their letter to their employers, they wrote that AMUSE “condemns the University’s investments in companies engaged in the Tar Sands or fossil fuel production. . . . AMUSE has voted in favor of a rapid transition away from fossil fuels and towards a carbon-neutral society.”
www.amusemcgill.org/wp-content/uploads/tar-sandz.pdf
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Teaching Assistants' Association of UW-Madison AFT Local 3220Wisconsin3,000Graduate EmployeesAmerican Federation of TeachersPart of UW-Madison Fossil Free coalition, and endorsed divestment.0
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CUPE 2278British Columbia3,000Teaching Assistants at UBCCanadian Union of Public EmployeesPassed a motion of support for Divest UBC0
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CUPE 116British Columbia2,000Staff Union at UBCCanadian Union of Public EmployeesPassed a motion of support for Divest UBC0
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APTS (L’Alliance du Personnel
Professionnel et Technique de la santé et des services sociaux)
Quebec32,000Health workersPassed a motion of support for Recycle Ta Caisse, a movement to get the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec--Quebec's public pension fund--to divest from the tar sands and fossil fuelsPushing for two other unions to join, one with over 100,000 workers
http://www.aptsq.com/AxisDocument.aspx?id=17203&langue=fr&download=true
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California Nurses Association / National Nurses Organizing CommitteeUnited States86,000NursesNational Nurses UnitedCNA/NNOC passed a resolution at their 2014 conference in favor of divestment. http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/bay-area-workers-and-unions-finance-the-fracking-boom/Content?oid=42033270
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New York State Nurses AssociationNew York37,000Nurses"What needs to be done in both the short term and the long term to address climate change?: There’s a lot of different pieces to making this happen, but mostly it’s about building a movement. We can’t overcome their power without millions coming together. The clean technology industry will play a role in continuing to develop more effective solar panels, wind turbines, and batteries for storing power.
The finance industry has a role to play. They need to make a choice: invest in climate sustainable enterprises or keep investing in industries that will make this planet unlivable. One of the most promising campaigns that we’re involved in is trying to get universities, pension funds, churches, etc., to divest from the fossil fuel industry. Thiscan be one of the most effective ways express the kind of outrage that exists around this issue."
http://www.nysna.org/climate-change-and-nurses0
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CUPE 4163British Columbia1,500Teaching assistants and sessional instructors at UVicCanadian Union of Public EmployeesMarch 2015, passed a motion in support of Divest UVic and voted to donate to Divest UVic from their social justice fund
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UFCW Local 1994 Montgomery County Government Employees AssociationMaryland6,000Public EmployeesUFCWLocal 1994 Calls for Fossil Fuel Divestment RESOLUTION Resolved Clauses
Therefore be it resolved that UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO supports the divestment of fossil fuel assets in the MCERS pension funds; and
Be it further resolved that UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO urges all its members, their family and friends and other progressive forces in our community to communicate this message to members of the Montgomery County Council, the Montgomery County Executive, the Board of Investment Trustees for MCERS, the Fraternal Order of the Police for Montgomery County, the International Association of Firefighters for Montgomery County, and other unions in locations where fossil fuel divestment campaigns involving public pension funds are ongoing, and
Be it finally resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Governor Larry Hogan, Senate President Thomas Mike Miller Jr., Speaker of the House of Delegates Edward Busch, as well as the AFL-CIO and the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO.

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Total Number of Union Members397,500
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List of National / International Unions with Afilliated Locals
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AFL-CIO
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SEIU
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American Federation of Teachers
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American Association of University Professors
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National Nurses United
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Public Service Alliance of Canada
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