Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Good Jobs for Everyone: the Department of Labor's New View on Environmental Justice

As a part of President Obama's move to reinvigorate Clinton's Executive Order 12898 with the "Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898" (EJ MOU) in August, the Department of Labor is taking a new perspective on work through the lens of environmental justice.

According the USEPA, the Department of Labor's new perspective aims to help those in the lower class and those without employment "find a way into the middle class." Additionally, they'd like to help those in the middle class from facing pay-cuts or lay-offs. All of this keeps in mind the health and safety of workers and the impact that labor has on environmental justice.

The Department of Labor would like to offer a public space for people to submit their ideas regarding this Memorandum. 

The Office of Environmental Justice is offering a ListServ in order to notify members about activities in the EPA in the field of Environmental Justice. To join the listserv go to: https://lists.epa.gov/read/all_forums/subscribe?name=epa-ej

For more information on President Obama's Memorandum, here's a great article explaining the Memorandum, former President Clinton's Executive Order, and the effect it may have on labor and environmental justice.

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