LABOUR RIGHTS


Fighting climate change means expanding the public sector, and unionizing and organizing millions of workers.

Watch Video
Read More

LABOUR RIGHTS


Fighting climate change means expanding the public sector, and unionizing and organizing millions of workers.

Read More
Watch Video

THE VIDEO


BACKGROUND


Fighting climate change means investing in public services and infrastructure that bring down emissions and help us prepare for climate disruption to come — from energy to transport, to housing and care work..

Since the beginning of our work we have advocated for the idea that confronting climate change must create millions of well-paying, unionized jobs — and that workers themselves should determine how their industries will be transformed in the transition.

We were proud that some of Canada’s top unions and labour alliances endorsed The Leap Manifesto in 2015, when it was considered politically risky to do so. Our first major project was a collaboration with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and their allies on Delivering Community Power, a visionary plan for every post office in the country to become a hub for green transition—a place where you can recharge electric vehicles, access postal banking services; and where the entire delivery fleet is not only electric but made in Canada.

Since then, The Leap has worked with unions across North America to help expand what’s considered “politically possible” at the intersection of labour rights and climate justice. Working with farmers, autoworkers, cleaners, bus drivers, health care workers and more, we’ve explored questions about how to rebuild the labour movement, and what a just transition led by workers actually looks like.

Some of our key projects with labour partners and allies include The People’s Bailout, exploring key demands to rebuild and reimagine Work, Transit, and Healthcare after the pandemic, webinars and trainings on topics like “Putting Climate Justice on the Bargaining Table”, and the Continuing Care Collective campaign to bring long-term care corporation Revera into public ownership.  

Our last film, Message from the Future II, is a paean to the role of essential workers in the pandemic, and imagines a future where a global essential workers’ strike begins the “years of repair” of rebuilding a better society. 

In 2020, The Leap’s staff voted to unionize with CUPE local 2722, in the words of our Senior Manager of Programs James Hutt, because “every worker deserves a union and that there is no way to tackle the climate crisis without organizing among the majority of working people.”