The National Domestic Workers Alliance and the NY State-based Domestic Workers United today declared their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, and urged the State Department to deny approval of the project.
The domestic workers' statement noted, "Many of our members come to the U.S. from countries already severely impacted by climate change and environmental devastation. If approved and constructed, the Keystone XL pipeline will have a huge impact on our communities, on First Nation communities, on global greenhouse gas emissions, and risks major contamination of the largest freshwater aquifer in North America."
The statement follows President Obama's November 2 statement on Keystone XL, when he announced that Nebraskans and the American people are not going to “take a few thousand jobs if it means that our kids are potentially drinking water that would damage their health or rich land that’s so important to agriculture in Nebraska are being adversely affected.”
The decision by the domestic workers follows the stance taken by the Amalgamated Transit Union and Transport Workers Union. In August the two unions issued a joint statement opposing Keystone XL and called for a Green New Deal to create jobs and meet social and environmental needs.
Transport unions’ statement here:
The NDWA and DWU statement echoed calls for a Green New Deal, and referred to their participation in a broad campaign campaign called Caring Across Generations, one of the goals of which is "to create 2 million new, quality jobs in home care, to help ensure that our loved ones who need care and support can live with dignity and the workers charged with that important work have dignified jobs. This and many other initiatives offer real solutions to our nation’s jobs crisis. The Keystone pipeline is not one of them. On behalf of domestic workers and future generations, we urge decision-makers to focus on the solutions that will allow us to develop a healthy 21st Century economy, one that will truly work for all people and the planet.
The National Domestic Workers Alliance
Founded in 2007, the National Domestic Workers Alliance organizes domestic workers in the United States for respect, recognition and labor standards. Through leadership development, strategic campaigns and alliance building we seek to help build a vibrant movement for social and global justice.
Domestic Workers United
Founded in 2000, Domestic Workers United [DWU] is an organization of Caribbean, Latina and African nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers in New York, organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards and to help build a movement to end exploitation and oppression for all.