TUED International Conference on Just Transition, May 29, 20182018-06-22T09:54:59+00:00

Towards a Just Transition: International Labor Perspectives on Energy, Climate and Economy

May 29, 2018; 9 am – 5 pm

1199 SEIU Cherkasky / Davis Conference Center

[Note: Session titles are linked to video recordings of each session.]


Registration and Breakfast



  • Maria Castaneda, Secretary-Treasurer, 1199 SEIU


The Future of the International Labor Movement: How Important is the Global Struggle for Energy Democracy and Climate Justice?

  • Paula Finn,  Murphy Institute, CUNY, moderator
  • Zwelinzima Vavi, South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU)
  • Josua Mata, SENTRO, Philippines
  • Natassa Romanou, NASA Goddard Institute




Broadening the Just Transition Debate: The Search for a Transformative Politics

  • Sean Sweeney, Murphy Institute / TUED, presenter
  • Daniel Angelim, Trade Union Confederation of the Americas
  • Samantha Mason, Public and Commercial Services Union-UK
  • Donald LaFleur, Canadian Labour Congress
  • Ananda Lee Tan, Climate Justice Alliance, United States



13:30 -15:00

Energy for the People: Looking Beyond “Development as Usual”

  • Stefanie Ehmsen, RLS-NY Office, moderator
  • Angel Jaramillo, UTIER–Puerto Rico, with Judy Gonzalez, New York State Nurses Association
  • Jong Hyun Baek, KPTU Korea Gas Corporation Branch
  • Diego Azzi, Federal University, Brazil
  • Sharan Kcsharankumar, Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, Vietnam




The Transition will be Public: Union Efforts to Reclaim and Defend Energy, Transport and Other Services

  • Allison Roche, Unison, UK, moderator
  • David Boys, Public Services International
  • Ruth Ntlokotse, National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA)
  • Peter Knowlton, United Electrical Workers–US
  • Lance McCallum, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)