Maine Environmental Organizations Stand in Solidarity with Striking Bath Iron Works Workers

The following is a statement from the BlueGreen Alliance, Conservation Law Foundation, Environmental Health Strategy Center, Maine Conservation Voters, Maine People’s Alliance, Natural Resources Council of Maine, and Sierra Club Maine, who are standing in solidarity with the workers on strike at Bath Iron Works:

July 31, 2020

“Our role as stewards of the environment and advocates for workers and their families does not often lend itself to weighing in on labor issues, but we know that a fair economy and a clean environment must go hand in hand. Injustice in our economy often leads to—or is coupled with—environmental degradation, which is why the opponents of action on climate change are often the same opponents of working people demanding economic justice. It is also why many community and political leaders have been focusing on the need to address both economic injustice and environmental damage.

“In that light, we stand in solidarity with the workers at Bath Iron Works as they exercise their hard-won rights—at great cost to themselves—to ensure that the terms and conditions of their jobs at BIW continue to be fair and just.”