Sean Sweeney

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7:00 p.m. ET
Director, International Program for Labor, Climate and Environment, City University of New York

The case for nationalizing energy production has never been stronger. …If we want a low-carbon energy system, full public ownership is absolutely essential.


Sean Sweeney, Ph.D. is the director of the International Program on Labor, Climate & Environment at the School of Labor and Urban Studies, City University of New York. He also coordinates Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED) a global network of 64 unions that advocates for democratic control and social ownership of energy resources, infrastructure and options. Sweeney has been involved in college-level trade union and worker education since 1987 as full-time faculty with Hofstra University’s pioneering program with the United Auto Workers, District 65. He served as the Director of the Queens College Worker Education Extension Center from 1995-1999 before becoming Cornell’s Director of Labor Studies and, in 2005, the Global Labor Institute. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Industrial Relations from the University of Bath, England, in 1991.

Dr. Sweeney will talk about the evolution of the concept of just transition and why public ownership is necessary to achieve the transformative potential of a just transition.

Winning Clean Energy & Climate Justice for All

Sean Sweeney, from Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED), speaking at the 2017 People’s Summit, held on June 9-11, on the three tasks to win energy democracy in front of the labor movement today.

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