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Title: Labor and nuclear power

The AFL-CIO is officially pro-nuclear, but tensions within unions are taking issue over ideological differences. The Labor movement, having looked to nuclear power development as an economic necessity to avoid unemployment, has opposed efforts to delay construction or close plants. As many as 42% of union members or relatives of members, however, were found to oppose new power plants, some actively working against specific construction projects. The United Mine Workers and Teamsters actively challenged the nuclear industry while the auto workers have been ambivalent. The differences between union orientation reflects the history of unionism in the US and explains the emergence of social unionism with its emphasis on safety and working conditions as well as economic benefits. Business union orientation trends to prevail during periods of prosperity; social unions during recessions. The labor unions and the environmentalists are examined in this conext and found to be hopeful. 35 references. (DCK)
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Journal Name: Environment; (United States); Journal Volume: 22:2
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United States
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; LABOR; NUCLEAR POWER; LABOR RELATIONS; ECONOMICS; EMPLOYMENT; PERSONNEL; PUBLIC OPINION; SAFETY; WORKING CONDITIONS; POWER; 290200* - Energy Planning & Policy- Economics & Sociology; 290600 - Energy Planning & Policy- Nuclear Energy; 530100 - Environmental-Social Aspects of Energy Technologies- Social & Economic Studies- (-1989)