Joseph B. Uehlein
Joseph Uehlein is the Founding President and Executive Director of the Labor Network for Sustainability. Joe got his start in labor in the early 1970’s, when he worked in an aluminum mill as a member of the United Steelworkers of America, and on heavy and highway construction projects as a member of the Laborer’s International Union of North America.
He is the former secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO’s Industrial Union Department and former director of the AFL-CIO Center for Strategic Campaigns where he dedicated his time to rallying trade unionists for economic, social and environmental sustainability. Joe spent over 30 years organizing, bargaining, and campaigning in the labor movement.
Joe has also devoted tremendous energy to building bridges between the labor movement and the environmental movement. In the mid 1980′s Joe helped found the OSHA-Environmental Network, a coalition of labor and environmental organizations. He also served on the United Nations commission on global warming in the 1990’s.
He is a founding board member of Ceres, and a member of the National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
He has written for Truthout, Labor Notes, The Nation, and other major national publications about the transition to a low-carbon economy, and sustainable steps for unions to take in partnership with business.