National Director: Payton M. Wilkins
Many low-income communities and people of color suffer a disproportionate burden of environmental hazards. They suffer from various health problems associated with poor quality air, water and toxic exposure. Often, these communities are victims of environmental racism and the discriminatory enforcement of environmental laws and regulations. This exclusion from protection has resulted in high rates of disease, birth defects and sometimes early death in communities our labor members reside.
CBTU is part of the growing Environmental Justice movement that empowers community-based organizations to identify harmful or discriminatory conditions, mobilize their constituencies, and resolve local environmental health problems. In 1998, CBTU initiated an environmental action strategy. Several CBTU chapters have formed Community Action and Response Against Toxics (CARAT) teams, which — along with other safety and environmental allies — help to educate and monitor issues such as illegal waste dumping and hauling in poor communities.
The CARAT Team Program is hugely popular with CBTU members.
Who makes up CARAT Teams?
The teams are comprised of trade unionists, Environmental Justice advocates, legislators, community members, scientists, and other persons interested in a collective environmental health protection effort.
What do CARAT Teams do?
How do CARAT Teams work with other Environmental Justice groups?
These teams collaborate with existing grassroots efforts to help coordinate and empower community-based organizations to raise awareness, mobilize their constituencies, and resolve environmental health problems. EJ groups also use our organization as a platform, and many times, as an example of the marriage between EJ and labor.
How can I form a CARAT Team in my city?
Contact the National Director at 202.854.0812
Which CBTU chapters currently host CARAT Teams?
Tentative Agenda *Updated*
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)
A. Phillip Randolph Institute (APRI)
Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW)
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)
Pride at Work
CBTU CARAT Team