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Eco-Justice Resolutions
from the Episcopal Church

Clean Air Ports Act 2012

Resolution 2012-C119 for the 77th General Convention of
the Episcopal Church, USA, July 2012
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Resolution 2012-C119: Clean Air Ports Act 2012

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church support federal legislation directed at the nation's ports: to require local and regional port authorities to reduce air pollution; enable port drivers to earn a living wage including opportunities for direct employment by port authorities; and ensure the right of drivers to organize; and be it further

Resolved, That those Episcopal diocese in which ports are located be encouraged to become more involved wiith interfaith groups already participating in environmental, community, and worker justice efforts at the nation's ports.


Proposer: Province VIII

Explanation:

The Clean Ports Act would empower local ports to adopt requirements for moror carriers and vehicles that are related to the reduction of environmental pollution, traffic congestion, the improvement of highway safety, and to classify their drivers as employees rather than as independent contractors.

There are 100,000 U.S. port truck drivers, many of whom earn less than federal or state minimum wages, are without health insurance, and are misclassified as independen contractors, making them exempt from most labor and employment protections, including the right to form a union. These drivers deserve decent wages and the legal protectios they should be afforded as employees, including the right to form a union.

In addition, severity of the port pollution problem and the effects it has on the drivers and surrounding communities can hardly be overstated. It is estimated that 95% of the 100,000 trucks in operation at the nation's major ports fail to meet current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emission standards, which largely accounts for the fact that 40 of these ports fail to meet federal air-quality standards. As a result, the approximately 87 million people who live and work in port-adjacent communities are exposed to toxic fumes from dirty diesel trucks that significantly increase their risk of developing asthma, cancer, and respiratory illnesses. Public health costs, which include thousands of premature deaths, amount to billions of dollars annually.

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