Climate Jobs Illinois

The Climate Jobs Illinois coalition (CJIL) advocates for a pro-worker, pro-climate agenda. CJIL represents hundreds of thousands of Illinois workers who are ready to build Illinois’ new clean-energy economy from the ground up. Recently, the coalition successfully helped win a landmark state climate bill with the strongest labor and equity standards in the nation.

CJIL campaigns

CJIL supports a thoughtful and ambitious clean energy transition through practical policies that create union jobs on large-scale clean energy projects to lower the state’s high unemployment rate, reduce its emissions, and tackle deepening racial and economic inequality.

By advocating for bold clean energy investments with comprehensive labor standards — including prevailing wage, apprenticeship requirements, labor peace agreements, project labor agreements, and responsible bidder requirements — CJIL is working to ensure these jobs create more pathways to lifelong union careers, especially for communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

Learn more about CJIL’s work on their website.

The coalition

Chicago Federation of Labor

Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council

Illinois AFL-CIO

Illinois Education Association (IEA)

Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT)

Illinois Pipe Trades Association

International Association of Bridge Structural Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union

International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators (HFIAW)

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) State Council

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 134

International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 150

Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Great Lakes Region

Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Midwest Region

Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council (MACRC)

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) State Council

Read more about the coalition’s climate jobs vision for Illinois in their 10-point policy plan here.