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Labor unions’ climate agenda for City Hall includes cutting school emissions, adding bike lanes

By Danielle Muoio Dunn, Politico Pro

Major labor leaders are throwing their support behind an array of climate initiatives they say will create good union jobs as state and city leaders race to meet their mandates for cutting emissions. Climate Jobs New York — a coalition of unions representing 2.6 million state workers —is calling for the city to make public schools and housing carbon-free by 2030, install300 miles of bike lanes and divert all food waste into energy by 2025.

OP-ED: NYC Students Deserve Carbon-Free and Healthy Schools

By Carmen De La Rosa and Rita Joseph, City Limits

The Carbon Free and Healthy Schools plan would be transformational: it would institute energy audits and retrofits of each school, repair and replace HVAC systems, invest in climate resiliency upgrades, and electrify our fleet of school buses. It would make use of schools’ large rooftops to generate solar power and increase school buildings’ overall energy efficiency.

Maine labor coalition scores major legislative win creating renewable energy jobs

By Dan Neumann, Maine Beacon

The Maine Labor Climate Council, a new coalition made up of a dozen unions from across the state representing a variety of different industries, won its first major victory in the Maine Legislature this week.

The top priority bill for the council this session, LD 1969, introduced by Rep. Scott Cuddy (D-Winterport), went into law without Gov. Janet Mills’ signature on April 25. The law will require prevailing wages and equity standards on all large, utility-scale renewable energy projects including solar, wind, tidal, geothermal and hydropower.

OP-ED: Labor taking lead on green economy

By Renee Hamel and Dan McInerney, CTPost

The American economy is driven by American workers. In Connecticut, many areas of employment have organized labor and fill our unions with bright, hardworking individuals dedicated to moving the state forward and securing a better future for all residents.

Landmark Bill Becoming Law to Improve Quality of Renewable Energy Jobs

By Andy O’Brien, Maine AFL-CIO 

The Maine AFL-CIO and the Maine Labor Climate Council applaud the passage of the most substantive public policy advancement to improve the quality of renewable energy jobs in Maine history. Governor Mills has allowed LD 1969, sponsored by Rep. Scott Cuddy, to go into law without her signature. The measure will create good quality clean energy jobs and advance equity in the renewable energy sector.

Baltimore Lags Behind Cities in Solar-Energy Installations

By Laura Aka, Working Nation-Public News Service Collaboration

Pat Devaney, secretary-treasurer of the Illinois AFL-CIO, on how the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act “got Illinois on its path to renewable energy generation and protected our nuclear fleet.”

OP-ED: Our city can repair NYC schools and create thousands of union jobs

By Vincent Alvarez, President, New York City Central Labor Council, AMNY

A majority of our nation’s school buildings are at least 50 years old. Think about that: the classrooms and other school facilities where our kids spend hours on end, five days a week, are in desperate need of renovations to deal with issues like leaking roofs, broken air-conditioning, mold or mildew issues, and poor air quality.

Here in New York City, the situation is even more dire: the average age of our school buildings is 70 years old.

Maine labor organizers, state lawmakers call out federal inaction on climate, health care

By Dan Neumann, Beacon

Grassroots activists joined labor and State House leaders on Wednesday in Augusta to call on Maine’s congressional delegation to jump start talks on President Joe Biden’s stalled social spending package that called for much-needed investments in the country’s social safety net and addressed the escalating threat of climate change.

Illinois prioritizes equitable access to green jobs on its path to 100% clean energy

By Laura Aka, WorkingNation

“We can’t outrun or hide from climate change. There is no time to lose. Illinois is taking action in the fight to stop and even reverse the damage that’s been done to our climate.” With those words, Gov. JB Pritzker signed the state’s ambitious Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) last fall.

CEJA aims to get the state to 100% clean energy by 2050. Not only does it address climate change, it also includes significant workforce development components, including an emphasis on building a more diverse workforce with equitable access to the skills needed to get green jobs.

Environmental group strives to create 20,000 union jobs in renewables

Ed “Flash” Ferenc, America’s Work Force Podcast

Maine AFL-CIO President Cynthia Phinney joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and spoke about the creation of the Maine Labor Climate Council, a coalition of more than a dozen unions who strive to address climate change in Maine.

Phinney is also the Business Manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1837.

The unions affiliated with the Maine Labor Climate Council have partnered with Cornell University to study the effects of global warming, and have established 11 goals for creating clean-energy jobs in Maine. The Council aims to create 10,000 to 20,000 good paying jobs in Maine every year, which Phinney admitted is a tall order, but can be done through union solidarity, she said.

Organized Labor Leads Employment of the Future

By Ann Donch, AMNY

“The climate crisis is here, and as New Yorkers saw with Sandy and Ida, this crisis is already hitting workers, particularly in under-resourced communities of color, first and worst,” says Jeff Vockrodt, executive director of Climate Jobs NY. “These are the same communities that got hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and that have faced decades of underinvestment, wage stagnation, and extreme economic inequality. We have to tackle these crises together, and New York can get it done by building an equitable renewable energy economy powered by good-paying union jobs with training, family-sustaining benefits, and retirement security. That’s exactly why labor is leading on climate.”

New advisory group to study port development for offshore wind

By Laurie Schreiber, Mainebiz

The Mills administration has expressed its official view of offshore wind as an “unprecedented economic and investment opportunity for Maine” and plans are underway to study options for possible uses of the renewable energy at the state’s commercial ports as part of Maine’s Offshore Wind Roadmap, a strategic planning process coordinated by the Governor’s Energy Office.

Bridgeport Coalition to Host a Series of Community Listening Sessions on the Health of Schools

Aisha Staggers, Patch

the Bridgeport Carbon Free & Healthy Schools Steering Committee—a coalition of Bridgeport education professionals, community organizations and labor—will hold the first in a series of eight community listening sessions in partnership with the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs (CRCJ). The coalition hopes to hear from Bridgeport parents, students, teachers, and others about conditions inside the buildings and garner support for investments in carbon-free and healthy school facilities.

Advocates call on Mayor Adams and City Council to retrofit public schools with green infrastructure

By Isabel Song Beer, AM NY

Elected officials, environmentalists, union leaders and other advocates gathered on the steps of City Hall Thursday to demand Mayor Eric Adams and the NYC city council retrofit public schools with climate friendly infrastructure.

The March 24 rally saw the coalition of advocates call on the mayor to plan to support carbon-free, healthy schools especially in lower income neighborhoods by funding the Carbon Free and Healthy Schools (CFHS) initiative in this fiscal year’s budget plan.

Wisconsin’s clean energy goal’s could grow state’s economy by $21 billion, but state lags Midwest counterparts

By Corrinne Hess, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

If Wisconsin meets its goal of transitioning to 100% clean energy over the next 30 years, it could grow the state’s economy by $21 billion and create more than 34,000 jobs, according to a new study.

With the state’s largest utilities committed to becoming carbon-neutral, Wisconsin is already making steps towards the goal.

Change In the Air As Wind Ushers In New Energy Era for Long Island

By Claude Solnik, Long Island Press

The winds of change blew through East Hampton on Feb. 11, as construction, at least symbolically, started on the South Fork Wind project. In a TV studio, local, state and national officials lifted a shovel of dirt while cameras rolled. Why a TV studio? Much of the real work will be done at the bottom of the ocean 35 miles off Montauk Point.

Although solar energy has grown incrementally one panel at a time, wind power is arriving almost suddenly on a massive scale off Long Island at a time when talk of energy independence has accelerated.

 

OP-ED: David Hecker: Here’s how we can improve our classrooms and our climate

By David Hecker, President of the AFT Michigan, Michigan Advance

Educators and schools play a critical role in preparing our kids for the future and giving them the skills they’ll need to thrive. But education doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and our students’ future will be shaped by more than what they learn from their textbooks.

Right now, the climate crisis is one of the biggest threats to public health, and we cannot ignore the impact it has on our communities. To ensure a bright future for our students, we also need to do our part to promote sustainability and protect the health of our environment.

Community Voices for Change

WMPG Radio, Portland Maine

Hear from Jason Shedlock and Mike Frage, Maine Labor Climate Council, and Lara Skinner, Executive Director of Labor Leading on Climate Initiative, Worker Institute at Cornell University on how Maine is working to build a new renewable energy economy with good union jobs.

OP-ED: Phinney, Crowley, and Toner: Workers have a climate plan for region

By Cynthia Phinney, President of the Maine AFL-CIO and a leader of the Maine Labor Climate Council, Patrick Crowley, Secretary-treasurer of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO and co-chair of the Climate Jobs RI coalition, and Joe Toner, Executive Director of the Connecticut State Building Trades Council, The Providence Journal

Amidst omicron, political discord and extreme weather disasters, 2022 hasn’t brought much good news. But flying under the radar is a game-changing story about state budget surpluses that could set New England on a path to tackling some of the biggest issues of our time: climate collapse and deep inequality.

Maine labor unions create climate council

By AJ Douglas, Fox 22 WFVX Bangor

Unions across the state of Maine joined forces to create the Maine Labor Climate Council. The council’s goal is to advance quality employment standards while creating more climate-related job opportunities.

“Science has been very clear for a long time now that climate change is real, it’s happening right now, and it is really [really] important that we respond in this moment to try to reduce the negative impact,” Maine AFL-CIO Executive Director Matt Schlobohm.

Report Recommends Slew of Climate, Labor Policies for Maine

By Lily Bohlke, Public News Service

A new report outlines steps Maine could take to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and pollution, create new jobs and build more equitable and resilient communities. It comes on the heels of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finding that the window to reverse the impacts of climate change is closing.

Kilton Webb, a fourth-year apprentice with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 567 who has worked on a solar field and other clean-energy projects, said it means a lot to be part of the transition to a clean economy.

Voice of Maine interview with Matt Shlobohm

Ric Tyler, Voice of Maine

Matt Shlobohm, Executive Director of the Maine AFL-CIO, about the launch of the Maine Labor Climate Council and the release of the “Maine Climate Jobs Report.”

Maine unions launch platform to create thousands of good jobs, take on climate crisis

By Evan Popp, Beacon

Maine unions on Tuesday launched a new coalition to push for pro-labor environmental initiatives and unveiled a report detailing the bold climate jobs action plan the organization will advocate for.

The coalition, called the Maine Labor Climate Council, is made up of a dozen unions from across the state representing a variety of different industries and workplaces.

Labor unions form new group to combat climate change in Maine

By Nicole Ogrysko, Maine Public 

Labor unions in Maine say they have a lot of ideas on how the state can combat climate change and create clean energy jobs.

More than a dozen unions have created a new Maine Labor Climate Council, which they officially launched Tuesday. The unions say Maine has an opportunity to tackle climate change, the economic fallout from the pandemic and income inequality all at once.

The unions partnered with Cornell University to study climate change and have set 11 goals for creating clean-energy jobs in Maine.

OP-ED: It’s time for climate policies that put working people first

By Cynthia Phinney, President of the Maine AFL-CIO, a federation of 160 unions representing 40,000 workers in Maine, Bangor Daily News

The overlapping crises of climate change, widening inequality and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic present huge challenges for communities and working families throughout Maine. As the earth continues to warm we’re experiencing more intense nor’easters, worsening heat wavesrising sea levels and the ever-increasing threats to our livelihoods in our fishing-, forest- and tourism-related economies. At the same time, four decades of stagnant wages and the economic fallout from the pandemic have left a growing number of Mainers unable to keep up with skyrocketing costs of housing, food, gas and other basic necessities.

Unions testify during City Council civil service and labor hearing for improved workers’ rights

By Isabel Song Beer, AM NY

Climate Jobs NY (CJNY) Executive Director Jeff Vockrodt and 32BJ (the union representing after school cleaners and handypersons) union member and NYC public school cleaner Angel Ocasio and testified on the urgent need for school infrastructure investments during a New York City Council hearing on Civil Service and Labor.

The hearing, which took place Feb. 23, addressed the dire need many educators have been facing with a lack of safety or updated infrastructure within their classrooms that can lead to injury or even an increase in COVID and viral transmittance.

With its first offshore wind project approved and more in the pipeline, New York’s labor movement is ready to go

By Elana Knopp, Edison Energy

In this first of a two-part series, Edison Energy sat down with Mariah Dignan, Regional Director, Long Island, at Climate Jobs New York (CJNY), to discuss the booming offshore wind sector in New York State and the thousands of green jobs it will create in the region.

Ready, willing, and able: Long Island poised to build major supply chain as New York ramps offshore wind procurements

By Elana Knopp, Edison Energy

In this second of a two-part series, Edison Energy sat down with Mariah Dignan, Regional Director, Long Island, at Climate Jobs New York (CJNY), to discuss upcoming offshore wind procurements in New York and the region’s growing supply chain.

OP-ED: Rhode Island’s route to an equitable, worker-centered, green economy

By George Nee, President of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, and Sheila Dormody, Rhode Island Director of Climate and Cities Programs for the Nature Conservancy, and Chairman of the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) Advisory Board, The Boston Globe

Rhode Island’s route to an equitable, worker-centered, green economy

The president of the AFL-CIO and the RI Director of Climate and Cities Programs for The Nature Conservancy say a new report by experts at Cornell University shows how our state leaders can seize the moment and get it done

Rhode Islanders don’t have to look far to find evidence of our crumbling infrastructure, deeply unequal economy, or the climate crisis. Luckily, we don’t have to look far for solutions anymore, either.

OP-ED: Roadmap for a new economy in Rhode Island

By George Nee, President of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, and Sheila Dormody, Rhode Island Director of Climate and Cities Programs for the Nature Conservancy, and Chairman of the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) Advisory Board, The Westerly Sun

Rhode Islanders don’t have to look far to find evidence of our crumbling infrastructure, deeply unequal economy, or the climate crisis. Luckily, we don’t have to look far for solutions anymore, either.

With a state budget surplus of $618 million and more than $2.5 billion in federal infrastructure money in our public coffers, Rhode Island is in a strong position to tackle the climate crisis, rebuild our infrastructure, and invest in an equitable economy that works for all. A new report, authored by experts at Cornell University, shows how our state leaders can seize the moment and get it done.

OP-ED: RI’s Map To Equitable, Worker-Centered, Green Economy

By George Nee and Sheila Dormody, Yahoo News

With a state budget surplus of $618 million and more than $2.5 billion in federal infrastructure money in our public coffers, Rhode Island is in a strong position to tackle the climate crisis, rebuild our infrastructure, and invest in an equitable economy that works for all. A new report, authored by experts at Cornell University, shows how our state leaders can seize the moment and get it done.

Talking solar on the Steve Scaffidi show

Robb Kahl, Construction Business Group 

Robb Kahl, Executive Director of the Construction Business Group, talks about the benefit of hiring Wisconsin workers for utility-scale solar projects on the Steve Scaffidi show.

NYC unions rally behind ambitious new climate action plans

By Isabel Song Beer, AM NY

The Climate Jobs New York (CJNY) union in conjunction with Cornell University released a report outlining recommendations to Mayor Eric Adams’ administration as well as examining the impact of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic on NYC workers and schools.

The report, supported by numerous unions including 32BJ – the union that represents the nearly 5,000 cleaners and handypersons at NYC public schools – offers numerous alternatives and recommendations to city government in order to build an equitable clean energy economy.

Construction begins on South Fork Wind project

By David Winzelberg, Long Island Business News

The project from Ørsted and Eversource is the state’s first offshore wind installation and will put a dozen wind turbines about 35 miles east of Montauk Point. Its transmission system will deliver energy directly to the electric grid in the Town of East Hampton and is expected to be operational in late 2023. 

The turbines will generate about 130 megawatts of power, enough to power more than 70,000 homes, according to a statement from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office. South Fork Wind is expected to eliminate 6 million tons of carbon emissions over 25 years, which is the equivalent of taking 60,000 cars off the road. 

Wisconsin can maximize the economic impact of renewable energy development if local workers build the projects

By Robb Kahl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The findings indicate that a 100% local workforce on a solar plant such as the 300 MW Koshkonong solar farm currently under consideration just west of Cambridge, would generate $43.3 million in wages and benefits, which would create $23.6 million in spending at local businesses if Wisconsin workers were hired for the build, and these numbers do not include the planned battery storage facility.

Labor and environmental coalition calls for R.I. to transition to a clean energy economy

By Edward Fitzpatrick, Globe Staff

In a new report, the Climate Jobs Rhode Island coalition and Cornell University researchers say Rhode Island is now facing three crises involving the climate, the pandemic, and inequality.

And the state could address all three crises at once by transitioning to a clean energy economy, according to the report, which calls for creating 1,300 megawatts of offshore wind energy, “decarbonizing” all K-12 schools by 2030, building 35,000 affordable “net zero” housing units by 2035, and modernizing the state’s electrical grid, among other things.

Labor Vision TV: Climate Jobs Rhode Island’s Green & Healthy Schools Initiative

By Autumn Guillotte, LaborVision RI

Green and Healthy Schools Show host Autumn Guillotte sits down with Erica Hammond and Mike Roles from Climate Jobs RI, Priscilla De La Cruz from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, and Justin Kelly from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 11, to discuss a very exciting push to de-carbonize public school buildings by shifting them from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

Climate Jobs NY Statement applauding climate action that creates good union jobs signaled in Governor Hochul’s State of the State address

Climate Jobs New York

In her State of the State address today, Governor Hochul signaled important steps forward on climate action that creates good union jobs, including significant investment in the offshore wind supply chain, movement toward necessary transmission upgrades, and much-needed investments in schools. We applaud these important steps forward and look forward to working with the Hochul administration in the budget process and beyond to ensure that these investments in climate action both reduce emissions and create good union jobs and careers for New Yorkers and their communities.

Unions, climate groups call for ‘decarbonizing’ R.I. public school buildings

By Edward Fitzpatrick, Boston Globe

A coalition of labor unions and environmental groups is calling for Rhode Island to tap federal and state funds to “decarbonize” public school buildings by shifting them from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

The Climate Jobs Rhode Island coalition is urging Governor Daniel J. McKee and General Assembly leaders to back a 2022 school bond referendum and to use some of the $1.1 billion in American Rescue Plan Act money to help school districts who already have projects underway..

Environmental and labor groups call on RI to invest in greener schools

By Alex Kuffner, The Providence Journal

Rhode Island environmental and organized labor organizations are calling on state government to use an influx of federal funds to ensure that any plans to rebuild public schools also include the incorporation of solar power and other clean energy measures.

Climate Jobs Rhode Island, the coalition formed earlier this year between environmental advocates and labor leaders, announced a campaign Wednesday pushing for all public schools in the state to reach net-zero emissions by 2030.

OP-ED: Spurred by unions, states make strides on climate action

By Vincent Alvarez, President of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO and Pat Devaney, Secretary-treasurer of the Illinois AFL-CIO

With Washington still negotiating critical climate provisions in the reconciliation bill, you’d be forgiven for feeling impatient. The dual crises of climate change and extreme inequality are a threat to our society, and every one of us has a stake in pushing our elected leaders to build a climate-safe and equitable future.

Fortunately, workers and their unions are making tremendous progress in advancing bold legislation at the state level to address these two existential crises.

Climate activists promote new Connecticut job creation law

By Clare Secrist, WSHU

A Connecticut climate advocacy group believes a law it helped pass this summer will help strengthen the labor movement and address climate change. This comes as advocates struggle to get the state to join the Transportation and Climate Initiative, which could fund more green energy projects.

Aziz Dehkan, the executive director of the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs, said without the law, there would be no guarantee the green jobs in Connecticut would be well-paying.

“It creates a path forward, and for not just the workers but the unions themselves,” Dehkan said.

Labor and environmentalist movements team up and win big in Illinois

By Michael Sainato, The Real News

Labor unions, environmental groups, and elected officials have finally pushed through a landmark bill in Illinois that will expand decarbonization efforts across the state while providing equitable job opportunities, training, and labor standards for workers.

“Those are difficult conversations to have in organized labor because of the jobs that many of our affiliates perform,” said Pat Devaney, secretary-treasurer of the Illinois AFL-CIO. “We have a lot of jobs in the energy sector and particularly in fossil fuel generation, so for us to come forward with a proactive plan [for transitioning] from fossil generation to clean energy, I think, really says a lot about labor’s commitment to combating climate change.”

 

How the US labor movement is getting to grips with the climate crisis

By Michael Sainato, The Guardian

In Texas and West Virginia, unions are having tough conversations about the future of fossil fuels – and finding new ways to support workers transitioning from oil and coal to cleaner jobs.

“Climate change is an issue that affects working people first and worst, and there’s no doubt, during the middle of a climate crisis, it’s only going to get worse. We have to add our voices to the action on climate change,” said Mike Fishman, who previously served as secretary-treasurer of the SEIU before taking the helm of the Climate Jobs National Resource Center. “Labor needs to be taking a lead in the discussion about climate change.”

Illinois just won a big green jobs victory

By Liza Featherstone, Jacobin

In Illinois last week, a coalition of unions and environmentalists scored a major victory with a law providing for a miniature Green New Deal: billions invested in clean energy, a commitment to decarbonizing, solid labor standards, and embrace of nuclear power.

Pat Devaney, secretary-treasurer of the Illinois AFL-CIO and a leader in CJI, told Jacobin that the group, formed eighteen months ago, aimed to “address climate change while putting the worker at the forefront.”

House passes ‘historic’ clean-energy bill

By Shia Kapos, POLITICO

They did it. House lawmakers passed sweeping legislation to eliminate Illinois carbon emissions by 2050, with a compromise allowing two coal-fired plants to stay open until 2045 with the caveat that they cut emissions by nearly half by 2035.

The legislation, three years in the works, passed 83 to 33, easily surpassing the 71 votes it needed to get over the finish line. Even some Republicans supported the measure. It now heads to the Senate, which is expected to vote on it Monday when the chamber convenes in Springfield.

OP-ED: New prevailing wage legislation a win for solar industry workers

By Aziz Dehkan and Heather Burns, Hartford Business Journal

“Connecticut’s workers just scored a big win. Gov. Ned Lamont recently signed into law the nation’s strongest labor standards for renewable energy projects, paving the way for our state to swiftly and equitably transition to a green economy powered by good union jobs.

The bill, SB 999, will ensure that Connecticut’s efforts to combat climate change will create jobs that pay family-sustaining wages and increase training opportunities for Connecticut’s marginalized residents.”

Without it, there’s simply no guarantee that the growing number of green jobs in our state will be good jobs, which is why the bill earned vigorous support from a coalition of labor unions, environmentalists, community organizations, interreligious groups and students

Why Texas fossil fuel unions signed onto a climate plan

By Emily Pontecorvo, Grist

If you look at state-level action on climate change in the United States, Texas might seem like an immovable elephant. It has the highest greenhouse gas footprint in the country, emitting twice as much as California, which has 10 million more people. Between oil and gas extraction, refining, and petrochemical production, the fossil fuel industry in Texas employs about 450,000 people, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and has significant political sway. The state’s Republican-controlled legislature has barely acknowledged that climate change exists, let alone passed laws that would help fight it — to the contrary, it recently passed laws to fend off attacks on fossil fuels.

‘Everyone wants a good job’: The Texas unions fighting for a green new deal

By Dharna Noor, Grist

The myth that climate action kills jobs is dying. Study after study shows that serious environmental policy spurs job creation. Most recently, a July report found that meeting the Paris Agreement’s goals could create 8 million positions globally by 2050.

Organized labor still opposes some environmental policies, though, particularly building trade unions looking to protect their members’ jobs in the fossil fuel industry. The sector isn’t a great employer, with oil and gas companies slashing thousands of non-unionized workers in recent years. But by and large, jobs in coal, oil, and gas pay more than those in clean power and are more frequently unionized.

OP-ED: What’s the connection between COVID-19 and climate change? Inequality

By Lara Skinner, Cornell ILR blog

The triple crises of COVID-19, climate change and soaring inequality present a moment of great peril and opportunity for the U.S.

The COVID-19 global health pandemic has both highlighted and deepened the dangerous levels of inequality that currently exist in the U.S. Too many Americans – especially people of color and immigrants – lack access to paid sick leave, health care and other resources that help protect against the spread of COVID-19. This includes many frontline workers who are underpaid and undervalued for the “essential” work they do to keep our economy running and our families cared for.

Connecticut passes SB 999, Climate and Community Investment Act

Connecticut Round Table on Climate and Jobs

The Connecticut Senate passed the Climate and Community Investment Act (SB 999), historic legislation that will combat climate change while creating good union jobs, sending the bill to Governor Lamont for his signature. The Connecticut House of Representatives passed SB 999 on Tuesday with an overwhelming majority (89-59).

Climate Jobs NY launches Carbon-Free and Healthy Schools campaign

Climate Jobs New York

The Carbon-Free and Healthy Schools campaign is an initiative led by labor unions to urge federal and local lawmakers to retrofit schools for energy efficiencies, including solar power, to create a safe, healthy, cost-effective school environment while contributing to a greener New York City. The coalition is urging the federal government, as part of its investments in infrastructure, to support this project in New York City, which calls for funding energy audits on all public schools in the city and providing low-cost, guaranteed financing for building retrofits and solar power.

Climate Jobs IL unveils legislation to put union labor to work building Illinois’ clean energy future

Climate Jobs Illinois

Labor coalition Climate Jobs Illinois (CJI) today presented its legislative proposal that would put thousands of tradespeople to work building a 100 percent clean energy economy in Illinois and provide a new pathway to the middle class to address historic—and growing—income inequality in underserved communities most impacted by climate change.

Climate Jobs NY Labor leaders meet with Energy Sec. Granholm to discuss clean energy economy

Climate Jobs New York

Labor leaders and union members from the Climate Jobs New York (CJNY) coalition met with Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm for a roundtable discussion about building a clean energy future to combat climate change while creating millions of good, union jobs.

Sec. Granholm opened the event with remarks about the importance of creating high-quality, high-paying union jobs through public investments in climate infrastructure, highlighting the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan.

OP-ED: Mike Fishman, executive director of the Climate Jobs National Resource Center on President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

Climate Jobs National Resource Center

Climate Jobs National Resource Center (CJNRC) applauds President Biden’s ambitious recovery plan that will invest in Americans by creating good union jobs while repairing our nation’s infrastructure and building an equitable green new economy.

OP-ED: Make green jobs good jobs

By John Harrity and Samantha Dynowski, The CT Mirror

Big challenges require commensurate responses. Connecticut is meeting the challenge with climate policy to reduce greenhouse gases and transition from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy. As part of our climate policy, it is also critical that Connecticut ensure a technically advanced, sustainable labor force, and provides good jobs for workers and communities in clean and renewable energy development.

Climate Jobs New York Update: We Support the Public Service Commission’s Approval of the South Fork Wind Cable Landing

Workers World Today

This week, Climate Jobs New York and allies issued the following statement on the PSC’s approval of the South Fork Wind Project’s cable landing: “As groups representing local civic, environmental advocacy, labor and the business community, we collectively believe that the advancement of offshore wind projects, such as South Fork Wind, are among the most powerful tools to help New York transition to a cleaner, greener and more resilient clean energy economy.

State Approves Offshore Wind Farm Cable Landing

By Christopher Walsh, The Easthampton Star

In a major step forward for the proposed South Fork Wind farm, the New York State Public Service Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to issue a conditional Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need, a requirement in order for the project to move ahead.

The review covered approximately 3.5 miles of the installation’s export cable from the state territorial waters boundary to the south shore of the Town of East Hampton, and approximately 4.1 miles of the cable on an underground path to a Long Island Power Authority substation in East Hampton.

Pascrell, Rice Lead NJ, NY Members Demanding Federal Action on Offshore Wind Development

Inside NJ

The group of lawmakers is urging the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to issue long-overdue wind development area designations in the New York Bight and to hold new lease.

“As a leader in the fight against climate change, New York State has legally committed to generating 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035–enough energy to power up to six million homes,” said Rep. Rice.

Lara Skinner named to Just Transition Working Group

ILR Worker Institute

Lara Skinner, executive director of The Worker Institute at the Cornell University ILR School and Board Member of CJNRC has been named to the Just Transition Working Group.

NYSERDA: The “Just Transition” Working Group will help to ensure an equitable transition for New York’s workforce toward the State’s renewable energy future and will develop a forward-looking jobs report, identify workforce training needs, and assess opportunities to put former power plant sites to productive use.

How New York is trying to build lots of renewables, fast

North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and  ØRSTED signed landmark MOU for U.S. offshore wind workforce transition

Energy Central

Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind development, announced today a landmark initiative with North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), the labor organization representing more than 3 million skilled craft professionals. The partnership will create a national agreement designed to transition U.S. union construction workers into the offshore wind industry in collaboration with the leadership of the 14 U.S. NABTU affiliates and the AFL-CIO.

Powering Chicago Member Joins Climate Jobs Illinois Coalition

PRNewswire

Powering Chicago, the voice of Chicago’s unionized electrical industry, announced today that member Bob Hattier has been appointed to Climate Jobs Illinois, a coalition of labor organizations advocating for a pro-worker, pro-climate agenda in Illinois.

A state affiliate of the Climate Jobs National Resource Center, Climate Jobs Illinois is independent of energy developers and utilities and is united around a shared goal of combating climate change while reversing income inequality.