Climate Jobs Illinois
The Climate Jobs Illinois coalition will advocates for a pro-worker, pro-climate agenda. The coalition will push for a thoughtful but 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 close the growing income inequality gap. in disadvantaged communities.
The coalition represents hundreds of thousands of Illinois working men and women who are best suited to build Illinois’ new clean-energy economy from the ground up. 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 –, Climate Jobs Illinois is working to ensure these jobs create more pathways to the middle class, especially for communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
Since the pandemic began, Illinois has lost around 600,000 jobs. Nearly half of those will likely never come back. The pandemic has also highlighted the effects of growing income inequality in Illinois and across the country, with disproportionate numbers of Black and brown communities suffering job losses and significantly higher rates of COVID-19 infection and death.
Our coalition has put forward innovative proposals that support state renewable portfolio standards, the creation of new investments in wind and solar projects, improving fleet efficiency and enhancing public transit infrastructure, and improving energy efficiency in public, commercial and residential spaces. The plans will leverage Illinois’ clean energy natural resources, strong labor pool, ready-made apprentice programs, and manufacturing infrastructure.
Coalition Governing Board:
Illinois AFL-CIO President and Chair Tim Drea,
Illinois Secretary-Treasurer Pat Devaney
Chicago Federation of Labor President Bob Reiter
Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council President Ralph Affrunti.
Executive Committee Members:
Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers State Council
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union
Laborers International Union of North America Midwest Region
Laborers International Union of North America Great Lakes Region
Service Employees International Union Local 1
United Auto Workers Region 4