Climate Jobs New York (CJNY) is a growing coalition of labor unions representing 2.6 million working men and women at the center of New York’s economy. We are united around a shared goal of combating climate change while reversing income inequality. CJNY’s mission is to advocate for a clean energy economy at the scale climate science demands, create good union jobs, and support more equitable communities and a more resilient New York.
We empower New Yorkers, especially workers, in the civic engagement process to advance a low-carbon, equitable economy through training, workshops, and education exchanges. We engage all sectors—elected officials, policymakers, businesses, and community—around pro-climate, pro-worker policies. Unlike most other labor-climate coalitions, CJNY includes building trades and energy sector unions that represent members who currently work in the fossil fuel sector, operating and maintaining coal, oil, gas, and nuclear plants that will be phased out as the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy accelerates. A key priority of CJNY is protecting and supporting impacted workers through the clean energy transition.
CJNY met with early and significant success when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo committed to supplying more than 85 percent of the state’s annual energy needs with the renewable resources of offshore wind and solar energy. Additionally, New York was the first state in the country to include a project labor agreement in its initial request for bids to construct offshore wind farms. The agreement ensures that all of the construction workers on the project will receive union pay and benefits.
“With Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York has raced to the forefront of clean energy development. And we’re going to do our part to make sure New York stays on the leading edge, from port infrastructure that can make us a manufacturing staging port for the offshore wind industry to the installation of solar retrofits on public schools. There’s a lot more we need to do to grow New York’s clean energy economy and take on the dual crises of climate change and inequality.” Gary LaBarbera, President, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York
As New York State moves toward its renewable energy goals, there is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure that the path to low-carbon future results in good jobs that provide family-sustaining wages and benefits for communities across the state.
Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit
Thank you to all who join us for our Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit. We hope you enjoyed the day and feel as inspired as we do.
We are happy to share that over 1,900 people tuned in and another 2,500 people watched on Facebook Live. Broadly speaking, the goal of the Summit was to provide a platform to dig into some of today’s most urgent topics: the inextricable link between climate change and inequality, the specific opportunities for bold climate action, and the best ideas on building a green new economy, and engage in an honest discussion about just transition for workers in fossil fuel industries and their community.
To accomplish this, we convened 52 leading experts from different backgrounds onto one virtual stage to share their unique perspectives on tackling the existential crisis of climate change, building a green new economy with good family-sustaining jobs, and creating a healthy future for our children.