How will the transition to a clean-energy economy affect workers and unions? How is organized labor responding to this transition? What policies and strategies can best address workers’ concerns? A panel of labor and climate leaders will discuss the challenges and opportunities at this free public forum.
Workers in a range of fields—steelworkers, pipe fitters, teachers, electricians, hospitality and service employees, government, communications, healthcare and autoworkers—will be affected differently by this transition. Even within the same trade unions, some workers will see new job opportunities, some will be less affected, others will face job losses.
During this transition, labor unions must be at the table. Opportunities may come in the form of job growth, project labor agreements, skill standards, and organizing the unorganized. Challenges may be met through retraining programs, relocation assistance, and healthcare and pension guarantees.
This forum is one attempt to help set that table. Its purpose is to grow communication channels between labor representatives, policy experts and climate advocates in order to create promising pathways to a prosperous and equitable future.
JB Tengco, Moderator. West Coast Executive Director, Blue Green Alliance
Betony Jones, Labor and Climate Policy Researcher
Susan Reed, International Representative, United Auto Workers
Victor Uno, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 595
Marguerite Young, Service Employees International Union, Climate and Environmental Justice Coordinator
A member of the United Steel Workers
6:30 PM: snacks and refreshments
7 – 9 PM: panel discussion
Ample on-site parking.
Convenient BART-MUNI access.
League of Women Voters • Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville
Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco Chapters of Citizens’ Climate Lobby