UWUA at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2015 Conference

It’s time to Energize America.

gjgj-2015Join us at the 2015 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference, April 13 in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

Good Jobs, Green Jobs is the Conference where jobs and the environment meet, and this year we’re focused on Energizing America by repairing and rebuilding our nation’s energy infrastructure. By doing that, we can accelerate the deployment of renewable energy and make our country energy efficient—boosting our economy and addressing climate change at the same time.

Registration is closed.

Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2015 will feature dynamic keynote speakers, informative workshops, and opportunities to network with people from around the country making a difference in their communities tackling climate change and creating jobs. Elizabeth Warren will be addressing the conference attendees and the UWUA will be panelists on two workshops

Jumpstart the discussion to Energize America today.

Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2015 will feature dynamic keynote speakers, informative workshops, and opportunities to network with people from around the country making a difference in their communities tackling climate change and creating jobs. Join thousands of business and community leaders, union members, and environmentalists at Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2015—April 13 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.—and let’s Energize America.

Don’t Miss UWUA’s Panel Discussions:

Ensuring the Transformation in Clean Energy Technology Works for Jobs and Labor

Monday, April 13   ·   10:30AM – 12:00PM

There is a technological transformation underway in the energy and transportation sectors —whether we’re looking at our electric grid, wind, solar, and distributed power, or at super-efficient, electric, or even autonomous vehicles, and many others. These changes are essential from both a climate and business perspective. But will these changes improve or worsen a decades-long pressure on wages, unionization, and reinvestment in American communities? Come hear what labor, government, and technology leaders are doing today to ensure we get this technology revolution right for American workers, families and communities.

Speakers:

  • Jim Harrison, Sr. National Representative, Region IV, UWUA
  • AFL/ IBEW – TBD
  • Josh Nassar, Legislative Director, UAW

Description:

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan, proposed last June and set to be finalized this June, sets emission standards for carbon dioxide from existing power plants. It is the latest in a string of environmental regulations pressuring the coal industry. However, coal is already declining, particularly in Central Appalachia, due to a variety of economic factors—historically low natural gas prices, declining labor productivity, competition from other coal producing regions, and falling costs of renewable energy. It is clear that the transition to a clean energy economy will affect some regions of the country disproportionately, even if the overall economic impact is positive for the nation overall.

What policies and programs could help Coal Country diversify its economy and provide more opportunities for high-paying jobs? How could coal states secure revenue for such programs as part of their compliance plans for the new EPA standards? What complementary policies can both states and the federal government implement or expand to help address displaced workers in coal communities? This panel will consider past examples of transition and evaluate the current needs of coal communities, in terms of worker transition and retraining. We will highlight real-world success stories on the ground, and we will emphasize the need for special consideration for transition assistance for affected states and communities.

Ed Good, UWUA Legislative Director will be speaking about the need for worker and community transition policies under plant closing scenarios as a result of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.