UWUA Local 1-2 President Jimmy Slevin recently traveled to Denmark as a representative for Climate Jobs NY (CJNY) to learn about wind and clean energy development. Climate Jobs NY is a new coalition of labor unions representing New York workers and is united around a shared goal of combating climate change and promoting wage equality.
UWUA Local 1-2 is a member of the CJNY coalition, which already has several major clean energy accomplishments to date: earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the single largest commitment to renewable energy by a state at an unprecedented $1.4 billion, which will advance more than two dozen large-scale renewable energy projects across New York, including wind and solar.
In addition to creating over 3,000 short- and long-term good-paying jobs, the projects are expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 1.6 million metric tons, the equivalent to taking nearly 340,000 cars off the road. The Governor also included that all large scale renewable energy project solicitations will require prevailing wage in the contract.
We commend Local 1-2 for working with other New York unions to promote both renewable energy development and quality union jobs. UWUA believes that clean energy development has enormous potential and has supported several wind and solar projects that included union-led training and apprenticeship programs. This growing sector will create thousands of family-supporting, highly skilled construction, operations, and maintenance careers, and is ripe for innovative partnerships between labor and industry. We are optimistic about America’s energy future, and our affiliation with CJNY is an important part ensuring working families will benefit from this developing sector.