Unions representing over half-a-million New York state workers are demanding the legislature allocate ten billion dollars to capitalize a Climate and Community Protection Fund. The fund would include:
- The Climate Jobs and Infrastructure Account aimed at building out New York’s clean energy economy while reducing emissions and growing good, green union jobs for all.
- The Community-Directed Climate Solutions Account designed to provide direct assistance to community-level organizations and projects driving community-directed climate solutions within disadvantaged communities.
- The Community and Worker Transition Assistance Account directed at providing direct support to impacted workers and communities.
- The Energy Affordability Account to help working families across New York afford their home, transportation, and energy costs.
Unions endorsing the demand include Local No. 3 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Professional Staff Congress-CUNY/AFT #2334, Teamsters Joint Council 16, AFSCME District Council 37, New York State Nurses Association, Sheet Metal Workers Local 58, United Auto Workers Region 9, United Auto Workers Region 9A, Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2, and United University Professions, along with ALIGN and Jobs to Move America.