A new coalition of labor unions called Climate Jobs Washington was formed this summer “to address both climate change and racial and economic inequality by creating high-quality union jobs to sustain Washington’s families and communities.”
The coalition released “Climate Jobs Roadmap for Washington State,” a report prepared by Cornell University’s Climate Jobs Institute, that outlines policy recommendations around which the coalition intends to campaign.
The report lays out a worker-centered climate plan to create over 800,000 jobs in the building, transportation, energy, low-carbon manufacturing, resilience, and adaptation sectors in Washington State.
According to April Sims, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO,
Washington must tackle the dual crises of climate chaos and inequality by expanding access to union climate careers for women, communities of color, and rural communities. By winning strong labor and equity standards for workers in the clean energy economy, we can create training pathways to good union careers that pay family-sustaining wages in communities that need them most.
To read the report: