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Green Jobs and Global Warming Legislation January 2009.

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1 Green Jobs and Global Warming Legislation January 2009

2 Blue Green Alliance What is the Blue Green Alliance? What is the Blue Green Alliance? Started in 2006 Started in 2006 Original alliance between the United Steelworkers (USW) and the Sierra Club Original alliance between the United Steelworkers (USW) and the Sierra Club Partnership has expanded: Partnership has expanded: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Communications Workers of America (CWA)Communications Workers of America (CWA) Service Employees International Union (SEIU)Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Laborers International Union of North AmericaLaborers International Union of North America Sierra Club has organizers running field programs in four states: Sierra Club has organizers running field programs in four states: Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and WisconsinMinnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin

3 Supporters in Ohio Each state has a slightly different coalition Each state has a slightly different coalition Other partners in Ohio have included: Other partners in Ohio have included: Large number of environmental groups Large number of environmental groups Ohio AFL-CIO Ohio AFL-CIO Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) Ohio Farmers Union Ohio Farmers Union Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Policy Matters Ohio Policy Matters Ohio Cuyhoga Community College Cuyhoga Community College Apollo Alliance Apollo Alliance Wellstone Wellstone America Votes America Votes International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) This will be expanding in This will be expanding in 2009.

4 Goals Overview In 2009 the BGA will focus on several policy areas: In 2009 the BGA will focus on several policy areas: Green Chemistry Green Chemistry Trade reform Trade reform Workers rights Workers rights Green Jobs Green Jobs Global Warming solutions Global Warming solutions

5 Green Chemistry What has happened? What has happened? Toxic Toys House Parties Toxic Toys House Parties Various purposes Various purposes Health effectsHealth effects Labor and Trade issuesLabor and Trade issues Organizing skillsOrganizing skills Testing toysTesting toys Goals for the future: Goals for the future: House Parties House Parties Take it to a new constituencies (labor, families, PTA members)Take it to a new constituencies (labor, families, PTA members)

6 Trade Reform What has been happening? What has been happening? Ohio Conference on Fair Trade Ohio Conference on Fair Trade Currently working on compiling a letter to the new congressCurrently working on compiling a letter to the new congress House Parties House Parties Goal for the future: Goal for the future: Foster support among identified decision makers Foster support among identified decision makers Trade agreement will uphold labor and environmental standards Trade agreement will uphold labor and environmental standards Trade reforms will be a building block of international climate change agreements Trade reforms will be a building block of international climate change agreements

7 Workers Rights to Organize What has been done? What has been done? Employee Free Choice Act Employee Free Choice Act Number one priority for Labor in 2009 (???)Number one priority for Labor in 2009 (???) Goals for the Future Goals for the Future Employee Free Choice Act Employee Free Choice Act Engage and educate environmental groups and allied organizations on ensuring workers rights Engage and educate environmental groups and allied organizations on ensuring workers rights

8 Green Jobs What has been done: What has been done: Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference 2008 Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference 2008 Pittsburg, OHPittsburg, OH 1,000 attendees1,000 attendees Green Jobs Rally (September 2008) Green Jobs Rally (September 2008) Governor Strickland spoke and signed the Ohio Good Green Jobs PledgeGovernor Strickland spoke and signed the Ohio Good Green Jobs Pledge Jobs Training Program in Cincinnati Jobs Training Program in Cincinnati Economic Development Study in Cincinnati Economic Development Study in Cincinnati Goals for the Future Goals for the Future Working with the Ohio Department of Development Working with the Ohio Department of Development Good Jobs Green Job Conference 2009 Good Jobs Green Job Conference 2009 Continuing work on the Economic Development Study Continuing work on the Economic Development Study Working with Sherrod Browns Office on a series of events throughout the state Working with Sherrod Browns Office on a series of events throughout the state

9 C-Campaign and other Global Warming Legislation Work C-campaign/global warming coalition C-campaign/global warming coalition Partners Partners Environment OhioEnvironment Ohio PEGPEG AudobonAudobon Ohio League of Conservation Voters (OLCV)Ohio League of Conservation Voters (OLCV) Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Izaac Walton LeagueIzaac Walton League Natural Wildlife FederationNatural Wildlife Federation Sierra ClubSierra Club

10 C-campaign Goal Increase support for strong global warming legislation Increase support for strong global warming legislation (cap and trade and clean energy) (cap and trade and clean energy) Targets Targets TIER ONE: work with TIER ONE: work with Senator Sherrod BrownSenator Sherrod Brown Congresspersons Betty Sutton, Marcy Kaptur, Charlie Wilson, Zac Space, Tim, Ryan, John Boccieri, Mary Jo Kilroy, Dreihaus, and Marcia FudgeCongresspersons Betty Sutton, Marcy Kaptur, Charlie Wilson, Zac Space, Tim, Ryan, John Boccieri, Mary Jo Kilroy, Dreihaus, and Marcia Fudge TIER TWO: hold accountable TIER TWO: hold accountable LaTourette, VoinovichLaTourette, Voinovich

11 Major Goals: Recap Blue Green Alliance Blue Green Alliance Rebuild and strengthen existing relationships with coalition partners, as well as include new partners (ie- SEIU, CWA) Rebuild and strengthen existing relationships with coalition partners, as well as include new partners (ie- SEIU, CWA) Help build support for good green jobs to jumpstart economic recovery and stop global warming. Help build support for good green jobs to jumpstart economic recovery and stop global warming. Engage and educate others in a workers right to organize Engage and educate others in a workers right to organize Foster support around fair trade Foster support around fair trade C-campaign C-campaign

12 How you can help Attend the Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference in DC Attend the Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference in DC Sign up at Sign up at Carpooling Carpooling Available in OHAvailable in OH If interested interested Indicated whether or not you are willing to drive.Indicated whether or not you are willing to drive. Funds may be available. Enid for more information. Funds may be available. Enid for more information. Participate in a meeting with a new member of congress. Participate in a meeting with a new member of congress. Participate in a Statewide Steering Committee for the Blue Green Alliance. Participate in a Statewide Steering Committee for the Blue Green Alliance.


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