Making Green Jobs Good Jobs
Senate Finance Committee member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and House Energy and Commerce Committee member Jay Inslee, D-Wash., will join Laborers’ International Union general president Terence O’Sullivan, Sierra Club political director Cathy Duvall, and clean energy business leaders and workers for a news conference on Tuesday, February 3 at 11 a.m. ET at the United States Capitol to urge Congressional leaders to take bold action to create a new Green American Dream for working people by making sure the newly created green jobs are good jobs that can sustain families and fuel economic recovery.
Speakers will release a new report analyzing the varied quality of existing green jobs (some paying as little as $8.25 an hour), and urge Congress to take bold action to ensure that the major public investments in Congress’ economic recovery and reinvestment plan create a green economy that rebuilds the middle class and renews the American Dream for America’s workers.
The report release comes a day before hundreds of labor, environmental and business advocates go to Capitol Hill — on Wednesday, February 4 — for Green Jobs Advocacy Day to educate lawmakers about the job-creating opportunities that exist in the green economy.Participants
- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
- Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash.
- Terence O’Sullivan, general pres., LIUNA
- Cathy Duvall, political dir., Sierra Club
- Michael Peck, dir. Human Resources, Gamesa
- Dennis Wilde, Gerding Edlen Development
- David Foster, exec. dir., Blue Green Alliance
- Perrette Hopkins, trainee, Garden State Alliance for a New Economy