Good Jobs, Green Jobs Midwest

March 30, 2012 -- Partnership for Working Families

Now in its fifth year, the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference will hold regional conferences throughout the country in 2012. The Partnership is proud to sponsor the gatherings and supports our partners from Boston, Los Angles, San Jose, Philadelphia and Atlanta who are participating or have organized sessions at the regional events.  Each meeting provides a unique opportunity for like-minded allies to share lessons and strengthen coalitions.  The next event will be held in Detroit May 10-11th at the Renaissance Center, register to attend the Midwest conference here.

Transit Justice, Energy Efficiency, Job Training and Much More...

At the Philadelphia conference in April, attendees heard lessons from organizing riders and workers to fight for transit justice in Boston.  Moderated by Community Labor United / Green Justice Coalition Senior Organizer Diana Bell, this session included representatives from Amalgamated Transit Union locals and community organizations to discuss the coalition priorities, campaign strategy, and the connection between local and statewide issues.

In February, the Southeast Conference in Atlanta featured Georgia STAND-UP’s Executive Deborah Scott in a panel discussion. Scott shared lessons from the high-performance “green building projects” that are creating new construction jobs and opportunity in the region.  The important role of community-labor partnerships in creating pathways for workers was a central theme in many of the sessions featuring the Partnership’s allies and affiliates. 

At the West Coast Conference in March, the importance of apprenticeship and training partnerships was in the spotlight.  LAANE’s union partner IBEW Local 18 described their role in developing a new training program as part of a unique workforce initiative with the LA Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipally owned utility. 

At the same conference, Working Partnerships USA’s Associate Policy Director Louise Auerhahn described how the building trades unions and work2future, Silicon Valley's Workforce Investment Board, are impacting lives through a workforce and skills training which targets formerly incarcerated women and people of color.  Auerhahn reported the program’s high success rate of 70 percent, thanks in large measure to supportive role of construction firms. 

Detailed Agenda and Session Descriptions Online

Each convening provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the innovation happening in regions across the country.  To read updates, session descriptions and register for the next conference, please visit: