With the immediate economic crisis exacerbating the long-term decline of the American middle class, the green economy has emerged as a potential savior. In this messianic view, a new wave of green-collar jobs is ready to sweep in to replace the millions of vanished manufacturing jobs, restore the shrinking middle class, and lift up the foundering boats of millions more working poor trying desperately to keep afloat.
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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act injected unprecedented funding into home weatherization programs in states across the nation, creating an immediate impetus for states to build weatherization programs that really work. This includes reaching a scale that addresses climate change, making a real impact on energy costs for the lowest-income homeowners, and creating many thousands of entry-level jobs in construction that become the first step into sustainable careers in construction for workers who desperately need them.
On May 27th, FRESC and the Campaign for Responsible Development (CRD) won community benefits at Union Station – a large mixed use redevelopment project located in downtown Denver that will be the hub of FasTracks, our metro area’s future mass transit rail build out estimated at a cost of around 500 million dollars. After three years of organizing, coalition building, research and advocacy, the CRD formalized support of the project to the Denver City Council with a vote 12-1.
by Pam Fendt, GJLN Coordinator
The Good Jobs and Livable Neighborhoods Project of Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund is working with the Wisconsin Laborers District Council and the Laborers Great Lakes Region Organizing Committee on a campaign to shape Wisconsin’s expanded weatherization program.
The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) won important policy battles in 2008 that set the stage for major improvements in the lives of local workers. The new policies will make it tougher for developers and contractors to pay poverty wages and deny employee health coverage, raising the standard of living for many working families.
Good jobs now a goal for future development
Community Labor United (CLU), working in the Greater Boston region, has had a successful year strengthening our partnership of base-building community and labor organizations. Our focus has continued to be growing new organizing in our region, building power for working class communities and counteracting the growing gap between rich and poor. We achieve these goals through collaborat
The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) won two major policy victories in 2008 that will expand opportunity and improve job standards for workers, while also combating port-related pollution. LAANE also won a legal battle that paved the way for the implementation of a living wage law for 3,500 hotel workers.
Puget Sound Sage successfully brought the Partnership for Working Families community benefits model to the northwest in 2008. We signed a landmark community benefits agreement, culminating a two-year campaign and we took the first step in inserting these values into Metro-Seattle’s public policy debate as well.
2008 will long be remembered as a year of change – a time of shifting political landscapes, economic uncertainty, and renewed hope in the power of community organizing. Here at the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE), we have found ourselves even more deeply grounded in the struggle to make the economy work for working people and facing new challenges with passion and commitment.
By Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Executive Director
Working Partnerships USA is a public policy institute that builds partnerships with community, labor and faith organizations to improve the lives of families in Silicon Valley. In 2008, WPUSA scored a series of big victories that will benefit thousands of working families in our community.