The United States faces enormous opportunity to launch a clean energy-driven economic recovery that supports millions of well-paying union jobs, confronts environmental injustice, and prevents the worst impacts of climate change. On March 31, President Joe Biden released the American Jobs Plan calling for major job-creating public investments in clean energy industries, clean infrastructure, and innovation. And to ensure that these federal investments support high-quality, family-wage jobs and build worker power, the president has called for including high-road labor standards and expanding the right to unionize.
All levels of government are working to ensure that these jobs are well-paying union jobs. States have already taken steps to prepare the workforce for the transition into a cleaner future while empowering workers and partnering with unions to improve labor standards. From tax incentives to apprenticeship programs to investing in green schools, state and local officials, environmental leaders, and industry have created a road map for much-needed federal action.
Join CAP founder John Podesta for a conversation with AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler on what it takes to ensure that clean jobs are good jobs.
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Mike Williams, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress