Infrastructure bill will create electrical jobs to install charging stations

Doug Nelson, Business Manager and Financial Secretary of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 223, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the infrastructure bill and what it will mean for Massachusetts. Continue reading

Mechanical insulation is our most effective tool to fight climate change

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the role of mechanical insulation in the fight against climate change. Continue reading

Budget reconciliation bill would be a boon for EV market

United Auto Workers (UAW) Legislative Director Josh Nassar joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss provisions in the budget reconciliation bill that, if passed, would make electric vehicles substantially more affordable.

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Analysis: Ford secures $1 billion in subsidies for EV plant in Tennessee

Arlene Martinez, Communications Director at Good Jobs First, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss subsidies the state of Tennessee has given Ford and SK Innovation to develop a $5.6 billion electric vehicle (EV) assembly and battery plant at the Memphis Regional Megasite in Stanton, Tenn. Continue reading

Transition to clean energy must create union jobs that benefit families

Justin Williams, an attorney for the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 132, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the transition to clean energy and why it must be done in a way that creates good paying, union jobs. Continue reading

Illinois’ Climate and Jobs Act will create union jobs and fight climate change

Gina Walsh, Deputy Director of the Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust (LMCT), joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Climate and Jobs Act that was passed last month by the Illinois state legislature. Continue reading

Improving building insulation fights climate change, saves money

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports buildings account for roughly 40 percent of energy consumption in the U.S.

According to numerous studies, improved insulation is the most cost effective and efficient approach to improve energy efficiency in buildings, and slow climate change.

Pete Ielmini, Executive Director of the Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT), joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss climate change and how mechanical insulation can cut greenhouse gas emissions and save money, effectively paying for itself within six months to two years. Continue reading

Harvard students push university to divest from fossil fuels

After nearly a decade of protests and two faculty votes, Harvard University announced this month it would begin to divest its multibillion dollar endowment from fossil fuels. The university pledged to make the endowment greenhouse-gas-neutral by 2050.

Ilana Cohen, a Harvard junior and contributor to The Nation Magazine, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the student and faculty campaign to push Harvard to divest from fossil fuels. Continue reading

Refinery to hire non-union workers for turnaround

For generations, the Lima Refinery routinely relied on Local Union workers for its annual maintenance turnaround — repairing and replacing worn out parts, pumps and equipment to ensure the plant continues production and avoids costly shutdowns.

In operation for over 135 years, the Ohio plant was acquired by Canadian-based Cenovus Energy in January. The new owners told building trades leaders they planned to bring in 3,000 out-of-town non-union workers to do the turnaround — an unprecedented move considering multiple generations of union families in Lima have consistently performed the turnaround work. Continue reading