Plans are being developed throughout the country to create hundreds of thousands of good paying, union jobs, while also striving to improve environmental conditions.
Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined AWF Union Podcast to shine light on an Illinois program designed to bring clean energy, union jobs to the state.
Climate Jobs Illinois
Climate Jobs Illinois is a coalition labor organizations seeking to develop a pro-worker agenda in Illinois that will see the creation of some 300,000 union jobs focused on reducing the effects of climate change in Illinois.
The goal is to reduce emissions in their entirety and move to 100 percent clean energy by 2050, with much of the work being done in the next 10 years.
As stated, the program is expected to create 300,000 union jobs in the state. Many of these jobs will be building trades jobs as tradesmen and tradeswomen are needed to install solar panels, wind turbines and work in nuclear power plants, many being covered under project labor agreements.
Ielmini said the Insulators will come into play when public schools and other public spaces are being modified to be more energy efficient. By installing mechanical insulation, these facilities will reduce their emissions and energy use.
Creating a plan for the future
Climate Jobs Illinois has developed a political base within the state, who is working to craft legislation to reach its goals. They’re tasked with showing why 300,000 jobs created and reduced emissions will be beneficial to the state.
Ielmini said this program seems to be working well and is moving toward its goals. He hopes Climate Jobs Illinois will be the roadmap for other states to follow as they develop their own plans, creating union jobs across the nation.