CONFERENCE: Labor in the Climate Transition: Charting the Roadmap for 2019 and Beyond
September 12, 2018 | David Brower Center Berkeley
The UC Berkeley Labor Center is hosting a conference on September 12, 2018, at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley, immediately prior to the start of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.
Reason for conference:
- California and the world must take major steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect our climate – but workers must be key beneficiaries also. The choice is clear: The green economy can produce good, family-supporting jobs with access for all, or it can worsen the overall economy’s yawning gap between the rich and low-wage gig workers.
Our conference goals:
- Identify and showcase the best practices in worker-friendly climate policy for 2019 and beyond – for California, other U.S. states, and international governments.
- Highlight the importance of labor unions for building sustainable broad-based coalitions that can support strong climate policies at the state, national and international level.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Art Pulaski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, California Labor Federation
- Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
- CA Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia
- Jeff Johnson, President, Washington State Labor Council
- Hans-Christian Gabrielsen, General Secretary, Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions
- Sarah White, Deputy Director, California Workforce Development Board
- Carol Zabin, Director, Green Economy Program, UC Berkeley Labor Center
Plenary and breakout session topics include:
- California – What is labor’s agenda for protecting good jobs through climate policy in 2019 and beyond.
- Just Transition – Best practices from U.S. and abroad for the low-carbon transition.
- Clean electricity – How renewables and the changing grid can support good jobs.
- Adaptation and Resilience – Preparing communities and infrastructure for impacts of climate change.
- Alliances – Success stories for creating and strengthening broad-based coalitions for climate action.
- Manufacturing – What does the industrial high road really look like?
- Energy efficiency and buildings decarbonization – Best practices for good jobs while reducing energy use in buildings and industry.
- Cargo and logistics – How to lower emissions and support workers in goods movement industries.
- Training and apprenticeships – How unions use training to build market share and support a diverse workforce.
- Transit and smart growth – Labor’s role in low-emissions urban mobility and development.
David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
(one block from downtown Berkeley BART station)
UC Berkeley Labor Center
California Labor Federation
International Trade Union Confederation
California Building and Construction Trades Council
IBEW Local 1245
Operating Engineers Local 3
Sheet Metal Workers Local 104
California Institute for Energy and Environment
California Employment Training Panel
9:00: Introductions by Carol Zabin (UCB Labor Center) and Art Pulaski (Executive Secretary-Treasurer, CA Labor Federation)
9:15: Sharan Burrow (General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation)
9:40-10:50: California – What is labor’s agenda for a climate strategy that protects good jobs?
- Sarah White (Deputy Director, CA Workforce Development Board) on the state’s commitment to high-road, low-carbon economic development
- Carol Zabin (UCB Labor Center) on proven best practices for the high road
- Cesar Diaz (Legislative & Political Director, CA Building Trades) on climate policy, renewables and clean energy
- Moderator: Asm. Eduardo Garcia
11:00-12:20: Just Transition – Best practices from U.S. and abroad for the low-carbon transition
- Hans-Christian Gabrielsen (General Secretary, Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions) about Norway’s need to diversify its economy away from petroleum
- Gil McGowan (President, Alberta Federation of Labour), on the Alberta Just Transition plan for coal phaseout
- Tom Dalzell (Business Manager, IBEW Local 1245) on Diablo Canyon nuclear shutdown deal
- Irene Lanziger (President, BC Federation of Labour) on BC’s provincial Just Transition policy.
- Woody Aroun (Parliamentary Officer, National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa, invited) about South Africa’s utilities sector transition from coal
- Jeff Johnson (President, Washington State Labor Council) on Carbon Tax Initiative 1631
- Moderator: Samantha Smith (Director, Just Transition Centre)
1:10-1:50: Keynote address
- Rich Trumka or Liz Shuler (AFL-CIO, invited)
- Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (invited)
Afternoon breakout panels
2:00-3:30: First session
Clean electricity – How renewables and the changing grid can support good jobs.
- Henry Stern (State Senator, Los Angeles, invited) on legislative action in 2018 and beyond
- Lara Skinner (Chair, Labor Leading on Climate Initiative, Cornell University) on Northeast states’ planning for offshore wind power
- Hunter Stern (Business Representative, IBEW Local 1245) on utilities industry
- Jeff Hunerlach (Secretary-Treasurer, Humboldt-Del Norte Building Trades) on California and North Coast offshore wind
- Moderator: Carol Zabin, UC Berkeley Labor Center
Alliances – Success stories for creating and strengthening broad coalitions for climate action.
- Vincent Alvarez (President, NYC Central Labor Council) on labor-enviro-EJ coalitions in New York
- Jackie Cornejo (Southern Region Equitable Development Strategist, Partnership for Working Families, invited) on greening industries through coalition campaigns
- Barbara Byrd (Secretary-Treasurer, Oregon AFL-CIO) on Oregon climate legislation
- Rebecca Newberry (Executive Director, Clean Air Coalition of Western NY) on closing of Tonawanda coal-fired power plant
- Lizeth Chacon (Executive Director, Colorado People’s Alliance) on collaborative efforts on climate, economic, immigrant and racial justice
- Moderator: Jose Carmona (California Campaigns Program Director, Energy Foundation)
Adaptation and resilience – Preparing communities and infrastructure for impacts of climate change.
- TBD from California Professional Firefighters on perspectives from the fireline – prevention, resilience, and crisis response
- Mark Kyle (Political Director, OE3) on sea level rise, flood and drought protection
- Cathy Stoddart (SEIU Nurse Alliance) on climate disaster response from Sandy (NY) to Maria (Puerto Rico)
- Joel Iboa (Board of Directors, Northwest Forest Worker Center, invited) on forest stewardship, raising standards and healthier forests
- Barbara Sattler (USF School of Public Health) on public health and social services with disasters, extreme heat, asthma, vector-borne diseases
- Moderators: Luisa Blue (Executive Vice President, SEIU)
Transit and smart growth – Labor’s role in low-emissions urban mobility and development.
- Rusty Hicks (President, LA County Labor Federation) on the progress on Measure JJJ and affordable housing
- Richard France (Principal, Estolano LeSar Perez) on smart growth and labor
- Yvonne Williams (President, Alameda Labor Council) on public transit unions’ role in climate policy
- Moderator: Cecilia Estolano (Co-Founder, Estolano LeSar Perez)
4:00-5:10: Second session
Manufacturing – What does the industrial high road really look like?
- Zoe Lipman (Director, Vehicles and Advanced Transportation Program, BlueGreen Alliance) on labor’s role in advanced supply chains
- Alyssa Giachino (Research/Political Lead, UAW) on “fair and responsible” manufacturing standards.
- Willie Solorzano (Lead Organizer, SMART Local 105) on Jobs to Move America and procurement
- Moderator: Brad Markell (Executive Director, Industrial Union Council, AFL-CIO)
Energy efficiency and buildings decarbonization – Best practices for good jobs while reducing energy use in buildings and industry.
- John Cartwright (President, Toronto & York Region Labour Council)
- Mike Fishman (Climate Jobs NY) on NYC buildings efficiency
- Dion Abril (Business Representative, Sheet Metal Workers Local 104) on energy efficiency coalition at CPUC
- Aida Cardenas (Executive Director, Building Skills Partnership) on Green Janitor program
- Moderator: Betony Jones
Training and apprenticeships – How unions use training to build market share and support a diverse workforce.
- Bernie Kotlier (Joint Labor Management Cooperation Committee, IBEW/NECA) on training for emerging technologies
- Peter Cooper (CA Employment Training Panel) on Transit High Road Training Partnerships
- John Harriel (IBEW Local 11) on jobs for formerly incarcerated in green careers
- Moderator: John Brauer (Executive Director for Workforce and Economic Development, CA Labor Federation)
Cargo and logistics – How to lower emissions and support workers in goods movement industries.
- Doug Bloch (Political Director, Teamsters Joint Council 7) on rail and coal trains.
- Sheheryar Kaoosji (Co-Executive Director, Warehouse Worker Resource Center) on warehousing
- Alana Dave (Int’l Transport Federation) on global union strategies on sustainable transportation
- Moderator: Steve Viscelli (Professor, UPenn)
5:15: Closing remarks by TBD