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CONFERENCE: Labor in the Climate Transition: Charting the Roadmap for 2019 and Beyond


  • September 12, 2018 | David Brower Center Berkeley

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    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

    Event Schedule
    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.

     
    Conference rate is $75
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    Event location
    David Brower Center
    2150 Allston Way
    Berkeley, CA 94704
    (one block from downtown Berkeley BART station)

    Event Co-Sponsors
    UC Berkeley Labor Center
    California Labor Federation
    International Trade Union Confederation
    California Building and Construction Trades Council
    SEIU California
    IBEW Local 1245
    BlueGreen Alliance
    Operating Engineers Local 3
    Sheet Metal Workers Local 104
    California Institute for Energy and Environment
    California Employment Training Panel


  • Program

    Morning keynotes

    8:00: Registration
    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)

    Morning panels

    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)

    12:20-1:00: Lunch

    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

    5:30: Reception