High-Road Jobs and Climate Action: Lessons from California for the Nation
California’s Jobs and Climate Action Plan for 2030 provides concrete recommendations that can be applied in other states and the nation to ensure that workers are supported as policies to meet stringent greenhouse gas emissions reductions are implemented. It is premised on the value of a high-road economy, in which businesses pay the wages and benefits necessary to attract and retain skilled workers, who in turn perform high-quality work.
The Action Plan identifies specific complementary labor policies that can be incorporated into climate policies to generate family-supporting jobs and career pathways for disadvantaged workers. It then shows how training investments can deliver the skills required to perform these high-quality jobs and broaden access for all workers. It also provides recommendations on the transition for workers in declining industries to comparable livelihoods if jobs are lost.
Briefs in this series summarize the recommendations for some of the critical climate sectors addressed in the Action Plan: electricity generation, energy efficiency, electric vehicle manufacturing and charging infrastructure, public transit and infill development, trucking, and waste.