Posts Tagged ‘Green Jobs’

Flambeau River Papers writes a new chapter in history of U.S. paper industry

When the soaring price of natural gas drove Smart Papers Mill into bankruptcy in 2006, the people of Park Falls, Wisconsin were faced with the loss of 300 local jobs. In a city with less than 3,000 residents, that job loss would have done major, if not irreparable, damage to the community.

Luckily for Park Falls, entrepreneur Butch Johnson stepped in to make sure that mill’s former employees weren’t left out in the cold. Johnson rehired nearly all of the mill’s workers, saving hundreds of other local jobs in the process. And he didn’t just give the mill’s employees their jobs back—he honored their existing union contract, including pay, benefits, and seniority. For their part, those union employees brought their knowledge of the paper industry to the table, and Johnson considers his employees’ union, United Steelworkers Local 2-0445,  “an integral part of the success of the company.” Read more »


And now for some positive news: the 2010 Labor Day List

In advance of Labor Day, American Rights at Work is releasing its annual report, The Labor Day List: Partnerships that Work. Every year the Labor Day List highlights positive labor-management relationships, but this year we decided to take it a step further and honor great relationships specifically within the clean energy economy. Read more »


The new economy: blue and green

Thank you so much to all the people who made the 2010 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference such an enormous success! We enjoyed the fascinating panels, the robust discussions – and I’ll add that the complementary coffee didn’t hurt either.

On Tuesday, we heard leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, CWA President Larry Cohen, and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter speak about their experiences and their plans to help create well-paying clean energy jobs – whether through national legislation, union organizing, or state-wide grant programs.

That afternoon, attendees packed into a hotel conference room for our panel “Partnerships That Work: Good, Green Employers.” Moderated by our Socially Responsible Business Program Director, Nikki Daruwala, the panel highlighted real-life examples of labor-management partnerships that are not only helping companies survive the recession, but also transforming them into green, clean, and sustainable businesses.

Some panel highlights: Read more »


Join us at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference

Want to hear innovative companies discuss the importance of working with unions to support workers’ rights, sustain the environment, and benefit the company’s bottom line?

Join American Rights at Work at the 2010 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference taking place from May 4-6, in Washington, DC.

We’re proud to join our partners at the Blue Green Alliance as a sponsor and convener of this event, and excited to host a panel highlighting real-life examples of how working in partnership with employees and their unions helps companies weather turbulent times while increasing demand for green products and services.

Our Socially Responsible Business Director, Nikki Daruwala, is moderating the panel and will be joined by Michael Peck of Gamesa USA; Molly Bordanaro, Senior Vice President at Gerding Edlen Development, Inc.; Ron Kenedi, Vice President at Sharp Solar; and William “Butch” Johnson, CEO of Flambeau River Paper.

Please register and join us at the session Partnerships That Work: Good, Green Employers on Tuesday, May 4, 2:30-4:00 p.m. at the Hilton Washington Hotel.

We hope to see you there.