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American Rights at Work honors Gamesa Technology Corp. for building a partnership that respects workers’ rights, provides good jobs, and helps create a new green energy economy.
Gamesa Technology Corp. is setting the example on how private industry can partner with government to harness the vast potential of renewable energy.  The wind energy producer is leading the way in creating “green collar” jobs of the future, protecting the environment, and helping to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.
 
Hoping to create a new standard for green employment in the United States, Gamesa worked in tandem with Gov. Ed Rendell to launch operations in Pennsylvania in 2005 as a pioneer for domestic green energy production.  The company has invested $175 million in the state and now employs roughly 1,200 workers. Its two Pennsylvania facilities produce enough wind turbines to power up to 270,000 households across the United States each year. 
 
Embracing a neutrality agreement and pledging to support its employees’ decision to use the majority sign-up method of union organizing, Gamesa negotiated its first contract with the United Steelworkers (USW) in 2007 and has remained a cooperative partner ever since. “This agreement is a great example of how we can have good jobs and a clean environment,” said USW International President Leo Gerard at the contract signing.
 
Gamesa’s employees benefit from a strong contract that provides good wages, access to quality health care, and a matched 401(k) retirement plan, among other things.  Known for its progressive relationships with European labor unions, Gamesa strives for strong collaboration and open dialogue with its workers. Both union and company officials meet monthly in joint committees at each of Gamesa’s plants to inspect and discuss issues pertaining to safety, health, and the environment.
 
A prototype model for domestic renewable energy production, Gamesa is working to make it clear to those on Wall Street that companies best for investment are ones where workers have union representation.  Gamesa proves that companies can be successful while advancing a socially responsible approach to workers’ rights and our environment.
 
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