This week, more than 50 heads of state and 1,200 guests, including President Barack Obama, attended the seventh annual Clinton Global Initiative. Founded in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative brings policymakers, CEOs, leading thinkers, and philanthropists together to solve problems . With the focus of this year’s meeting on creating jobs, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten joined the conference, offering innovative solutions to get America back to work.
Clinton praised a pledge by the AFL-CIO and a coalition chaired by the AFT to invest $10 billion dollars in energy-efficient infrastructure and green job training: “This is a huge deal. This could be done not just in the United States but in every European country, in every wealthy Asian country. This system will work and you get guaranteed savings.” Read more »
Down in Memphis, Tennessee, Sharp Solar and its 385 union workers are bringing good manufacturing jobs back to the United States, all while providing residential, commercial, and utility customers access to clean energy. The company assembles solar panels with the partnership of its skilled employees and their union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Read more »
When Colorado passed groundbreaking renewable energy legislation in 2004, Shawn Josserand saw an opportunity. The voter-initiated policy mandated utilities to begin generating electricity from renewable sources, and empowered homeowners and businesses to generate their own electricity—in effect, creating a modern day “clean energy gold rush”.
As a master electrician and longtime member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Josserand combined old fashioned entrepreneurship with progressive views about labor relations to make installing renewable energy sources easy and efficient for all Coloradans. Based in Golden, Colorado, Josserand’s business—Golden Solar—installs solar panels for residential and commercial clients using 100-percent union labor. The company handles all phases of design and installation, and has quickly earned a reputation for exceptional quality, outstanding customer service, and high standards. Read more »