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Gamesa Technology Corporation, Inc.

Gamesa logo This successful wind turbine manufacturer in the industrial heartland proves the U.S. can embrace green-collar jobs that respect workers’ rights.

In Partnership With: USW

Building a new, green energy economy while respecting workers’ rights

Gamesa Technology Corporation is setting the example of how private industry can partner with government and with labor to harness the vast potential of renewable energy. The wind power producer is leading the way in protecting the environment, helping to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil, and creating the good, union, green-collar jobs of the future.

At a Glance

Gamesa Technology Corporation generates renewable electric energy through the design, manufacturing, and operation of wind turbines and wind farms. Globally, the company produces the equivalent of 2.78 million tons of petroleum each year. Its multinational headquarters are in Spain.

Headquarters
Philadelphia, PA (US)

Website
www.gamesa.es/en

Industry
Renewable Energy

Union Employees
Roughly 1,000 steelworkers

Total Employees
1,160

Annual Revenues
$14.5 million

Outlets
4 production facilities in 2 locations and 1 US headquarters operations in PA

Customers
Produce wind turbines to power 270,000 U.S. households per year

Gamesa launched 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 four Pennsylvania facilities produce enough wind turbines to power up to 270,000 households across the country each year.

Known for its progressive relationships with European labor unions, it was a logical decision for the company to embrace a neutrality agreement and voluntarily recognize the decision of a majority of its employees to choose union representation. Jim Bauer now works for Gamesa just 1,000 yards from the now-closed US Steel plant where he was employed for 25 years. He appreciated his new employer’s respect for its employees decision to form a union, as Gamesa “didn’t try and put up any roadblocks.”

Gamesa negotiated its first contract with the United Steelworkers (USW) in 2007 and has remained a cooperative partner with its workers and their union ever since. The company’s employees benefit from a strong contract that provides good wages, healthcare benefits, a matched 401(k) retirement plan, and 13 days of vacation in the first year. Further, both union and company officials meet monthly in joint committees at each of Gamesa’s plants to discuss issues pertaining to safety, health, and the environment.

“The building blocks of Gamesa’s success have their base in the collaboration and dialogue that we’ve established with the employees who work in our factories< and with the union that represents them,” says Julius Steiner, CEO of Gamesa USA. USW International Vice President Tom Conway echoes the value of the relationship. “Clearly, both sides are dedicated to what is best not only for the business, but also for the workers, their families, and the well-being of the community. At the same time, we are jointly able to do what is right for our environment. All together, this has been a win-win-win so far.”

As it continues to expand its business domestically, Gamesa proves that companies can be successful while advancing a socially responsible approach to workers’ rights and our environment.

Selection Criteria  

> Free and fair chance to form a union

> Collaborating as equal partners with workers and their unions to craft innovative strategies on compensation, performance, and productivity to meet business goals and address challenges

> Providing sustainable wages or progressive increases and worker-friendly benefits 

> Protecting workers' safety and health

> Offering training and professional development opportunities

> Contributing positively to the broader community