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Labor-management partnerships: The seeds of success in the green economy

Abigail Paris serves as Program Assistant for the Socially Responsible Business Program.

Flambeau River PapersToday is Earth Day—a day to reflect on the importance and value of the natural environment.  Started more than 40 years ago in the United States, Earth Day is now celebrated in over 175 countries. It also serves as a time to take note of year-round environmental stewardship. In the 2010 edition of our annual Labor Day List: Partnerships that Work, we did just that.

The eight businesses featured in the report are leaders in the green industry, in terms of both environmental sustainability and labor-management partnerships. Litecontrol manufactured the first architectural lighting systems to be Cradle to Cradle™ certified. Gerding Edlen Development led the first LEED-Platinum certified renovation of a building on the National Register of Historic Places. McGough Construction built the first office building in Minnesota to be certified LEED Platinum. Flambeau River Papers will be the first pulp and paper mill in North America to go fossil fuel free by using a biofuel plant that turns wood byproducts into green diesel fuel to power the mills.

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Gerding Edlen: Harnessing union know-how to go a “deeper shade” of green

With more LEED-certified green buildings than any other private development firm in the country, there’s no question that Gerding Edlen Development is a pioneer in the green building industry. Based in Portland, OR, the company is responsible for the first LEED-Platinum certified renovation of a building on the National Register of Historic Places, and is moving beyond current standards to develop projects with zero net carbon emissions.

How do they do it? As CEO Mark Edlen will tell you, the key is the company’s strong partnership with its highly-trained, union workforce:

Union workers bring the skill set, creativity, and workplace safety the company needs to execute such complex projects: that’s why Gerding Edlen uses union labor. 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 »


Join us for the sixth annual American Rights at Work Awards Celebration

What do Matt Damon, Howard Zinn, and the American Pie movies have in common?  The answer is movie producer Chris Moore, who will be presenting at our annual American Rights at Work Awards Celebration on June 28.

Moore is a producer of Good Will Hunting, the American Pie movies, and The People Speak – a film inspired by the work of historian Howard Zinn.  The People Speak features stars like Damon, Danny Glover, and Kerry Washington performing the letters, diaries and speeches of everyday Americans, giving voice to those who spoke up for change throughout U.S. history. Moore will present a special tribute to Zinn, whose work brought to light the extraordinary power of ordinary people in creating social change.

Buy your tickets now for our annual event, where we celebrate the recipients of the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award who, like her, champion workers’ rights as human rights. Emcee Jim Hightower—former Texas Agriculture Commissioner and nationally-renowned commentator, writer, speaker, and author—will keep us on our toes as we honor founding American Rights at Work Board member Beth Shulman (In Memoriam), and green real estate developer Gerding Edlen Development, Inc.

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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.