Posts Tagged ‘Good Jobs’

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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Here’s a bright idea: Keep profit-making jobs in America

The union workers who make Philips lighting fixtures in Sparta, Tennessee, have been doing things right for over 40 years. In fact, their plant was named one of North America’s 10 best by Industry Week Magazine in 2009—and even won Philips’ own “lean” manufacturing award last fall.

But now Philips Global CEO Gerard Kleisterlee wants to send those good, American jobs to Mexico—leaving 275 workers jobless and an entire community devastated. Read more »

 

Green jobs must be good jobs

There’s a lot of hype about “going green.” But we must ensure that as we pursue alternative energy and sustainability we are protecting our greatest resource: America’s workers.

This year’s Good Jobs Green Jobs National Conference explored ways to incorporate workers’ rights into green initiatives. At the conference, American Rights at Work hosted two panels, highlighting employee protection within the agriculture and construction industries.

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Tell Congress: It’s time for solutions, not scapegoats

In last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama asserted that the United States “measures progress by the successes of its people. By the jobs they can find and quality of life those jobs offer.” If that’s the case, it’s time to stop the attack on public employees now.

Anti-worker politicians across the country are scrambling to find someone to bear the brunt of massive federal budget cuts and the growing deficit. And they’ve settled on middle-class workers—threatening to cut jobs and nix government benefits many workers and their families depend on. Read more »

 

Time for business schools to get down to business on workers’ rights

Kara Kahley is American Rights at Work’s Socially Responsible Business Intern.

It has been said that “Doing well by doing good” is the new M.O. of the business world.  Companies are realizing that there’s more to business than profit, and management education is beginning to reflect that perspective.

Traditionally, management education has focused primarily on creating shareholder value, but this too is changing. Social responsibility was once a trendy offering only at certain schools, but it is now becoming mainstream.  The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premiere accrediting body for management education, has begun to push for more emphasis on ethics and sustainability in its schools’ programs.  Additionally, the presence of Net Impact, a student organization for corporate social responsibility, is rapidly expanding. Read more »

 

2010: A year-end roundup

The American Rights at Work blog team is about to close up shop for the holidays. But before we do, here’s a roundup of some of our favorite posts from 2010, from most to least recent. Happy Holidays! Read more »

 

Going, going…GREEN!

Kara Kahley is American Rights at Work’s Fall 2010 Socially Responsible Business Intern

No one can deny the environmentally-conscious trend taking hold in the U.S. In addition to the catchy ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ rallying cry, our national vocabulary now includes words like ‘all-natural,’ ‘sustainable,’ and ‘eco-friendly.’ It’s safe to say that for most Americans, green stands for something more than a color.

And for the past half decade or so, not only has our language has gone green, our culture has too. Kermit the Frog is selling hybrid cars, reusable bags have made themselves a fashion category (I never leave home without my canvas “Recycling Rockstar” tote), and we can even make our own green “go green” through responsible investing options.

The opportunity for creating new jobs as a result of this sustaining (pun totally intended) trend is enormous. With unemployment still lingering near ten percent, that’s a really important piece of the puzzle. Luckily, green-collar jobs are gaining ground and are now officially recognized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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You say tomato, I say awesome. Sign our Thank You card!

Eurofresh logoIn this year’s Labor Day List, American Rights at Work highlighted the amazing labor-management collaboration at Eurofresh, an Arizona company that produces some of the nation’s tastiest tomatoes.

Eurofresh grows their produce in greenhouses, which keeps workers from having to toil in the hot sun. And their vegetables are pesticide-free, so workers and consumers are safe from toxic chemicals. Even better, Eurofresh managers actually respect the workers’ rights, health, and their union!

“Thanks to our employees and the union we have a good quality product that is safe,” said Robert Pulido, vice president for human resources at Eurofresh. “It’s a group effort.”

So why not take a second today to thank Eurofresh and its workers for providing good, green jobs and making consumer safety a priority?  Sign our Thank You card here! We’ll deliver your comments to the company’s management and its union.

 

We Are One Nation

They say you never feel more American than when you’re on the National Mall. And they’re right. This past Saturday, American Rights at Work joined teachers from California, janitors from Michigan, and doctors from Florida on the Mall at the One Nation Rally.

Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial amongst the tens of thousands who traveled to DC for the rally, we heard America’s call for jobs, justice, and education loud and clear. Read more »

 

McGough Construction: An unshakable foundation in workers’ rights and sustainability

A recognized leader in sustainable construction and labor-management relations, McGough Construction is the company behind some of the most iconic structures gracing the Twin Cities skyline.

In addition to original projects like the LEED-Platinum-certified headquarters of Great River Energy, the company specializes in ‘greening’ existing buildings—providing resources and maximizing efficiency for clients who want to improve sustainability or pursue green building certifications.

And the company’s dedication to sustainability goes beyond green buildings. Read more »