Photo credits to Texas AFL-CIO and New York IBEW Local 3
Dear friends,
Happy New Year! At Climate Jobs National Resource Center (CJNRC), we’ve already hit the ground running, guided by our conviction that 2022 is the year the climate jobs movement grows bigger than ever.
Before we dive into our plans for this year, let’s take a moment to celebrate some of last year’s wins, accomplishments, and milestones:
  • Our network grew to include labor-led coalitions in Connecticut, Illinois, New York, Rhode Island, and Texas.

  • We produced a short video featuring workers and labor leaders across the country.

  • In collaboration with our partners at Cornell University’s Worker Institute, we trained hundreds of union members on the science of climate change and the renewable energy economy. 

  • Unions broke new ground with a spate of state legislative victories that have raised the bar for worker-centered climate policy across the country. In April, Climate Jobs New York built on historic climate legislation passed in 2019 and successfully enshrined labor and equity standards into state law that will make sure jobs created by state climate investments will be good union jobs.

  • In Rhode Island, the Climate Jobs Rhode Island coalition was instrumental in passing the 2021 Act on Climate bill, which mandates a statewide net-zero by 2050 goal and includes legally-binding provisions to support investment and jobs training in environmental justice communities.

  • The Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs won landmark labor and equity standards that will make union clean energy job training more widely available to workers in under-resourced communities.

  • In Maine, the labor movement won legislation requiring project labor agreements on offshore wind installations, ensuring that the nascent offshore wind industry creates family-sustaining union jobs and laying the foundation for future climate jobs efforts.

  • The Climate Jobs Illinois coalition helped pass a pro-worker, pro-climate energy bill with the strongest labor and equity standards in the country. The legislation sets hard deadlines for reducing the state’s emissions, and also establishes ironclad labor and equity standards that will fuel a new generation of union careers in communities that need them most.

  • The Texas Climate Jobs Project, our coalition in Texas, launched in July with widespread support from Texas unions.

  • Labor leaders and union members from Climate Jobs New York met with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to outline their vision for a worker-led energy transition, solidifying the importance of our movement in the future of climate and renewable energy policy.

  • We gathered prominent policymakers, activists, workers, academics, and labor leaders from across the movement at our second annual Climate Jobs Summit, where participants and panelists engaged in a day of rigorous debate and discussion about building the movement for climate jobs.

  • In December, Climate Jobs Rhode Island became the latest coalition to launch a school decarbonization campaign, calling on Rhode Island to decarbonize all public school buildings by 2030 to create good jobs, advance racial equity, and build climate-safe schools. The coalition already has won support from state senate leaders.
We have so much more planned for 2022!

We’re now active in 14 states, working with dozens of unions to build momentum behind our vision for a worker-led energy transition. 

As the fate of deeper federal action on climate remains uncertain, labor’s efforts to organize for ambitious climate investment in cities and states have taken on a new level of urgency. As we look ahead to the next 12 months we remain unwavering in our resolve to build labor’s power, from the ground up, to lead us out of climate collapse and staggering racial and economic inequality. It’s the challenge and opportunity of our lifetime, and we plan to rise to the occasion together.

We hope you’ll continue to follow and support our work. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date on our work.

In solidarity,
Mike Fishman
President and Executive Director
Climate Jobs National Resource Center