United Association Resolution Supporting the Designation of the Bears Ears National Monument

Bears Ears formation in Utah. Photo from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/brewbooks/5422149370

Bears Ears formation in Utah. Photo from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/brewbooks/5422149370

Recognizing the historic and ongoing cultural ties to the lands, animals, plants, and resources of San Juan County, Utah by Native American People, the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA)—as well as UA Locals 140, 669, and 798—passed a resolution in support of designating the Bears Ears region of Utah a National Monument.

“Bears Ears and the surrounding 1.9 million acres of public land hold a rich history of the Native American tribes whose livelihoods, identities, and cultural practices are connected to these beautiful and currently unprotected lands. Our union has many Native American members who call this land their spiritual home,” said William P. Hite, General President of the United Association. “We believe that these lands should receive permanent protection under the Antiquities Act of 1906, and are proud to support the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition in the preservation and protection of these ecologically and culturally significant lands.”

Five Priorities for the State of the Union

The State of the Union speech is a chance to hit the reset button on America’s priorities for the next year. Starting off the year right means we are all looking for new solutions to the challenges and opportunities that have been presented to us.

As the president said in last year’s State of the Union speech, “There are millions of Americans outside Washington who are tired of stale political arguments and are moving this country forward.”

The BlueGreen Alliance has outlined five priorities for 2015.

Repair America Panel Discussion in Grand Rapids, MI

As an advisor on President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, Mayor George Heartwell is already helping to lead the way on how communities prepare for climate change. Come join this discussion about spurring growth in clean energy and energy efficiency, upgrading our infrastructure to be
prepared for climate impacts, and the need to reduce carbon pollution that is driving our climate to change.

Featured Speaker Susan Hedman, EPA Region 5 Administrator

Panel discussion to follow:
• Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell
• D. Michael Langford, National President, Utility Workers Union of America
• Anne Woiwode, Michigan Chapter Director, Sierra Club
• Mike Williams, Vice President for Development and Corporate Initiatives, BlueGreen Alliance

Wednesday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Grand Valley State University
Old Bicycle Factory, 2nd Floor
201 Front Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI
Event parking is available in the Watson parking lot

The BlueGreen Alliance, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and Fuel Efficiency Standards

Strong cars standard is critical to reducing pollution, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and to creating good jobs in the auto industry.

The BlueGreen Alliance hosted a conference call with supporters of proposed fuel efficiency standards, featuring White House Council on Environmental Quality Deputy Director Gary Guzy.

The call discussed the importance of the 54.5mpg cleaner car standard and thanked our members for their efforts to support this job-creating measure. 

Cleaner Cars Create Good Jobs, Reduce Pollution

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 24, 2012) A public hearing held today in San Francisco spotlighted the Obama administration’s proposal to raise new car fuel efficiency to 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025. A group of national, state and local labor, environmental and business leaders gathered during the event to hold a press conference that highlighted the benefits of cleaner, more efficient cars to our environment and economy.

“Here in California, we’ve paved the way for cleaner cars for nearly a decade,” said Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director. “Thanks to our state’s pioneering efforts and President Obama’s leadership, these new national standards will save American families thousands of dollars at the gas pump, create nearly half a million new jobs, slash our oil consumption by 1.5 million barrels per day, and help America tackle climate disruption.”

“Nearly 40% of San Francisco’s greenhouse gas emissions come from cars and trucks.  While our city is making great progress improving transit options, increasing bio-diesel use and building electric vehicle infrastructure, gasoline consumption remains a major source of pollution. Improving fuel economy standards is a powerful and necessary step for cleaning the air, fighting climate change and loosening the choke hold that petroleum has on our nation’s economy,” says Melanie Nutter, Director of San Francisco’s Department of Environment.

Improving vehicle fuel efficiency is a cleaner, cheaper, and faster way to meet our nation’s energy needs, and has the potential to create tens of thousands of American manufacturing jobs. Rather than sending our money overseas on imported oil, the group said, we can cut global warming pollution and enhance our energy security building the next generation of clean vehicles here in America.

“Cleaner cars mean less pollution in our air, more good jobs for workers in California and throughout the U.S. and more of our money staying here at home, instead of heading overseas to buy oil,” said Tim Paulson from the San Francisco Labor Council.

“Californians face an extreme air quality burden and rely on strong clean air standards to protect the public’s health,” said Jane Warner, President and CEO for the American Lung Association in California. “We applaud these historic advanced clean car standards and urge rapid adoption by the federal government to reduce harmful emissions from our motor vehicle fleet.”

A joint report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the United Auto Workers and the Center for American Progress said the current clean car standards would create up to 54,000 American jobs, in both the auto industry and the manufacturing supply chaint hrough 2016. By 2020, getting to 40 miles per gallon could create up to 150,000 additional manufacturing jobs here in America.

Melina Hristova from Boardwalk Auto Center inRedwood City — a dealership that sells fuel-efficient vehicles — spoke about the benefits clean cars have brought to the business. “Our dealership has benefitted tremendously from the huge demand for electric and fuel efficient vehicles in recent years. Fuel efficiency has proved to be very good for business,” said Hristova. “These new fuel economy standards will help to drive innovation in the auto industry and ensure that dealerships have the fuel efficient vehicles to match the overwhelming consumer demand.”

“Thirteen automakers and the United Auto Workers stood together when these standards were announced,” said Lisa Hoyos, California Director for the BlueGreen Alliance. “This proposed standard shows that great things can be accomplished by people working together to create policies that are good for our environment, our economy and our wallets.”

“My decision to purchase an electric car was driven by a variety of reasons, but the simplest reason was this: The cost of filling up with gas is just too much. I’m not just writing about the price we’re paying at the pump; I am also referring to the cost to our future generations, our national security, and our economy,” said Tim Goodrich from the Truman National Security Project. “As a veteran, I have seen the toll these costs take and I am doing what I can tostop contributing to the problem.”

The San Francisco hearing was the last of three hearings held by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — with the previous two held in Detroit and Philadelphia — on the proposed standards.

Michigan, Wisconsin Women of Steel Support Environmental Protections

The Michigan and Wisconsin Women of Steel recently passed resolutions supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to limit greenhouse gas emissions, saying that such limits will help create good jobs, safeguard communities and make America more competitive in the global economy. In addition, the organization endorsed essential complementary policies to further advance job creation in the clean economy.

BlueGreen Alliance Joins Coalition to Support Electric Vehicles

The BlueGreen Alliance joined with 180 businesses, municipalities, and public interest groups from across the nation to support a strong national electric vehicle advancement program that will increase American jobs, decrease pollution, and reduce our dependence on oil. Read the press release.

BlueGreen Alliance @ Netroots Nation: Osram Sylvania Halogen Super Savers

The BlueGreen Alliance is at Netroots Nation this year asking people to sign on to our campaign for good jobs in the 21st century. And we are giving out OSRAM Sylvania Super Savers, made in the U.S.A, made by union members, and demonstrating the good jobs in the industries of the 21st century.

Made in the U.S.A by union workers, the OSRAM Halogen Super Savers are a prime example of what it means to transition to a cleaner, more efficient 21st century economy. When the U.S. enacted energy legislation in 2007 that initiated the phase out of incandescent light bulbs, OSARAM Sylvania went to work developing a new, more efficient, more sustainable bulb that bridges the gap between the old incandescent bulbs and newer, more efficient CFLs.

With Halogen Super Savers, consumers can buy an American made light bulb that provides energy savings of 30 percent, meeting guidelines set forth in the 2007 law, at a reasonable price. These bulbs are free of mercury, are “instant on” and dimmable with high light quality, and come in smaller, sustainable sizes in a familiar shape.

What’s more is that the bulbs, which are entirely made in the U.S.A, are made by union members who benefited from the companies ingenuity and commitment to keeping good manufacturing jobs here in America.

About 150 United Steelworkers (USW) produce the bulb envelope in the Wellsboro, Pennsylvania plant, while the workers at the St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania plant assemble the bulbs and are members of the IUE-CWA, the Industrial Division of the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

We know that the jobs of tomorrow will be created in the industries that make our economy more sustainable and more efficient, and many people already work in jobs and industries that are paving a path forward to maintain the jobs of today and to create the jobs of the future. Whether producing energy-efficient light bulbs in Pennsylvania or cleaning buildings with greener, cleaner products, we are making our economy stronger, more competitive and ready to lead the 21st century global economy.

Hundreds Head to Capitol Hill to Advance a Healthy and Prosperous Future

After House Republicans Propose Steep Cuts in Critical Clean Energy Programs, Union Members & Environmentalists Urge Lawmakers to “Win the Future” by Creating Clean Energy Jobs, Building a 21st Century Transportation Infrastructure and Protecting Health and Safety of Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 10, 2011) Two weeks after President Obama called on Americans to win the jobs and industries of the future, and a day after House Republicans proposed steep cuts in critical renewable energy, efficiency, and transit programs, hundreds of union members and environmentalists headed to Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to invest in a healthy and prosperous future by creating clean energy jobs, building a 21st century transportation infrastructure and protecting the health and safety of workers across the country.

Organized by over two dozen labor unions, environmental organizations and trade associations, the effort was a conclusion to events surrounding the 2011 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference, which was hosted by the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation and drew 2,500 people to share ideas and strategies for building a green economy that creates good jobs and preserves America’s economic and environmental security.

“Americans are ready to get back to work and to heed the President’s call to win the jobs of the future,” said David Foster, Executive Director of the BlueGreen Alliance. “And now, Congress must get moving on critical policies that build a healthy and prosperous America.”

Green jobs advocates urged lawmakers to create clean energy jobs through innovative financing for clean energy, igniting manufacturing and deployment, making homes, businesses and industries more efficient and ensuring a skilled, 21st century workforce. They also urged the development of a 21st century transportation infrastructure with passage of a comprehensive transportation reauthorization bill, empowering ports to create good green jobs, and ensuring American leadership in the next generation of vehicles. Finally, the group urged representatives to protect the health and safety of workers by opposing roll-backs of the Clean Air Act, reforming our laws on toxics, and updating U.S. health and safety laws.

“The thousands of people at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference were representing millions more that are willing to answer President Obama’s call to out-build, out-educate, and out-innovate to win the future,” continued Foster. “The American people have the will to win; it is now up to Congress to move our country forward with smart, strategic policies and investment that will put people back to work and ensure our economic and environmental security.”



Schedule of Events: BlueGreen Alliance at COP 16

During the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, the BlueGreen Alliance will hold a labor-environmental reception on December 5 and a side event on our unique “blue-green” partnership at the World of Work (WoW) Pavilion on December 7.

Sunday, December 5, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

BlueGreen Alliance Labor-Environment Reception

La Perla Restaurant, The Gran Melia Hotel, Boulevard Kukulcan, Km 16.5, 77500, Cancun, Mexico

Join us for the annual labor-environment reception at COP 16 in Cancun. This event will bring together leaders from around the world to discuss how the labor and environmental movements can create good jobs, a clean environment and a green economy.

Tuesday, December 7 at 9:00 a.m.

Side Event: The Blue-Green Approach to an International Climate Agreement and U.S. Action on Climate Change and Clean Energy Jobs
WoW Pavilion, Universidad del Sur, Súper manzana 24, Manzana 15, Lote 10, Av. Uxmal, Cancún

The BlueGreen Alliance unites 13 million people through an innovative and strategic partnership between nine major U.S. labor unions and four of America’s most influential environmental groups. This partnership amplifies the voices of union members and environmentalists and promotes the shared agenda of an American clean energy economy. By working to ensure that measures to mitigate climate change in the United States benefit workers, the BlueGreen Alliance garners domestic political support for climate change policies, which in turn, benefits international efforts and commitments.

Merging labor and environmental interests allows the BlueGreen Alliance to take a unique role in framing all aspects of climate negotiations, including: measurement, reporting and verification; finance; technology; REDD; and capacity building.

Join us at the WoW Pavilion to hear more about this unique collaboration and to discuss the current state of efforts in the U.S. to address climate change and in international negotiations.

Speakers include:

  • Gerry Hudson, International Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • Jake Schmidt, International Climate Policy Director, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Stewart Acuff, Chief of Staff, Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA)
  • Joe Mendelson, Director, Global Warming Policy, National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
  • Andrea Delgado, Senior Policy Analyst, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
  • Ted Green, Special Assistant to the President, Laborers’ Intl. Union of North America (LIUNA)
  • Yvette Pena Lopes, Director of Leg. and Intergovernmental Affairs, BlueGreen Alliance

Download the attached flyer for more information.

Seven Simple Steps: The Best Job-Creating Policies for What Remains of the 111th Congress

The BlueGreen Alliance released “Seven Simple Steps: The Best Job-Creating Policies for What Remains of the 11th Congress,” the labor-environmental partnership’s clean energy jobs agenda for the rest of the year.

The BlueGreen Alliance urged the 111th Congress to move forward — and not allow the previous gridlock to prevent progress — on seven well-known and widely supported policies that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and a cleaner, safer, energy-independent economy.


Latino Leaders Urge Californians to Vote No on Proposition 23

LOS ANGELES, CA – On Thursday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m. PDT, Latino leaders will hold a press tele-conference call to urge opposition to California’s Proposition 23 – the effort to repeal the state’s landmark clean energy jobs and clean air legislation.
Service Employees International Union Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina will join Hispanic Federation President Lillian Rodríguez López, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement Executive Director Hector E. Sanchez, Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 Business Representative Willie Solis and BlueGreen Alliance Director of Legislation and Intergovernmental Affairs Yvette Pena Lopes to discuss the economic and public health benefits of California’s clean air and clean energy law to Latinos in California. The call, which will be conducted in both Spanish and English, is hosted by the BlueGreen Alliance – a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations working to create good clean energy jobs across the country.

WHAT:       Press Conference Call with Latino Leaders to Urge “No on Prop 23”

WHEN:      Thursday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m. PDT

CALL-IN:    (866) 725-4548

Eliseo Medina, International Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Lillian Rodriguez-Lopez, President of the Hispanic Federation; Vice Chair of the National Latino Coalition on Climate Change (NLCCC)
Hector E. Sanchez, Executive Director, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement; Vice-Chair of the National Latino Coalition on Climate Change
Willie Solis, Business Representative, Sheet Metal Workers Local 104, Santa Clara County
Yvette Pena Lopes, Director of Legislation and Intergovernmental Affairs for the BlueGreen Alliance


The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of American clean energy jobs. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together nine major U.S. labor unions and four of America’s most influential environmental organizations and unites 13 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a green economy. Visit www.bluegreenalliance.org.

Paid for by the BlueGreen Alliance Committee Against Proposition 23 Supported by Labor Unions and Environmentalists