Justin Brandt was sailing through his apprenticeship with Sheet Metal Workers Local 10. Having completed the union’s introductory classes, he was well on his way to logging the 8,000 hours of on-the-job training needed to secure his journeyman’s card.
Labor leaders in New Orleans say the oil spill will be worse for workers in this region than Hurricane Katrina was almost five years ago and that the major media, both locally and nationally, are actually downplaying its significance.
Continuing their campaign theme of “Good jobs are green jobs,” some 3,000 unionists and environmentalists descended on Washington the first week of May to strategize about and lobby for massive climate control and environmental and energy development legislation.
Thousands of union members in Minnesota go to work every day in the clean energy economy, but their work is not always visible. The Blue Green Alliance puts a face on Minnesota’s green jobs through a photography exhibit Tuesday, April 20, at the State Capitol rotunda in St. Paul.
People who work in downtown office buildings don’t want to be exposed to toxic chemicals and support janitors who want to adopt “green” cleaning techniques, the leader of a major Minnesota environmental organization said Wednesday.
Twin Cities building owners could save up to $10 million a year – and benefit workers and the environment – by switching to daytime cleaning, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Blue Green Alliance and SEIU Local 26.
The Blue Green Alliance of Minnesota is hoping a vibrant photo exhibit on display in Minneapolis will help boost awareness of the state’s capacity to grow good-paying jobs in the emerging green economy.