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This report provides 10 aggressive strategies that tackles multiple industry sectors and makes Ohio more sustainable.
Jobs can be created by restoring public sector jobs, investing in infrastructure, and investment in green energy. Employmeent compensation can be created by improving the income tax credit, retaining expandd medicaid, raise the minimum wage, and promoting community benefit agreements. To protect workers' rights, the state needs to prevent wage theft, enforce labor law and preserve collective bargaining. Simultaneously, the state should offer earned paid sick days, provide parental leave and invest in job trainning.
The Apollo Alliance Green Pathway Model offers gret approach to promot the clean energy movement. A sustainability satrategy can be a job creator. However, the state has underinvested in the blue-collar skills needed for younger workers to take advantage of these jobs and hence the average age of workers is getting older. The report states that the policies and programs for environment and workforce devleopmen should be improved, providing recommendations to do just that.
By implementing a demand-driven model in mid-2010, Employment Connection, the workforce-training agency for Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, has greatly improved the services it provides to local firms and workers.
This report discusses the progress of the Utility Pre-Craft Trainee (UPCT) program since its launch in 2011. The UPCT program, jointly operated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 18, is an earn-and-learn, pre-apprenticeship training program in which entry-level trainees work full time weatherizing homes and small businesses while learning skills and preparing for civil service exams and career opportunities in the utility. Trainees receive $16 per hour plus health and retirement benefits, considerably better compensation than most entry-level workers earn for weatherization work, and are union members represented by IBEW Local 18. In addition to classroom training, trainees receive on-the-job training to install energy efficiency measures for LADWP’s Home Energy Improvement Program1 and Small Business Direct Install program,2 as well as solar installations on properties owned by LADWP. Trainees also rotate through the water, power, and support services sides of the utility to gain broad exposure and try out different types of work before selecting a career path.
This community development between Los Angeles and the redevelopers of th city's LAX airport which includes local hiring, living wage, job training, addresses civil rights concerns, air quality study, noise mitigation, and other environmental issues.
This paper offers background on the development of Los Angeles’s Utility Pre-Craft Trainee (UPCT) program, and highlights the features of the program that make it a best practice model for workforce training for entry-level workers. First, we provide an overview of the statewide and local policy landscape regarding energy and jobs that led to the development of the UPCT program. This is followed by a description of the basic structure and mechanics of the program, including the multiple partnerships that have been developed in its implementation. Next, we take a look at the benefits of the program from the perspective of stakeholders. We conclude with a discussion of the lessons learned from UPCT for other utilities or unions interested in implementing similar workforce programs.
The Construction Careers and Project Stabilization Policy, which defines a local hiring program and project labor agreement terms that would be applied to all Board-approved projects that meet certain thresholds. The key goals of the Policy are to ensure that (1) CRA/LA-created job opportunities benefit local residents, particularly those living in or adjacent to CRA/LA project areas; (2) residents with barriers to employment have access to job opportunities; and (3) new entrants to the construction field have access to training and support to advance their careers. Covered Projects would include Public Improvement contracts of $500,000 or more; construction projects on CRA/LA-owned land; and development projects in which the CRA/LA has invested $1,000,000 or more. Covered Development Projects with fewer than 75 units of housing and less than 50,000 square feet of nonresidential floor area would be exempted. The local hiring program will require that developers and contractors take specific enumerated steps to ensure that 30% of all project work hours and 50% of apprentice work hours go to Community Area Residents and Local Residents (defined in the Policy), and 10% of all construction work hours go to Local Low-Income Residents (defined in the Policy). The 10% and 50% may be applied towards the 30% requirement.
The policies that specifically target the advancement of clean energy manufacturing are scarce. The BlueGreen Alliance recommends Ohio to focus on bolstering clean energy policies with programs exclusive to clean energy manufacturing. Simultaneously, It recommends expansion of tax incentives to ensure appropriate use of funds.