This committee meets the first Monday of each month, other than June and July. New members welcomed.
Committee Members: Steve Holmes, Mike Parkinson, Tina Stevens.
Committee Members: Steve Holmes, Mike Parkinson, Tina Stevens.
Good Green Jobs Conference: April 21, 2012
Jobs in the Used Resources Economy
Presentation to Green Jobs Conference
April 21, 2012
by John Jackson
Good Green Jobs Conference 2012
Plenary Session, Next Steps
1. Tour this conference
Other Labour Councils
Educational facilities (students readily available)
2. Political intervention is needed so employers provide a “Just Transition” for workers to transition them into green jobs.
3. Recognize the marketable skills of all including union activists.
4. Opportunity recognition - bring together employers and the unemployed.
5. Round Table – Beverly Thorpe, John Jackson and Jay Stanford (City of London,
Environmental & Engineering Services Department).
Public control of the monetary
7. Shift in Power and Politics.
8. Windsor a model for Green Job creation.
9. London and District Labour Council proposal to City of London regarding $100,000 –Internship for the Environment.
Committee:Bernie Koenig, Ron Challis, George ?,
Diane Szoller, Andrea ?, Ed B?
Bill Thompson, Blue Green
Local Action to Build the Green Economy (Workshop D)
Breakout Session (1 and 2)
Power Point Presentations
Good Green Jobs Conference 2012
What is a Good Green Job Anyway?
By Angelo DiCaro and Ken Bondy
Morning and Afternoon Workshop
Workshop presenters, Angelo DiCaro and Ken Bondy asked participants
to think critically about good green jobs by analyzing jobs named as “good
green jobs” through a working class lens.
To bring the point
home, the presenters put participants through an activity where we looked at
three jobs and we outlined the good and bad of each. Below are the three jobs
with descriptions of their tasks.
A recycler helps recover materials for reuse or recycle.
They usually work
in a large open facility where trucks dump the recyclables that have been
collected from residential or
Lift trucks then dump
the recyclables onto large conveyers and workers wearing gloves work in teams
to sort plastics, metals, paper, glass, etc by hand and throw items into large
A recycler is expected to work quickly and possibly
under conditions of hot and cold.
There are no minimum educational
requirements and pay is usually minimum
Software Developer: Green software
developers are programmers
who implement energy and resource saving
techniques into computer
Fast-running software programs
use less computer hardware and power resources. Other green practices you may
include creating software programs that help reduce waste, such
as the overuse of paper documents.
To become a software developer, you need
a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems or software engineering.
Software developers earn $50,000 to $80,000 per
Carpenter: In the green technology
industry, carpentry is an important job. You are responsible for building the
framing, baseboards, moldings or roofing on buildings or houses.
expected to work quickly and efficiently in all areas of construction projects
and work well with other building trades. This may require working on ladders,
scaffolds and other heights. You will use a variety of hand and power tools
including hammers, saws, drills and screw drivers.
You may be required to
work outside in a variety of weather conditions from extreme heat to extreme
cold. Carpenter journeypersons earn $40,000 to $65,000 per year and are likely
to be a member of a trade union.
Below is what
participants saw as the good and bad of each of the 3 jobs.
The majority of our
group decided that the carpenter job was the most green
as the materials used
could be green, good environmental buildings could be constructed and it would
most likely be a unionized job with good pay.
The discussion among participants turned to what makes a good, green job. The power point presentation detailed Trends in Precarious Work showing the growing trend in
part time and contract work affecting primarily Immigrants, women and youth and
The Canadian Auto Workers did a tracking study of 3 work places that have closed and the study shows that only 25 per cent of those workers found a job and only a
quarter of those found full time jobs.
“We are at a crossroads of challenges,” the facilitators said.
The final workshop exercise was to imagine where London would be in 10 years. Each participant put their thoughts down on a sticky. They included:
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United Water’s Service Failures Indicative of Problems Suffered Under Privatized Utilities
Washington, D.C.—Billing problems, poor system maintenance, repair delays, workforce reductions and other cost-cutting measures are just some of the many problems plaguing United Water, reveals a new report released today by the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch. Entitled United Water: Suez Environnement’s Poor Record in the United States , the report details how this subsidiary of the French corporation Suez Environnement, and the second-largest private operator of municipal water systems in the U.S. , compromises consumer and environmental safety at the expense of profits.
“The many problems experienced by communities that have suffered under United Water’s so-called ‘service’ illustrate why the movement to stop the privatization of water is gaining momentum,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. “While private water companies such as United Water often promise to improve the quality of aging, underfunded water systems, most communities find that their water service actually deteriorates under private control.”
By taking over smaller municipal water systems, United Water has grown into the second-largest private provider of drinking and wastewater services in the U.S. As of 2009, the company served 7.2 million customers in 26 states.
Yet expansion has come at a cost. Several municipalities, such as Atlanta , Ga. ; Milwaukee , Wis. ; Gary , Ind. ; and Gloucester , Mass. ended contracts with the company after suffering from maintenance backlogs, sewage spills, contaminated drinking water, workforce reductions and infrastructure problems.
Privatized water systems often end up costing municipalities extra money in the form of fines for water quality violations and water loss, among other problems. Gary , Ind. , which terminated its contract with United Water earlier this year, expects to save $8 million a year under public operation of its water system.
Ratepayers have also suffered financially under United Water’s service. North Brunswick , N.J. , cancelled its water contract with United Water in 2002, after customers there saw their bills increase by 100 to 200 percent.
“Reliable public operation of water systems is the best way to ensure the integrity of these essential services. With many communities lacking funds to upgrade and maintain their water systems, the federal government should implement a dedicated source of funding so that all Americans can have access to safe, reliable, affordable drinking and wastewater services,” said Hauter.
United Water: Suez Environnement’s Poor Record in the United States is available here: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/report/united-water/
Contact: Kate Fried, Food & Water Watch: (202) 683-2500, kfried(at)fwwatch(dot)org