BlueGreen Alliance launches Jobs21! Campaign

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The BlueGreen Alliance just announced the launch of a campaign aimed at creating good, Minnesota jobs in the 21st century economy. Jobs21! — a nine-state grassroots campaign aimed at increasing America’s competitiveness to win the jobs and industries of the future — will be spearheaded by former Minnesota State Senate Assistant Majority Leader Tarryl Clark.

“We’re in a fight for America’s future and we can win it by creating an economy that works for all us,” said Clark, “We need to focus on making Minnesota and America competitive in the 21st century economy and rebuilding and revitalizing the middle class. Jobs21! is about creating good jobs while protecting our environment for our children and our grandchildren.”

Clark, who left the legislature challenge Rep. Michele Bachmann for Congress in 2010, has worked closely with the North Star Chapter in the past, and received a 100% rating on the North Star Chapter’s legislative scorecard for environmental friendliness. In her role at the State Capitol, Clark was instrumental in passing environmental protections, including 2007’s Next Generation Energy Act, which sets strong renewable energy and efficiency goals for Minnesota, and requires utilities to offset carbon pollution of any new coal plants.

The Jobs21! nine-state campaign — launched in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and California — will bring together union members and environmentalists to promote the creation of good jobs through investments in the clean energy economy, including renewable energy, manufacturing, construction, transportation, and high-speed internet. In addition, the campaign will focus on the importance of environmental regulations to reduce emissions and create jobs and protecting the health and safety of workers and communities. Former Michigan Congressman Mark Schauer will join Clark in spearheading the effort.

“Step by step, we have to rebuild this economy and put people back to work,” said Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers, and a co-founder of the BlueGreen Alliance. “Making the strategic choice now to position the U.S. to compete in this century’s global clean energy economy is critical to creating good, middle class jobs in America.”

The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations, headquartered in Minneapolis, working to expand the number and quality of jobs in the green economy. Launched in 2006 as a partnership of the United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club, the BlueGreen Alliance now unites 10 major U.S. labor unions and four of America’s most influential environmental organizations and their 14 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a green economy.

“This campaign is about putting Americans back to work with good jobs that will also help solve our energy and environmental challenges,” said Carl Pope, Chairman of the Sierra Club and a co-founder of the BlueGreen Alliance. “Whether investing in renewable energy and efficiency, smart transportation choices, or protecting the rights of workers, we are standing together to make the U.S. number one in the clean energy economy of the future.”

To learn more about how the Sierra Club is involved in the BlueGreen Alliance, check out the informational section on their website!

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