212183 Green thoughts for a blue economy

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 5:10 PM

Robert Baugh , AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council, Executive Director, Washington, DC
The U.S. economy is facing both a climate and an economic crisis. This presentation will present options for how global warming and the economic crisis give us an opportunity to change direction. The US stands at the crossroads of opportunity for domestic investments in innovation, new technology and energy efficiency. To accomplish this, we need a strategic approach centered on domestic investment in new technologies and good jobs.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the nature of the economic crisis Describe the nature of the climate crisis; Describe a trade union perspective of the domestic and international union approaches to green jobs creation; Evaluate the major environmental policy elements embedded in U.S. climate legislation that retain and create good jobs. Evaluate the major economic policy elements embedded in U.S. climate legislation that retain and create good jobs

Keywords: Climate Change, Labor

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: In January 2003 Bob Baugh was appointed Executive Director of the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council. The Council, comprised of the nationís leading industrial unions and chaired by AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka, is the coordinating body for the federationís manufacturing policy and legislatitive initiatives. Bob is also the co-chair of the AFL-CIO Energy Task Force and served as the leader of the U.S. labor delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference negotiations in Bali/2008 and Poznan/2009. He regularily testifies before Congress, is a spokespeson with the media and writes about manufacturing, trade, globalization, energy and the economy. Bob has a rich history of union, community and government activism: union organizer, economist/educator International Woodworkers of America, Secretary-Treasurer of the Oregon AFL-CIO, Deputy Director - Oregon Economic Development Department, and Deputy Director Ė AFL-CIO Working for America Institute. He holds a bachelorís degree from the University of Detroit and a masterís degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from the University of Oregon . Workplace and Economic Development publications include: Changing Work: A Union Guide to Workplace Change, Economic Development: A Guide to the High Road, The High Roads Partnerships Report Manufacturing and Climate Change publications include: Is Deindustrialization Inevitable, Jobs and Energy for the 21st Century, The Bali Blogs, Greening the Economy: A Climate Change and Jobs Strategy That Works for All, The Poznan Blogs.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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