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Pandemic, hurricanes, wildfires: Why we need worker-centered climate policy

This Climate Week, we need to turn the tide on an economy that puts profit over people and the planet. To make that happen, we must make sure that every single public dollar invested in the economy aids in the creation of millions of good, union jobs and in the building of climate-safe communities.

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The New Republic, September 2, 2020
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Elon Musk thinks his treatment of workers is a “trade secret”

Kate Aronoff on why our wonky California legislative fight is a test of whether green jobs will be good jobs, too.

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Green Transit, Green Jobs

This legislative package would electrify New York's public bus systems and create good, clean jobs.

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August 26, 2020
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Legislators and advocates announce push for ‘Green Transit/Green Jobs’ legislation in New York State

A pair of bills from Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and State Senator Timothy Kennedy would mandate public bus systems convert to zero-emission buses and would incentivize electric buses to be manufactured in New York’s high-need communities.

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A real recovery means standing up to corporate fraud

Right now, we have no real guarantee that our public investments will actually create the most public good for workers and communities.

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Superior Court judge allows False Claims Act case against largest bus manufacturer in North America to proceed

“Today, we sent a message to all corporations that we will not stand by and allow them to benefit from lucrative public contracts and not follow through with their commitments to good jobs. New Flyer has defrauded the taxpayers of California, and JMA will hold them accountable for that.”

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New Flyer, major bus supplier for MTA, under scrutiny for labor practices

New Flyer, a major bus supplier for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, is facing complaints of discrimination at its factory in Alabama and accusations it's trying to "launder" its image through a New York-based associate.

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Take action: Demand public accountability in California

California needs to pass SB749 to hold companies accountable to their promises on job creation — and get the most out of the state's economic recovery.

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Governing, July 13, 2020
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The route to infrastructure that benefits communities

States and localities will need the full range of tools to recover economically. That calls for federal policies that tap infrastructure-building’s power to boost local jobs and small-business growth, writes national program director Christy Veeder.

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Reopening the economy makes us martyrs to economic growth

If our leaders valued human life in the same way they value corporate growth, we would have been able to control losses from the pandemic and survive lockdown.