The Climate Jobs Committee works at the intersections of the labor and climate justice movements. Climate Jobs has been integral to passing the Portland Clean Energy Fund, upholding high-road Labor standards in Climate and COVID-related emergency declarations, as well as expanding the coalition to create stronger heat and smoke standards to protect frontline workers from climate extremes.
Climate Jobs has continued to advocate for and champion the Portland Clean Energy Fund, tracking City Council’s revision of the program regarding apprenticeship wages vs trainee wages. Climate Jobs is also exploring PCEF planning grants with union partners in order to connect low-income members to weatherization and energy retrofits.
Climate Jobs is dedicated to robust climate action and has continued to mobilize with youth climate strikers and allied organizations to demand the City uphold it’s commitment to phase out fossil fuel use and expansion, and to call for climate-safe investments in Oregon. Laurie King spoke at the first of several community forums about the threat of Zenith’s oil trains operating in an earthquake liquefaction zone. Climate Jobs has supported the Stop Zenith Coalition’s subsequent forums and actions, including the recent City hall testimony and action to protest the City of Portland’s renewal of a Land Use Compatibiity Statement (LUCS.) Activists have called for the Bureau of Development Services to rescind the Zenith LUCS permit, as it was granted without any public comment, and after years of engagement from concerned community members.
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