A quarter of American workers are now gig workers. In NYC half of Uber drivers are supporting families with children, 40% are on Medicaid

The gig is up: America’s booming economy is built on hollow promises Robert Reich Contract workers prop up big earners but under Trump’s anti-labor administration are ruthlessly exploited themselves Sun 2 Jun 2019, The Guardian  Uber just filed its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. Although it lost $1bn, investors may still do well because the losses appear to …

Much shorter working weeks needed to tackle climate crisis – study

UK workers must move to nine-hour week if carbon levels do not change, says thinktank, by Matthew Taylor in The Guardian, Wed 22 May 2019  Commuters on Waterloo Bridge during Extinction Rebellion climate protests in London. Shorter working hours are needed across Europe, the study found. Photograph: Amer Ghazzal/Rex/Shutterstock People across Europe will need to work drastically fewer hours to avoid disastrous climate heating unless …

Progress in Mid-Level Positions, but US Solar Industry’s Top Jobs Remain Dominated by White Men

Senior executives at U.S. solar companies are 80 percent male and nearly 90 percent white, according to a new analysis of the industry from nonprofit advocate the Solar Foundation and the industry’s top trade group, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).  As the solar industry grows, those it employs remain unrepresentative of the U.S. at large, particularly at the upper levels, according to a 2019 …

A Bottom-Line Case for the Green New Deal: The Jobs Pay More

Electricians install solar panels on a roof for Arizona Public Service company in Goodyear, Arizona. Matt York/AP By TANVI MISRA on City Lab APR 24, 2019  A Brookings report finds that jobs in the clean energy, efficiency, and environmental sectors offer higher salaries than the U.S. average. The much-hyped Green New Deal, which laid out the broad strokes of a U.S. transition to …

Clean Tech Jobs Lead Employment Statistics In Many US States

April 21st, 2019 by Steve Hanley in Clean Technica  Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and projections from the Projections Managing Partnership, Yahoo Finance has charted which jobs are in high demand in all 50 US states. It says solar panel installer is the fastest growing job in eight different states — California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, Missouri, Minnesota, and New …

Local Clean Energy Alliance and Energy Democracy Resources

Publications of the Local Clean Energy Alliance Community Choice Energy: Democratizing Municipal-Scale Power A paper that highlights the strategy of the Local Clean Energy Alliance for empowering communities and democratizing energy through Community Choice energy programs; February 2017 Toward a Climate Justice Energy Platform: Democratizing Our Energy Future Lays out a vision, political framework, strategies, and principles of democratized energy …

What Republicans and Billionaires Really Mean When They Talk About ‘Freedom’: Freedom to be homeless, jobless, and unable to access health care when you need it

Franklin D. Roosevelt when he proposed, in January 1944, a “second Bill of Rights” to be added to our Constitution. FDR’s proposed amendments included the right to a job, and the right to be paid enough to live comfortably; the right to “adequate food and clothing and recreation”; the right to start a business and run it without worrying about “unfair competition and domination by monopolies”; the right “of every family …

Writing the GND with marginalized voices

By Aaron Ross Coleman, The Nation, March 14, 2019 Reparations have long seemed a politically impossible dream, but the climate crisis may be changing that. As the planet’s weather has shifted radically in recent years, so has the conversation about paying compensation to black America for centuries of economic injustice. Back in 2003, Chappelle’s Show was lampooning the idea of reparations with a skit …

Money Talks: US Clean Energy Jobs Outnumber Fossil Fuel Jobs 3-to-1

E2 has all the clean energy job numbers in a new report titled 2019 Clean Jobs America.  Breaking things down by sector, the report saw the strong growth in the clean energy storage and clean vehicle sectors, at 14% and 15% respectively. According to E2’s 2019 Clean Jobs America analysis, energy efficiency added the most new jobs in 2018 of any energy …