LA County launches new Dept of Youth Development, looks into transfer of youth supervision from the Probation Department to therapeutic alternatives in the community over the next five years

Dec 2020, excerpt from the LA Progressive – LA is transfering $75 million in Probation Department funds to launch a new county Department of Youth Development. It will also research what statewide legislative and penal code changes might be required to transfer youth supervision from the Probation Department to therapeutic alternatives in the community over the next five years. Co-authored …

Protect average Americans from Wall Street greed and recklessness. Companies in the S&P 500 repurchased $2Tn in stock

This year, the CARES Act intended to serve as a safety net for the pandemic-silenced sectors of the economy. Congress approved more than $500 billion in funds for corporate America in the hopes that firms would retain employees through the shutdown. These funds were necessary, proponents explained, because these companies lacked the reserves to keep workers on the payroll. Had …

As Coal Giant Peabody Warns Of Return To Bankruptcy — How Biden Infrastructure Programs Could Save Miners

Ken Silverstein Senior Contributor The world’s largest coal producer, Peabody Energy BTU -23%, is at risk of going bankrupt for the second time in five years. It’s all a function of the demand for coal, especially now during the coronavirus. But the potential trouble is indicative of something much bigger — the transition from coal to natural gas and renewables.  The future …

Clean Energy Jobs Report – Oct 2020

Today, E2 released what I think is one of our most important clean energy jobs reports ever. As lawmakers look for ways to build back our economy with a focus on clean energy, our Clean Jobs, Better Jobs report for the first time details wages, benefits and unionization rates for clean energy jobs, with details down to the sector, state and even …

Analysis: Biden’s clean-energy ‘revolution’ faces challenge to match fossil-fuel jobs, pay

By Valerie Volcovici, Laura Sanicola WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, seeking to allay concerns that his plan to fight climate change would harm the economy, has promised a “clean energy revolution that creates millions of unionized middle-class jobs” if he’s elected. That vision, however, would require policy makers and clean-energy companies to overcome some major challenges in replacing …

Clean energy jobs pay more than the national median but greater unionization is needed

Clean energy jobs pay 25 percent more than the national median wage and are more likely to include health and other benefits, according to a study of federal occupational wage and benefits. The study, from E2, the American Council for Renewable Energy and the Clean Energy Leadership Institute, looked at workers in renewable energy, energy efficiency, grid modernization, battery storage …

Labor and Coal communities key in designing a Just Transition + 11 recommendations by CO Committee

Dharna Noor, Gizmodo, 9/25/20 GREEN NEW DEAL https://earther.gizmodo.com/why-unions-are-the-key-to-passing-a-green-new-deal-1845169012 There’s a persistent conservative myth that the clean energy transition must come at the expense of employment. Nothing could be further from the truth, though. The Congressional resolution on a Green New Deal, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey last February, includes a proposal guarantee employment to all those who want …

Amazon warehouses with robots are seeing injuries to around 1 in 10 people employed

How Amazon hid its safety crisis, by Will Evans | September 29, 2020 Robots. Prime Day. Holiday peak. Internal records show Amazon has deceived the public on rising injury rates among its warehouse workers. On Cyber Monday 2014, Amazon operations chief Dave Clark proudly unveiled the company’s new warehouse of the future in Tracy, California.  Behind him, tall yellow racks …

Guiding Principles for a Green New Deal

Published February 28, 2019 by DSA Humankind has reached a moment of existential crisis. Human activity is causing disastrous climate disruption and Earth’s sixth mass extinction event, triggering critical losses of biodiversity. We are already locked in for global warming that will have catastrophic effects, and we are on a slippery path to our own extinction. The 2018 Special Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on …