In Coal Country, the Mines Shut Down, the Women Went to Work and the World Quietly Changed: A state program for miners’ families not only paid tuition but critically, covered living expenses

From 2010 to 2017, Letcher County in Kentucky saw a greater shift in the gender balance of its labor force than almost any other county in the United States. By Campbell Robertson, NYTimes.com,m Sept. 14, 2019 FLEMING-NEON, Ky. — In the pre-dawn hours when all is dark and quiet, Amanda Lucas leaves her house and begins the long drive to her …

What is the true unemployment rate in the US?

By Jack Rasmus from his blog September 8, 2019 | EDUCATE! A reader of this blog recently asked an important question: what do I think is the actual unemployment rate in the US today, not the media’s 3.8% that is almost always quoted. Here’s my reply as to why I calculate the real, actual unemployment at a minimum to be 10%-12%. The real …

This Company Hired Anyone Who Applied. Now It’s Starting a Movement.

Greyston Bakery uses a practice of open hiring: filling positions on a first-come, first-served basis, no questions asked. Now it wants to teach other companies how to do the same. Fast Company| by Eillie Anzilotti Photos from Greyston. Around 25 years ago, Ty Hookway, founder of the upstate New York-based janitorial services company CleanCraft, was driving past one of their …

Every American Should Be Guaranteed a Job. The Green New Deal Could Make That Happen

While a jobs guarantee is already popular—52% of Americans support it, according to a poll by Civis Analytics—polling commissioned by the Sunrise Movement indicates that a jobs guarantee focused on green jobs and climate protection is even more popular. It’s not new; President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed a “second Bill of Rights” in his 1944 State of the Union, a list of …

Advancing Social Equity in Solar Requires Real Data and Honest Conversations

Workplace demographic studies are critical for the solar industry if it wants to reflect the communities it serves, the author writes. By ERICA MACKIE, founder and CEO of Grid Alternatives, JULY 26, 2019 “You can’t change what you can’t see.” 0 The results from The Solar Foundation and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s second U.S. Solar Industry Diversity Study, released this …

The Green New Deal is a chance to make clean energy accessible to all

BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI Fast Company, A GREEN NEW DEAL FOR BUSINESS, June 17, 2019 The Green New Deal is a chance to make clean energy accessible to all: Transitioning the U.S. economy from fossil fuels to 100% clean energy is a massive undertaking. But from an equity, economic, and environmental perspective, the opportunities far outweigh the costs. Late last year, California …

Energy Justice and Just Transition Research

A range of measures such as near-term employment and wage protections, medium-term retraining and investment in alternative industries, and long-term education and innovation investment are central to ensuring protection and prosperity for people and communities. It is therefore imperative that governments work closely with businesses, local communities and labor representatives to produce just transition plans. Other examples of energy transitions …

New Deal Infrastructure: The Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps built many of Colorado’s treasured landmarks

The height of CCC enrollment was reached in the summer of 1935 with over half a million men scattered across two 2,600 camps. Each of these camps typically housed about 200 men. Most of the recruits were assigned to the Department of Agriculture, where they were primarily engaged in protecting and enhancing forests under the direction of the US Forest Service. …