Last night, the Illinois House of Representatives passed the Climate & Equitable Jobs Act (SB2408)— the nation’s most equitable comprehensive clean energy bill which resulted from months of negotiations between community and environmental justice groups, organized labor, consumers, and business groups.
This bill can put Illinois on track to a 100% clean energy future by 2050 with 100% carbon-free power by 2045, and has a strong focus on justice for frontline Black and Brown communities and a just transition for workers in communities where fossil fuels are located.
As a workers’ center addressing issues at the intersection of worker exploitation and environmental degradation, we recognize that the important fight for environmental justice (especially for Black and Brown, working-class communities hit hardest by climate catastrophe) does not have to come at the expense of stable, living wage jobs and economic investment in our communities. The Climate and Equitable Jobs Act proves that the labor movement and the environmental justice movement can work together to create a bold, abundant, and sustainable future in Illinois and beyond.
Warehouse Workers for Justice applauds the House for propelling Illinois forward as a national leader in the creation of good, green jobs, and strongly urges the Senate to follow suit.
Use this tool to email your legislators and urge them to pass SB2408 today!
Contact: Yana Kalmyka, Labor and Environmental Justice Director at Warehouse Workers for Justice firstname.lastname@example.org, (347) 930-9516
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