Teamsters Talk Green Jobs
On March 15, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa reinforced the union’s support of building a sustainable, green supply chain that also provides jobs with good wages and benefits. Hoffa addressed the 2012 Good Jobs Green Jobs West Conference and then spoke at a rally in support of recycling workers fighting for respect in the workplace.
The Good Jobs Green Jobs West Conference is a leading forum for sharing ideas and strategies for greening America’s economy and creating good jobs. The conference is held by the BlueGreen Alliance, a national, strategic partnership between labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the green economy.
“Right here in Los Angeles, the Teamsters and our environmental allies have been fighting to raise standards for drivers in the port and for workers in the solid waste and recycling industry,” Hoffa said.
The campaign is part of the Don’t Waste LA effort, a coalition of community, environmental, faith and labor organizations working for clean air, green jobs and recycling for all Angelenos through region-wide standards and accountability in our commercial and multifamily waste and recycling system.
Hoffa was joined by labor and environmental allies including Allison Chin, Sierra Club director, Ron Herrera, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 396, Greg Good, director of Don’t Waste L.A., Ananda Lee Tan from the Global Alliance of Incinerator Alternatives and Adrian Martinez, Natural Resources Defense Council.
Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters. www.teamster.org