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					                         Standards for Green AND Good Jobs
Monies from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will soon be moving out across the
country. But there will be no recovery for the real economy of this country---the economy in which
families work and live—unless those monies are spent in ways that keep these families’ needs firmly in
mind and create a foundation for their future.

That means that standards need to be attached to all programs at all levels deriving from these ARRA
monies. The AFL-CIO Working for America Institute and its Center for Green Jobs call on “conveyors”
of ARRA funds to establish partnerships that include labor, community groups, environmentalists and
other stakeholders to amplify the application of the following standards for release of these monies:

      Jobs created by the Act should be good, enduring, family sustaining jobs.

      Employer recipients of these monies should be good public citizens with a proven commitment
       to being good stewards of public dollars.

      Training and education programs that claim to help workers and future workers qualify for
       these jobs should be quality ones that 1) offer workers credentials that have truly portable and
       stackable currency in the rapidly changing job market; 2) have a record of achieving quality job
       placements, and 3) prepare current and future workers with the education and skills to
       continuously improve energy and environmental practices.

      Jobs and training programs supported by the Act should provide affirmative outreach to
       communities of color and to other disadvantaged job seekers.

      The multiplier effect of the Act’s investments should accrue to businesses that employ people
       right here in the USA.

      Funds from the Act, to the extent possible, should lower overall greenhouse gas emissions and
       create positive environmental returns.

We have, below, specific recommendations for each of the above standards. It is not intended to be
an exhaustive list. People of good-will who intend to use the ARRA to help create both economically
and environmentally sustainable jobs in this country will have other recommendations for turning these
standards into requirements for the outlay of these funds.

                              SOME EXAMPLES OF APPLICATIONS
                              OF THESE PROPOSED STANDARDS

Jobs created by the Act should be good, family sustaining jobs.
 Neutrality in any union organizing campaign
 Comprehensive Davis-Bacon prevailing wage coverage applied to all facets of federal construction
   assistance
 Family sustaining wage levels and health care and retirement security benefit requirements for all
   jobs
 Use of "Community Workforce Agreements" that are legally-enforceable agreements between all
   stakeholders in public development projects including contractors, labor unions, and community
   group
Employer recipients of these monies should be good public citizens with a proven commitment
to being good stewards of public dollars.
 A record of compliance with federal laws including prevailing wage laws, OSHA, MSHA, anti-
    discrimination/harassment and environmental protection laws, and
 Compliance extended to subcontractors

Training and education programs that claim to help workers qualify for these jobs should be
quality ones that 1) offer workers credentials that have truly portable and stackable currency in
the rapidly changing job market, 2) have a record of achieving quality job placements, and 3)
provide the skills to enable workers to continuously improve energy and environmental
practices.
 Pre-apprenticeship programs in construction with true promise of placement in construction
    careers, rather than temporary jobs
 Bona fide JATC apprenticeship programs in construction and apprenticeship utilization standards;
 Joint labor-management training partnerships in other industries
 High road career and technical education in K-12 systems and greater investment in vocational
    schools and community colleges that collaborate with trade union training programs

Jobs and training programs supported by the Act should provide affirmative outreach to
communities of color and to other disadvantaged job seekers.
    Support new and existing quality programs to prepare disadvantaged job seekers to participate
      in bona fide JATC apprenticeship programs
    Support programs to recruit and place job-seekers from disadvantaged communities into
      appropriate training programs
    Support programs that better connect disadvantaged job seekers to quality job openings as
      they become available

The multiplier effect of the Act’s investments should accrue to businesses that employ people
right here in the USA.
 Manufactured goods and materials purchased should be made in America
 Products must have a domestic content of 85% to qualify as US-made
 Transparency about waivers and exceptions to any of these standards
 Ban project segmentation that keeps projects under thresholds that will trigger these standards

Funds from the Act, to the extent possible, should lower overall greenhouse gas emissions
and create positive environmental returns.
 Take into consideration the full carbon footprint of transport
 Take into consideration the air pollution contributions of production of goods and materials
 Where applicable the projects should lower our dependence on foreign oil and create demand for
   domestically developed and generated energy and manufactured products
 Lower and/or eliminate impacts on local water systems
 To the extent necessary, anticipate and invest in infrastructure projects that mitigate the impacts of
   climate change




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