Women and other disproportionately low-income workers will be able to get on a pathway to economic security in new green jobs if Congress adopts a provision targeting jobs and training. A proposal is being circulated by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Wider Opportunities for Women has been working with him and a broad coalition to ensure that groups traditionally left out of construction gain a foothold as a result of federal spending on energy projects in the energy bill.
Ask your representative to contact Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, and urge them to support such a proposal. They are in the process of preparing the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACESA) for floor action as early as June 24.
By Marie Nelson