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Building on Build Back Better to Invest in a Just Transition
* Mijin Cha - Assistant Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy, Occidental College, Co-author of the Just Transition Listening Project Report
* Paul Sonn - State Policy Program Director, National Employment Law Project (NELP)
* John Doherty - Special Assistant to the General President, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
* Cecilia Martinez, Senior Director for Environmental Justice Council on Environmental Quality

We are on the precipice of a generational investment in infrastructure, climate, healthcare and education. The signing of the Infrastructure Act by President Biden and the passage of the Build Back Better Act in the U.S. House of Representatives frame the transitional moment we find ourselves in. Together these acts will make important strides towards a Just Transition for workers and communities.

Whether or not we are facing systemic, societal change has never been in question. But are our legislative responses rising to the level of challenge we face, and will they succeed in moving us towards the climate-safe, worker friendly future for all people that we desperately need?

Join us on Wed. Dec. 8, 8 p.m. ET as labor and environmental experts will interrogate how the Build Back Better Act and the Infrastructure Act are poised to advance elements of a Just Transition and recommend what work is still required to build the future we need.

In early 2021, LNS released “Workers and Communities in Transition: A Report of the Just Transition Listening Project.” Based on interviews with people across the country who have experienced major job loss in their community, the report finds that transitions are inevitable and constantly occurring. It specifically recommends Just Transitions require:

1) Family-Sustaining Jobs that Address Equity and Communities in Need
2) High-Road Labor Standards to Ensure that New Jobs are Good Jobs
3) Stronger Social Safety Nets
4) Robust and Active Community And Worker Engagement

Dec 8, 2021 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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