A model approach to an equitable transition to a Green New Deal

Published May 03 2021 at 7:00 AM GMT
  • Last November, Danish renewable energy giant Ørsted reached an agreement with North America’s Building Trades Unions: The company would hire union members for a series of upcoming US projects.
  • NABTU represents 3 million workers in 14 unions, including electrical, bricklaying, cement, masonry, and more—a group historically skeptical of renewable energy because of its potential to disrupt members’ jobs.
  • The three-part deal, which is still being ironed out, will have NABTU members fabricating, erecting, and setting up the power grid for wind projects.
  • It was negotiated by NABTU president Sean McGarvey, who says the deal “pulls the curtain back” on how the renewable industry can turn a profit while paying its builders a fair wage—and, in turn, rally support for the transition to green energy among the workers who will need to build out the infrastructure.
  • PROPER TRAINING McGarvey says his members are fully capable of pivoting to building green energy components—”We build data centers, nuclear power plants, bridges, hospitals, you name it, we have the skill set”—but will require some training to adapt to new settings.


  • Published May 3, 2021 7:00 AM GMT