“Renewables workers - and our planet - need someone like Su at the helm of the Department of Labor to push for and deliver on much needed change.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2023
Washington D.C. - In response to President Biden’s nomination of Julie Su to be the 30th United States Secretary of Labor, Matthew Mayers, Executive Director of the Green Workers Alliance issued the following Statement:
“Workers in this country deserve a fierce advocate in the White House and Julie Su is an inspired choice to become our next Secretary of Labor.
“Su broke new ground as California’s Secretary of Labor, and has continued her inspiring work as Deputy Labor Secretary in the Biden Administration. She has a proven track record of fighting for working people, working closely with both labor unions and other independent worker organizations to stop wage theft, improve working conditions, and more.
“Renewables workers - and our planet - need someone like Su at the helm of the Department of Labor to push for and deliver on much needed change. Right now, renewable energy jobs are scaling up across the country to meet the demand of the Inflation Reduction Act’s unprecedented investment in clean energy. But the industry still relies on low-road subcontractors and temp agencies, who frequently short-change workers and promise jobs that never materialize. Non-union solar and wind workers face dangerous safety conditions, rampant favoritism, and lack of job security, while the investor-owned utility companies that contract for electricity from these projects take no responsibility and make billions in profits.
“This industry—and many more across America—will need to fundamentally change. Julie Su knows this from first-hand experience. She has been a fighter to win these changes, and we look forward to working with her as we demand more and better green jobs.”
Green Workers Alliance is an organization made of renewable energy workers demanding more and better jobs in the field and a just transition off fossil fuels.