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Pavlina R Tcherneva @ptcherneva
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Clarity of vision & purpose [thread] 👇
@Ocasio2018 recognizes that the #GreenNewDeal and federal #JobGuarantee are two distinct but intimately connected goals. Saving the planet goes hand-in-hand with providing economic opportunities & good jobs for ALL.
We need urgent mass mobilization to transition to a Green Future, and it's important to remember that the #JobGuarantee is the only policy that ensures that there will be good jobs for all who want them in this process.
The #JobGuarantee doesn't turn anyone who needs work away. It also establishes a labor standard--a benchmark for wages, benefits, working conditions all employers in the economy must meet.
By marrying the #JobGuarantee with the #GreenNewDeal, we ensure that that labor standard is a 'green' labor standard.
The #JobGuarantee is not a substitute for the multipronged investment with all technical considerations needed to deliver a green economy. That will no doubt require employing unemployed resources to rebuild the infrastructure, clean the environment, prevent floods/fires, etc.
But it will also require unemploying currently employed resources in polluting firms, and reemploying them w/ clean techniques of production. In this disruptive process, the people who will suffer most will be low-wage workers - general laborers, entry-level plant operators, etc.
The #JobGuarantee will remain the crucial safety-net for them. The mechanics, engineers will transition to new clean industry more easily.
The #JobGuarantee will also provide retraining, on the job experience, and help people move to other forms of stable and better paid employment, as industries retool and restructure.
I'm already sensing that, unlike @Ocasio2018, some who advocate for good jobs and a green transition are conflating the #JobGuarantee and #GreenNewDeal policies. Which is why she is such an important voice and leader in this battle.
The two policies #GreenNewDeal and #JobGuarantee are attached at the hip but meet different challenges. The task before us is saving the planet without leaving anyone behind. /end
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