June 2018: City commits to high labor standards in installation of solar panels on public buildings
ALIGN’s Climate Works for All coalition won a commitment for strong labor standards as New York City installs solar panels on public buildings, as well as a process for prioritizing installation in neighborhoods most impacted by climate change. To find out more watch as Maritza Silva-Farrell, Executive Director at ALIGN speaks to Benny Aranja from IBEW Local 3 and Dave DeMaio from Unity Electric at Junior High School S.A. Halsey in Rego Park, Queens. The school is one of the first of 88 sites to have new solar panels installed, using union labor.
August 2016- Transform Don’t Trash NYC wins city commitment to Zero Waste and commercial waste collection zones
New York City agrees to groundbreaking reforms of private sanitation industry through adoption of commercial waste zones. After four years of campaigning by the Transform Don’t Trash NYC coalition, ALIGN and its allies achieve an agreement with the Mayor and Department of Sanitation to implement commercial waste zones that will reduce harmful truck emissions as much as 64%, increase recycling and landfill diversion, and improve working conditions and wages for over 3,000 workers. Read more here
March 2016- ALIGN joins Real Affordability for All campaign and wins City study of new tool for more just housing development
The “floor area affordability bonus” policy, which ALIGN led in developing, would allow builders more density for new developments in rezoned areas and, in exchange, developers have to provide more below-market-rate, deeply affordable housing and commit to strong labor standards such as local hiring, apprenticeship programs and a prevailing wage for construction work. Read more here
December 2014- Forming Climate Works for All and launching a Platform for Reducing Emissions, Protecting Our Communities, and Creating Good Jobs
Climate Works for All unites labor, community, and environmental justice around an agenda for planet and people. ALIGN, NYC-EJA, and the NYC CLC co-convened and launched in December of 2014 as a broad coalition of over 40 worker, community, and environmental organizations united to ensure that efforts to address climate change also create good, career-track jobs and prioritize low-income, climate-vulnerable communities. The coalition released Climate Works for All: A Platform for Reducing Emissions, Protecting Our Communities, and Creating Good Jobs for New Yorkers which was highlighted by the New York Times and Capital New York. This agenda offers a roadmap for reducing New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050, while creating nearly 40,000 good jobs a year. ALIGN is a member of the Mayor’s 80 by 50 working group to design New York’s implementation plan.
September 2014- Winning the City’s 80 X 50 Climate Goal
The People’s Climate March sparked New York City’s groundbreaking “80 x 50” climate goal. ALIGN co-chaired the regional host committee of the People’s Climate March with the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA), contacted over 30,000 individuals in Zone-A communities, worked with our partners in the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding to mobilize over 700 Hurricane Sandy survivors, and helped galvanize over 10,000 union members to join the march. Working alongside NYC-EJA and New York City Central Labor Council, AFL CIO, we developed a People’s Climate March policy agenda for New York City that led to the City’s 80% carbon reduction goal by 2050. The 80×50 plan will create 3,500 new construction jobs and train 7,800 workers in energy efficiency and renewable energy; improve the sustainability of city-owned building through energy efficiency retrofits, solar, improved operations and “carbon-zero” new construction; create a citywide plan for Bus Rapid Transit; and develop a Green Jobs Corps for unemployed people. Mayor de Blasio named ALIGN to the Mayor’s 80×50 Technical Working Group. Read more here
March 2014- Winning the Build It Back local hiring program through Alliance for a Just Rebuilding
Alliance for a Just Rebuilding launched in the Hurricane Sandy aftermath, and achieved the Build It Back local hiring program. This program set a national climate resiliency precedent. The $850 million dollar Build It Back program works to repair and rebuild 10,000 homes and climate resiliency with career training and job opportunities. The Build It Back Local Hiring initiative targeted at least 20% local hiring to disadvantaged people, funded over 100 Sandy impacted persons and placed them in construction apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. The Alliance for a Just Rebuilding also won the “Sandy Tracker” policy that monitors both rebuilding and climate resiliency investments. It includes important public disclosure requirements such as listing program allocation, the number of jobs created, where workers live by zip code, and posting let contracts to monitor both rebuilding and future resiliency investments. Read more here
September 2012- Winning a High- Road Retail Facility as part of the Walmart-Free NYC coalition
Walmart-Free NYC coalition stopped Walmart and won high-road retail in East New York. This hard fought campaign kept out Walmart from the biggest retail market in the US while Walmart was successfully breaking into Chicago and Los Angeles. In keeping out Walmart, the coalition secured a union ShopRite store at the redevelopment site in question located in East New York Brooklyn. Read more here