In an effort to transform the US economy, President Joe Biden is compelling businesses that want attractive subsidies to be granted to perform more of their production in the US while investing billions of government dollars in green energy pitch to Pennsylvania Union Workers.
In order to convince union workers that the solar, wind, and electric car industries can offer the same economic benefits to organized labor as refineries and power plants powered by fossil fuels, President Joe Biden will visit Philadelphia on Thursday.
A union-built ship named the Acadia, which will be used to aid in the construction of offshore wind farms, will have its steel cut during his visit to the Philadelphia Shipyard.
In Philadelphia, a union-friendly city, Biden is wagering that union employees whose jobs are at risk due to the energy shift would eventually find a place in the green economy.
The ability of the new industries to generate an equivalent number of employment at the same high wage scale has been questioned by around a dozen union workers in the Philadelphia area who Reuters spoke to. They might have valid concerns.
Addressing Union Workers Concerns in Green Energy Industries
According to a Reuters investigation published this year, around 80% of the more than 50 EV battery, solar panel, and other manufacturers announced since the Inflation Reduction Act’s adoption are in states with rules that make it more difficult for workers to form unions.
Nancy Minor, 57, spent over three decades as a union operator at Philadelphia’s largest and oldest refinery before it was shut down in 2019 due to an explosion.
She can now afford to buy a house, raise her kids by herself, and send them to a private school thanks to her income as a refinery safety consultant.
According to Harris, more may be done, such as boosting funding for community colleges and apprenticeship programs.
The Biden administration has pushed for further funding to assist workers, such as coal miners, in finding new careers.