NYS AFL-CIO: Solid middle class jobs must be part of REV

Date Posted: 
Thursday, October 29, 2015

As the New York State Public Service Commission holds hearings across the state on Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, the labor movement is making sure its voice is heard to ensure solid middle class jobs are part of the plan.

"Reforming the Energy Vision is not only an opportunity to make New York a leader in renewable energy, it's an opportunity to create long term, sustainable middle class jobs in our state," said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO. "Good paying jobs with benefits allow working men and women to provide for their families while supporting local businesses in their community. While it is important that our state invests in renewable energy, it is also imperative that we continue to use our current power infrastructure more efficiently and wisely. We cannot and should not abandon existing facilities that employ thousands of workers while generating much needed revenue for our communities, local businesses and public services."

"I am confident these hearings will result in a significant benefit to addressing long term carbon emission reduction," said Ernest Hartman, President of the New York State Association of Electrical Workers. "However, the REV initiative must also include a commitment to rely on the best-trained professional workforce needed to get the job done safely and effectively. The highly trained and experienced men and women of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) stand ready to do the work necessary to meet the needs of a new green economy to benefit this generation and the next."

"The cornerstone to the REV rate case is advancing new carbon free power generation. We must protect existing NYS carbon free nuclear, hydro and wind power generation resources, or we will fall decades behind in achieving REV, NYS, EPA and Global climate change objectives," stated Ted Skerpon, President of the New York State Utility Labor Council.

REV HEARING SCHEDULE:

Buffalo Wednesday November 4, 2015 Erie County Community College
City Campus Auditorium 121 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Information Session 7:00 PM Public Statements

Rochester Thursday, November 5, 2015 
Rochester City Hall - City Council Chambers
30 Church Street Rochester, New York 14614
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Information Session 7:00 PM Public Statements

Kingston Thursday November 12, 2015
Kingston High School,  403 Broadway Kingston, New York 12401 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Information Session 
7:00 PM Public Statement Hearing

Binghamton Tuesday November 17, 2015 
Binghamton City Hall
38 Hawley Street Binghamton, New York 13901
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Information Session 7:00 PM Public Statements

Syracuse Wednesday, November 18, 2015 
Clary Middle School Auditorium
100 Amidon Drive Syracuse, New York 13205
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Information Session 7:00 PM Public Statements

(New York City hearing was held Tuesday, October 27, 2015. Westchester hearing was held Wednesday, October 28, 2015)

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