When Ford shuts down its Twin Cities plant that produces the Ranger pickup, UAW workers from Local 879 will lose their jobs. It also means that Ford is closing a plant that runs on clean electricity from a hydroelectric plant (shown above) on the Mississippi River near the plant. Workers have proposed that Ford save the plant by investing in advanced technologies and claim it would make a ideal location to produce a fuel-efficient vehicle. Members of the union recently hosted a Labor and Sustainability Conference that brought unions together with support groups to discuss the climate and other green issues.

The Steelworkers, for example, are behind a 10-year, $300-billion plan to invest in manufacturing plants that produce environmentally friendly products such as hybrid cars and solar panels. Called the Apollo Alliance, the plan would try to restore high-paying factory jobs to the U.S.

As one Local 879 official said: "This rests on the notion that we can have both a healthy environment and good-paying union jobs in a green economy."

[Source: Barbara Kucera / People's Weekly World]

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