Construction workers win big on cap-and-trade bill

July 18, 2017 - The State Building and Construction Trades Council and the 400,000 workers that it represents scored an enormous victory Monday when the state Legislature approved two bills to extend California’s cap-and-trade program to 2030 and improve air quality.  

Most immediately, the extension of the cap-and-trade program preserves tens of thousands of construction jobs in the state’s oil refineries. At the same time, it retains pollution controls to protect the health of people who live near them. 

By approving this extension, lawmakers also preserved funding for High Speed Rail, which means thousands more jobs for our members. Construction workers also stand to benefit through the cap-and-trade program’s financing of affordable housing, transit-oriented development, transit capital projects and more. 

“We would like to thank Gov. Jerry Brown, State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon,” said SBCTC President Robbie Hunter. “They have made a deal that protects the industrial jobs of the Building Trades that drive California’s economy.”

The legislation to extend cap-and-trade now goes to Gov. Brown for his signature. 



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