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Saturday, July 9 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
When Coal Plants Retire, Who Should Pay?

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The energy economy is shifting. Coal fired power plants are closing due to lack of growth in electricity demand and noncompetitive prices. This shift has impacted private and public sector jobs and communities where these plants are located. This session highlights a campaign between an environmental justice organization and organized labor to face the challenge of a coal plant retirement. We will share strategies and success in our fight for a just transition. Participants will analyze how lessons learned can impact national organizing.


Peter De Jesús

Peter is an Organizer and Director of Communications for the Western New York Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. As a union member for 17 years he has served in a number of roles, including site diversity trainer, co-chair of the United Way Committee for the United Auto Workers Local 686... Read More →

Richard Lipsitz

Richard Lipsitz is the President of the Western New York Area Labor Federation. During his career, he has worked for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Service Employees International Union. Richard also served as the Director of the Buffalo Labor Studies Program for the... Read More →

Rebecca Newberry

Executive Director, Clean Air Coalition: Organizing for Health and Justice
Rebecca has organized win the Clean Air Coalition since 2011, supporting residents to run and win environmental justice and public health campaigns. Rebecca serves on the board of the Western New York Council for Occupational Safety and Health, and for over a decade has been involved... Read More →

Peter Stuhlmiller

Peter Stuhlmiller is a teacher and elected President for the Kenmore Teachers Association. The KTA is a local union representing over 688 in-service and 400 retired members. Peter is active in the governance and committee structures of the state and national affiliates – NYSUT and... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
Bulger Communication Center East