Resolution Opposing Outsourcing California Construction Jobs Clears Committee

August 25, 2011 - A resolution supported by the Building Trades and the IBEW, to urge the federal government to deny a permit to Sempra Energy to use a cross-border transmission line to import renewable energy, thereby outsourcing California construction jobs to Mexico, has been passed by a Senate Committee.

The Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee voted 6-2 in favor of Senate Joint Resolution 13, by Senator Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, which urges the U.S. Department of Energy to reject the Sempra Plan.

A Building Trades letter supporting the resolution quoted a recent study, “Should Green Jobs Be Outsourced: A Case Study of Lost Jobs and Lost Opportunities,” by University of Utah economist Dr. Peter Philips, which outlined in detail the lost jobs, wages, and economic benefits, especially to Imperial County, that would result from the Sempra Plan.  That study found:  “There is a tradeoff between building renewable energy in California and building it in Mexico to import into California.  In the case of Sempra’s proposed Energia Sierra Juarez transmission line, California and more specifically, Imperial County, loses.”

Support for the resolution was spearheaded by IBEW Local 569, along with the San Diego/Imperial Building Trades Council, and the San Diego Labor Council, who traveled to Sacramento to be heard.  The Carpenters’ union opposed the resolution. 

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