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Fired Up! Missouri - Steelworkers http://firedupmissouri.com/taxonomy/term/1530/0 en Missouri Sierra Club, Steelworkers Union Hold Green Jobs Tour In Kansas City http://firedupmissouri.com/content/missouri-sierra-club-steelworkers-union-hold-green-jobs-tour-kansas-city <p><img alt="" class="noside" src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6103/6309917113_18c8435a0a.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px; " /></p> <p>On Wednesday, November 2nd, fifty Sierra Club members took part in a Green Jobs Tour to view a business in northeast Kansas City that supplies parts for wind turbines, solar generators, and electric car plug-ins.&nbsp; The plant, <strong>Milbank Manufacturing</strong>, expects to hire 57 new employees to support its expanded clean energy products.&nbsp; Workers at Milbank are represented by the <strong>United Steelworkers Union (USW) Local 13</strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Milbank Manufacturing proves the potential for renewable energy to create jobs in Missouri,&rdquo; explains<strong> John Hickey</strong>, Sierra Club Chapter Director.&nbsp; &ldquo;It is time for the State of Missouri to expand our use of renewable energy.&nbsp; We know that renewable energy means cleaner air and healthier communities.&nbsp; Now we are showing that it also means good-paying, clean energy jobs.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6119/6309916465_2d0dd8ac83_m.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 180px; " /></p> <p><strong>Emil Ramirez</strong>, Assistant to the Director for USW District 11 continues &ldquo;Our members understand that investing in clean energy technology means more good jobs right here in Kansas City.&nbsp; That is why the USW, along with other groups including the Sierra Club, are part of the <strong>BlueGreen Alliance</strong>.&nbsp; This tour provided a chance for more local citizens to see this potential with their own eyes.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Missouri voters passed Proposition C in November 2008, requiring utilities to generate 15% of their electricity from renewable energy by 2021.&nbsp; Unfortunately, the General Assembly stripped the requirement that the renewable energy be delivered to Missouri, undercutting the job creating potential of Proposition C.&nbsp;</p> <p>On Wednesday, Sierra Club members and supporters toured this plant to get an in-person view of how renewable energy creates jobs here in our state.&nbsp; <strong>Steelworkers Local 13 President Janet Kirk</strong>, as well as local union officers <strong>Sparky Eads</strong> and <strong>Ben Geveshausen</strong>, participated as well.&nbsp;</p> Clean Energy Jobs Sierra Club Steelworkers Thu, 03 Nov 2011 21:25:54 +0000 .Sean 14830 at http://firedupmissouri.com