This month, leaders of Sierra Club’s chapter in Vermont sent a strongly worded letter to Vermont's Governor and the Vermont Department of Public Service. Citing the Sheffield wind farm, which was being built without using local labor, the letter makes a strong case for approving only those alternative energy projects that create jobs in Vermont and provide livable wages and benefits to construction workers.
Governor Peter Shumlin received the letter in advance of a meeting between his administration and the Vermont Iron Workers, where he referred to our letter and committed to ensuring that green construction jobs are both good jobs and Vermont jobs.
Since sending the letter, Vermont Iron Workers Local 7 and the company responsible for the Sheffield wind farm project have come to an agreement. Iron Workers from the Union will now be working on the First Wind Sheffield wind farm project. “We would expect that this gesture of goodwill will serve as an example for future in-state renewable energy projects,” stated David Van Deusen, Conservation Organizer for the Vermont Sierra Club.