GAIA Zero Waste MasterPlan - Flipbook - Page 95
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Energy Assistance Program, and other
renters’ and utility assistance programs to
Healthcare: until universal healthcare
is available, laid-off workers and their
dependents should be provided health
insurance at no or minimal premium,
deductible, or co-pay costs; municipalities
or employers can also cover workers’ COBRA
Wage guarantee: provide a wage differential
benefit to cover all or part of the difference
between a laid-off worker’s previous salary
in an extractive industry and their income
at a new job, or supplemental income during
job retraining for a set time period.
Pension support: ensure employees are not
deprived of their pension credits or right to
a pension, and support early retirement for
those who no longer can or wish to work.
Education and retraining: provide career
counseling and employment placement
services; cover retraining costs; streamline
entry and provide tuition support to local
community and technical colleges; and
support paid apprenticeship programs.
Education and retraining opportunities
before the closure should be available to
workers in extractive industries while
they are still working, not just after they
are laid off.
Priority job placement: prioritize hiring laidoff workers in all government sponsored
projects; provide employers with tax credits
and other incentives for hiring laid-off
workers; write priority hiring policies for
transitional workers into zero waste RFPs.
Community investment: offer grant
funding to nonprofits and workforce
development entities in areas affected
by a significant number of layoffs; make
economic development investments in said
communities to build and repair needed
infrastructure and increase community
capacity; offer local businesses lines of
credit to support economic diversification;
create new skilled union jobs for local
and laid-off workers in environmental
remediation and construction to clean up
former polluting facilities and polluted sites.