The North American Construction Unions (NABTU) and offshore wind developer Ørsted announced on Thursday a project work agreement (PLA) to build the company’s offshore wind farms in the United States with US labor force.

A statement on the agreement, released Thursday, reads: “The first of its kind in the United States, the National Offshore Wind Agreement (NOWA) sets the bar for working conditions and equity, injects hundreds of millions of dollars into middle-class wages in the U.S. economy. apprenticeship opportunities and careers for communities most affected by environmental injustice, and ensures that projects are built with the safest and best-trained workers in America.

Authorized by 15 presidents of the international union and their local affiliates, NOWA covers all Ørsted contractors and subcontractors who will build offshore wind farms from Maine to Florida.

Sean McGarvey, the president of NABTU said: “The signing of this unprecedented agreement is historic for American workers and our energy future. NABTU’s highly trained men and women professionals have the best craftsmanship in the world. This partnership will not only expand tens of thousands of career opportunities to thrive in the energy transition, but will also raise even more people in the middle class. “

“The constant drumming of public support for trade unions, which are important for maintaining and building the middle class, has helped ensure this important achievement. We congratulate Orsted, AFL-CIO President Schuler, the Biden administration and many Congress leaders for their help and support in making today’s signing a reality and in setting a new framework for creating middle-class jobs in all energy sectors.

“This historic cornerstone is a celebration for workers, clean energy and economic opportunities,” they said. David Hardy, CEO of Ørsted Offshore North America. “The national agreement on offshore wind energy, which we signed with NABTU, sets the industry standard from the very beginning. We will build an American offshore wind energy industry with American workers, family wages and stable and equitable training programs to achieve this critical vision.

Ørsted and NABTU also released a video to mark the signing of the agreement:

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Offshore winds in the United States can create 80,000 jobs

Ørsted cited an Industry Reports project on Thursday that offshore winds will directly create approximately 80,000 jobs with more than 5.75 million working hours for unions and tens of thousands of indirect jobs in manufacturing, maritime work, logistics and clean energy technologies.

In addition, NOWA’s training and employment regulations are expected to increase the workforce capacity of trade unions to build sophisticated offshore wind energy infrastructure and to move forward a new home energy industry on a commercial scale.

In the entire portfolio, Ørsted has already set aside $ 23 million to improve or create new programming that will prepare American workers for offshore wind jobs, the press release said.

“This is what it looks like to put the words ‘high-level labor standards’ into action,” the AFL-CIO president said. Liz Schuler. “The partnership between Ørsted and NABTU is monumental to the thousands of workers who will have great jobs and to the example he sets for the US offshore wind industry. The project agreement signed today is proof that workers and employers working together can create a fair transition to clean energy with opportunities for all. When we improve our values ​​- workers’ rights, gender and racial justice, economic equality and safe and healthy jobs – then we all win. This PLA meets this test and sets a high bar for working people and the planet. Working with clean energy can and will be a well-paid family-supporting profession.

According to the report, NOWA is designed to promote a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce, while expanding offshore wind energy opportunities to frontline communities.

“[The NOWA]establishes work equality committees for each project to prioritize the recruitment and retention of people of color, women, gender inequality, and local communities for environmental justice. Ørsted and the unions are committed to working with NABTU-related pre-apprenticeship programs and registered apprenticeship programs, which are already recruiting directly from non-profit programs to train and support communities of color, women and other priority groups, and NOWA will build on this precedent, “the statement said.

Ørsted operates America’s first offshore wind farm, Block Island Wind Park in Rhode Island. With its joint ventures, Ørsted has six offshore wind projects under development, which include approximately 5GW of capacity to power more than 2 million homes.

In New England, the company and its partner in the Eversource joint venture built Revolution Wind (704 MW), Sunrise Wind (924 MW) and South Fork Wind (132 MW). Ørsted’s New Jersey projects include Ocean Wind 1 (1100 MW), in partnership with PSEG, and Ocean Wind 2 (1148 MW). In Maryland, Ørsted is developing the Skipjack Wind (966 MW).

U.S. Union Workers to Build Ørsted’s U.S. Offshore Wind Farms

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