High Road Labor Standards In The ZEV Industry

This week Gridworks launched a new initiative: Advancing High Road Labor Standards in Transportation Electrification.  

The project will further Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-79-20 setting the goal of 100% zero-emission passenger cars and trucks by 2035, and 100% zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by 2045. The Executive Order also calls for the development and implementation of a Just Transition Roadmap that will leverage an integrated approach to labor, workforce, and economic policy to provide a framework for California’s economic recovery. 

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Gridworks will lend its tested stakeholder engagement platform to this critical cause. The initiative will consider: 

  • How is a “high road labor standard” defined?  
  • What are the key concepts that need to be embedded within those standards?
  • How would standards differ across vehicle manufacturing, battery supply chain management, charging infrastructure construction, and driving and maintaining vehicles? 
  • What are the steps necessary to ensure that public funds authorized to electrify transportation are also resulting in good, high road jobs with family-sustaining wages?
  • Overall, what are the benefits of high road labor standards in transportation electrification? And are there drawbacks to be considered?

We are learning through this initiative, and gaining new understanding to support our commitment to a clean energy transition for all. 

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Post by Deborah Shields