Building Renewables, Building Workers Lives—a Door to the Middle Class

Building Renewables, Building Workers Lives—a Door to the Middle Class

Session Type(s): Special Event

Starts: Friday, Jun. 21 6:00 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Friday, Jun. 21 7:15 PM (Eastern)

Many of the construction projects in California aren’t just renewables, but also renew the lives of the workers building them and put them on a path towards the middle class. Listen to six workers tell their incredible first-hand stories of how working on renewables projects transformed their lives.

This event features a discussion on the training, career growth and family-supporting opportunities that workers receive while working on these types of projects. The discussion will feature video vignettes of workers telling how skills training opened the door to opportunity, renewing their lives.


  • Thomas Ruiz, LIUNA Organizer and Labor Relations Representative

Speakers Include:

  • Joshua Arce, Executive Director of the Brightline Defense Project
  • Ron Lind, President of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 5, Vice-President of the UFCW International Union, a Vice-President of the California Labor Federation, President of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council and Chair of the Northern California UFCW Employers Pension Fund
  • Kathy Snow, Director of Labor Relations at Abeinsa EPC
  • Rod Briones, Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Training & Training Trust of Southern California and Vice President of LIUNA Local 783
  • Michael Dea, LIUNA Local 1184 Business Agent and Recording Secretary