Unions look for offshore wind leasing ‘wins’ in Gulf states


Unions are positioning themselves as a key part of the Biden administration’s goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, particularly in the waters off less union-friendly states such as Louisiana and Texas, reports Bloomberg Law.

After having lost footholds in industries that developed without union buy-in, organized labor is pushing to make sure they’re included at the table. Unions and private developers have already voluntarily agreed to collaborate on some of the slated projects, tapping into what some predict could be tens of thousands of jobs brought about by the industry.

Congressional Democrats, organized labor, and advocates want to see all offshore wind development completed with union labor, and project labor agreements linked to more future leases, actions that the Interior Department’s BOEM could take. Read the entire story.