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California Manufacturers celebrate the 5th annual MFG Day by opening their doors

Posted by Teresa Boyte, Communications Associate on Oct. 21, 2016

Thank you to the more than 160 California manufacturers and institutions that opened their doors to show the public what modern manufacturing is all about!

We also thank the following companies for providing us pictures for our MFG Day collage: 


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Illinois MFG leader steps up for MFG agenda (and #MFGDay16)

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Sept. 22, 2016

Manufacturing job numbers are growing at a larger scale in the rest of the country and in other competitor states, as we stated last week in our own jobs report. Illinois however is one of the few other states facing the same daunting business and political climate as California and has seen only 2.6 percent manufacturing job growth since the recession. As manufacturers you will be interested in Illinois Manufacturers Association president Greg Baise's recent message to Illinois policy makers at the City Club of Chicago. Greg has embarked on an ongoing tour to attract attention to the need for legislators to embrace a Middle Class Manufacturing Agenda, much like the campaign CMTA has taken on here in California.

Please take a moment to watch Greg's remarks to encourage leaders in Illinois to create stability and focus on developing an environment more conducive for growth. 

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association has sent a copy of the speech and a personal letter to all 177 lawmakers in Illinois challenging them each to call and visit three manufacturing companies in their district during Manufacturing Month in October. The message of manufacturing is catching on across the country, especially with the fourth annual Manufacturing Day upon us. California currently has 158 events scheduled for Manufacturing Day (#MFGday16) this October 7th. CMTA would also like to challenge our 120 legislators to visit manufacturing companies in their district on the 7th or sometime during the month.

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Continued manufacturing job growth lag in CA

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Sept. 16, 2016

California's jobs report this week showed a loss of 3,400 jobs in August, indicating a continued industrial growth lag in California.  Since the recession the country's manufacturing job base grew by 7.2 percent while California grew by only 3.6 percent. Here's a look at some specific regional and industrial states: Indiana up 17.3 percent, Michigan up 33.3 percent, North Carolina up 6.7 percent, Arizona up 7.5 percent, Oregon up 13.2 percent, Nevada up 10.7 percent.


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Let's count the loss of Ashley Furniture's green jobs

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock, President on Aug. 31, 2016

Last week we learned that Ashley Furniture will be shifting production out of California in favor of their other locations in the US.  While you won't hear them labeled as such, the 840 jobs lost are part of our "green" economy.  The Colton California location uses electricity fueled by mostly low-carbon renewables, nuclear, hydro and natural gas resources.  Workers drive cars to and from work with gasoline blended with renewable fuel and pay about 11 cents per gallon in cap and trade taxes that lawmakers say is necessary to reach our state climate change goals.  

Ashley Furniture locations in North Carolina, Wisconsin and Mississippi do not have the same strict climate change regulations as California.  Any jobs that will be created there to offset the loss in California will not be green.  An honest accounting would subtract the 840 Ashley Furniture green jobs against the 500,000 green jobs that state leaders claim have been created in the state. 

That would be a good start to determine how effective our clean economy policies really are.   

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Let’s get to the bottom of this 500,000 green jobs number

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Aug. 27, 2016

Growing green jobs is a reason state leaders cite to support ambitious climate change policies.  The policies will spark technological innovations and entrepreneurship to create new industries and jobs but they often say nothing about the losses that may be suffered by consumers and other businesses. 

Senate Pro Tem Kevin deLeon said the following after SB 32 and AB 197 passed this week to set a new climate change target for 2030: 

"We have empirical evidence that's very clear that we have created 500,000 brand new jobs in the clean energy space ... This is not about reducing carbon in the abstract. This is about economic growth. That’s why we are the 6th largest economy in the world. There is rhyme and reason why we have this legislation – its because it leads to job growth."

The California Center for Jobs & The Economy has this to say about green job creation in California. Some highlights:   

  • The “500,000 new jobs” claim has been voiced since 2011, casting serious doubt on the validity of the number.
  • Next 10 identified only 180,0000 green jobs in their 2014 report and has since even reduced that number.
  • A report by Advanced Energy Economy Institute, a primary report used by many advocates, claims 142,000 advanced electricity generation jobs. But EDD data (the government’s gold standard for job tracking) says California has only 18,900 jobs total in the entire sector of "Electric Power Generation, Transportation & Distribution."

Most importantly, the “500,000 new clean energy jobs” claim does not account for jobs lost due to costs in other sectors such as manufacturing.  California’s 1.28 million high-wage manufacturing workers should be concerned that creating a phantom number of new green jobs at their expense is a measure of success for climate policies.

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