I was encouraged to read Peter Demchuk’s recent letter about Tradepoint Atlantic working with organized labor (“Tradepoint has been good to organized labor,” Oct. 3). I’m a resident of Turner Station and at our last community meeting, a Tradepoint representative spoke with us about their progress and plans for Sparrows Point. He discussed an exciting project that will also support organized labor that Mr. Demchuk didn’t mention in his letter: offshore wind.
As the transformation of Sparrows Point gets underway, it’s important that we prioritize sustainable industries like wind power and not repeat the mistakes of the past with polluting industrial development that has harmed my community and others nearby. US Wind plans to use Sparrows Point for part of its manufacturing and assembly of offshore wind turbines, which will provide clean power to Marylanders and family-sustaining jobs at Sparrows Point. As Mr. Demchuck mentioned, Tradepoint has employed union workers for all of the demo and cleanup so far, as well as new building construction. There will be more union work in the future with infrastructure upgrades and more new construction.
Amazon and Fedex are non-union companies, but Amazon is feeling the pressure. They recently promised $15 per hour wages for all workers. US Wind will also use union workers for construction and logistics, creating new good jobs in a renewable and growing industry. I hope that Tradepoint continues to prioritize sustainable projects like US Wind’s that create good union jobs for the region. It’s this type of development that will set Baltimore up as a leader in the clean energy economy.