IAM Retiree John Harrity will be serving on the Energy Committee for Connecticut Governor-elect Ned Lamont’s Transition Team. Lamont was endorsed by the Connecticut State Council of Machinists (CSCM), who also turned out in force to support the campaign by knocking on doors and calling union members across the state.
Harrity retired last March and is a 38-year member of IAM District 26. He is a founding member and current Chair of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate & Jobs, a coalition of labor, environmental and religious groups working to shape public policy in the face of looming climate threats.
Harrity has long concentrated on climate change as his area of focus for continuing activism, and authored the resolution passed at the 2016 IAM Convention designating climate change as a priority for the Machinists.
“Climate change is the most critical issue facing all of us for the rest of our lives,” said Harrity. “But addressing this threat should also mean the creation of millions of new jobs in renewable energy, transportation and other fields.”
“Our retirees are not only one of our most valuable assets,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro, Sr. “They also continue to be an asset to working families all across this country. Whether it’s fighting for legislation, or like Brother Harrity working with governing bodies to assure that the voice of working men and women is heard at every level. We’re proud of John’s continued service to the IAM, and our members.”
Harrity continues to serve on the Board of the Connecticut Green Bank, a quasi-public agency that helps finance renewable energy projects in the state, and has been invited to join the Board of the Labor Network for Sustainability, a national organization focused on jobs and a sustainable environment.