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    Call To Action! NO Gas Rate Hike!

    National Fuel Gas Co. recently announced that they will be seeking to increase our utility bills by nearly 8%, while too many of us are already struggling to afford rent and other necessities. Our rents keep rising because of gentrification, and we're already stuck paying more to heat homes that are old, drafty and inefficient with energy. Based on average rents in Buffalo today, a couple both working full time at minimum wage can expect to spend almost half of income on rent - now we're being asked to put more of our money into repairing and expanding the pipelines! CEO Ronald Tanski makes $6.7 million last year, over $3200 an hour, he can certainly afford to put some of National Fuel's profits into maintaining and improving the pipelines. Mr Tanski apparently wants to take the profit and put the responsibility back onto the ratepayers - that ain't right!

    Yesterday, concerned community members gathered at the Amherst Municipal Building for a public hearing with National Fuel to say "No rate hike!" For more photos of the hearing click here. To learn more about this fight and get involved, contact PUSH Community Organizers Brenda or John at (716) 884-0356 and visit our website for updates and ways you can help!

  • How Green Works For Me: Meet Johnnie

     

    Who’s Johnnie you said? We’ll if you’re talking about Johnnie Fenderson – of PUSH Green (PG), then he’s your Workforce Development Organizer.

    Johnnie grew up in Mobile Alabama, this state’s 3rd largest city. Growing up there, Johnnie wasn’t a stranger to hard work, and the plight of the regular working American. Mobile has sizable fishing, shipping, docking, steel working, and ship making industries. He moved to Buffalo in 2003 where some members of his family migrated to previous years earlier.

    Johnnie who spent some time in the US Army (working with the MP, or the Military Police) said that the army prepared him for his current role. “You have to have leadership qualities in the military to become a leader, and you have to have leadership qualities in organizing, you have to be organized”. In his last few years in service, he served as a Community Police NCOIC. In this capacity he worked hands on with social, and crime prevention programs within the community he was stationed at. This included supervising a group of youth doing neighborhood patrols, and being the first line of contact for soldiers who were struggling financially. “It was fun, I got run and gun, and interact with kids, …………….but most importantly, I got to build leadership qualities, and look for leadership qualities in other people” he says.

    What many may know up to this point is that PG is involved in Energy Efficiency, or EE. What may be new information to some folks is that PG works to create living wage working opportunities for people in the neighborhood (Western New York). This is where the majority of Johnnie’s focus is when he’s doing his job. He works to recruit potential weatherization workers into LIUNA Local 161 (Laborer’s International Union of North America). Through this union Johnnie works to find opportunities for local workers on EE projects. “My focus is to connect people to placement opportunities to get them up to speed, and get them trained” he said.

    As PG outreach people like Alex, Lin, and Rachelle (you’ll meet her in our next post) do their jobs – creating money saving EE opportunities for local home owners/renters, people like Johnnie work hard on the back end to make available more local living wage working opportunities for Western New Yorkers who desperately need them.

    He loves working with his hands, with people, and creating living wage job opportunities for an area that needs it. He’s Johnnie Fenderson, he’s your Workforce Development Organizer, and he wants to meet you!

    #staygreen and #LIVEBetter friends!

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