The labor union 32BJ SEIU on Thursday announced it is formally backing the Green New Deal push by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and U.S. Sen. Ed Markey.

“For labor unions like ours, climate change is an environmental issue, an economic opportunity and a political challenge that we know can destabilize our communities,” said Hector Figueroa, the labor group’s president.

“This is an opportunity to tackle economic inequality and re-industrialize America with a green economy through jobs that, with the right training, can provide career ladders for many low-wage workers who struggle to afford the high cost of living. At 32BJ, we have pioneered Green Buildings Programs that serve as large scale examples that investing in long-term training and education for current workers can help them become leaders in this kind of bold vision to reduce greenhouse gasses, switch to renewable energies, and create good jobs.”

The framework of the Green New Deal measures as announced Thursday by Ocasio-Cortez and Markey are aimed at cutting carbon emissions and at the same time create new jobs in the renewable energy field.