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Green Jobs: Building A Clean Energy Workforce

Addressing the problems of global warming and dependence on dirty fossil fuels is key to our economic recovery and will provide unparalleled opportunities to create jobs. We can put America back to work by investing in clean energy, creating jobs that are family and community-sustaining and that will strengthen our economy over the long run.

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Federal Stimulus to Create Jobs

Wisely spent, federal investments in clean energy will provide a strong foundation for clean energy industries to deliver significant economic and environmental benefits. In order for the green economy to succeed, we need a robust workforce to capitalize on these new opportunities. Labor unions can play a key role by ensuring that there are well-trained workers with comprehensive skills training.

Weatherization and Union Jobs Training factsheet

Weatherization Programs at Work
In order to jumpstart an expanded, sustainable residential energy efficiency industry, federal stimulus funds must be put to effective use. Labor unions like the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) are on the forefront of this effort. LIUNA has launched an ambitious national program to train local workers in skilled residential weatherization work.
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Union Job Training Programs
Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Local 68 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) are also training workers for green jobs in a clean energy economy.
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Recovery Act

In February 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).The ARRA includes:

  • $70 billion in clean energy investments, including:
  • $5 billion to weatherize one million homes per year
  • $3.2 billion in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants
  • Department of Labor funding for Green Jobs Training
  • Cool Cities ARRA Resources Page

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