Green Jobs: Building A Clean Energy Workforce
Weatherization Programs at Work
The Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) has launched a nationwide program to train workers in skilled residential weatherization work. LIUNA's weatherization program could train up to 10,000 workers nationwide in its first three years, reducing energy bills for several million homes nationwide over the next 10 years. Combined with LIUNA's commitment to training residents of low-income communities, these training programs help to rebuild America's middle class and economy.
In January 2009, in Newark, New Jersey, the Laborers' Local 55 provided weatherization training for unemployed, low-income residents. A crew of 21 workers in LIUNA's pilot program weatherized 30 Newark homes. The program delivered concrete benefits to home owners: Those whose houses were weatherized saw an average 25% reduction in their energy bills.(1)
Contact us for more information on the Sierra Club's partnership with Blue-Green Alliance member LIUNA.
- U.S. Department of Energy. Weatherization Assistance Program Subgrantee Information - NJ. 2009.