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In response to growing concerns about energy independence, a declining economy and global climate change, the AFL-CIO created the Center for Green Jobs to assist union leaders in training workers for new careers in a clean energy economy.
A program of the Working for America Institute, the Center is reaching out to labor organizations across a broad array of industry sectors to help build a new green economy-to create clean fuels and ultra efficient vehicles, to revitalize manufacturing and rebuild downtowns, to launch clean coal technology and build a smarter power grid, among many other projects.
Besides engaging unions at all levels in setting standards for green jobs and educating union members about public policy issues, the Center is providing guidance on green jobs training opportunities. Read more about the new green jobs training grants.
The Center also is working with the National Labor College to develop a Green Workplace Certificate, modeled after the program that has successfully certified Health and Safety workplace representatives. The green workplace program would train union leaders to advocate for greener processes in the workplace, form joint labor management committees, and negotiate greening provisions in collective bargaining agreements.
In all its activities, the Center works to ensure that green jobs are good jobs: jobs that pay family-sustaining wages, provide health benefits and retirement security, and offer workers opportunities for advancement.