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AFL-CIO Announces Infrastructure Investments
| Sep 20, 2011
| James Parks
Posted on 09/20/2011 5:28:40 PM PDT by mdittmar
he AFL-CIO announced it has invested more than $150 million in job-creating infrastructure projects and registered 8,000 more apprenticeships in clean energy training.
During the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting in Chicago last June, the AFL-CIO outlined plans to work with member unions, pension funds, investment professionals and the government to invest at least $10 billion in job-creating infrastructure projects. The federation also committed to invest at least $20 million in specific energy retrofits over the next year, to retrofit our headquarters building, and to train tens of thousands of workers in the skills necessary to work on 21st century infrastructure.
Heres what has been accomplished so far:
- The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust has funded a $134 million energy efficiency and asbestos removal project for Penn South Mutual Cooperative in New York City. The Trust has also developed a pipeline for $79 million dollars in further investment in energy efficient and retrofit projects. The Trusts board also passed a resolution to work with Fannie Mae to invest in Fannie Maes Green Refinance Plus mortgage backed securities.
- The AFL-CIO, with the assistance of CGI, has issued a request for proposals for a $3 million energy efficiency retrofit of its headquarters.
- The AFL-CIO, the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) and investment funds affiliated with the labor movement continue to work on financing energy efficiency retrofits for commercial, industrial and public buildings, including in particular public housing. Promising conversations are underway with new state-sponsored entities seeking to sponsor such retrofits in Oregon and in Colorado.
- Joint labor-management apprenticeship programs in the U.S. construction industry added some 8,000 new registered apprenticeships since CGI Chicago. These same joint labor-management apprenticeship and training programs have enabled approximately 40,000 construction workers in the clean energy workforce to complete their certification training and obtain certifications in specialty fields.
The AFL-CIO is coordinating the efforts to reinvest in the infrastructure along with a broad coalition of unions chaired by AFT, and including SEIU, AFSCME, National Education Association (NEA), Firefighters (IAFF), the BCTD and investment funds affiliated with the labor movement.
TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aflcio; afscme; aft; bctd; iaff; infrastructure; nea; seiu; unions
Lot of union dues there.
posted on 09/20/2011 5:28:46 PM PDT
Much like the MTA using increased tolls on the NYC bridges and tunnels to fund realestate projects, aka the new world trade center. 13 dollars to cross a bridge or tunnel, 13 dollars for each axle if you have a truck or trailer. Nice!
To: ronnie raygun
posted on 09/20/2011 5:41:10 PM PDT
(The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
I’d be more concerned about low flying pigs!
posted on 09/20/2011 6:24:47 PM PDT
(There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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