Saturday, February 28, 2009

National Labor College Offers Green Workplace Representative Certificate Program

The National Labor College (NLC) announced this month the creation of a green workplace representative certificate program. The certificate program is part of the AFL-CIO’s Center for Green Jobs both of which were announced at a press conference held at the national Good Jobs Green Jobs conference in Washington D.C.

“With this new certificate program, the NLC will partner with the Center for Green jobs as part of the AFL-CIO’s critical national initiative,” said NLC president William E. Scheuerman.

“This certificate program will provide education that empowers workers to become change agents, working to advance sustainability values and practices that meet the mutual interests of worker and managers, as well as enhance the competitiveness of American firms in the global economy,” said Tom Kriger, NLC provost. “The NLC is also exploring other curricula related to labor and climate change.”

The creation of AFL-CIO’s Center for Green Jobs (CGJ), which is headed by Jeff Rickert, was announced at the press conference attended by AFL-CIO president John Sweeney, Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers, Mark Ayers, president of the Building and Construction Trades of the AFL-CIO, Barbara Byrd, Secretary-Treasurer of the Oregon AFL-CIO, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, executive officer of the South Bay Labor Council, Dave Foster, executive director of the Blue Green Alliance and William Scheuerman. The CGJ will work with a coalition of labor union and employers to help working Americans prepare for the next generation of jobs.

The NLC is the nation’s only accredited higher education institution devoted exclusively to educating union leaders, members and activists.

For program information contact Tom Kriger at 301-431-5603.

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