Rainier Valley residents looked to the City of Seattle to make good on its promise of green jobs at a Got Green community event earlier this month where Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith was there to represent Mayor Mike McGinn. From Got Green:
The City of Seattle will launch the Community Power Works – a $20 million stimulus project to weatherize 2,000 homes in SE Seattle – on April 19th. Fourteen low-income trainees participating in the region’s only union-certified weatherization – a partnership between Got Green, a grassroots organization working to ensure that low-income and communities of color benefit in the green economy, and its labor partner – LiUNA (Laborer’s International Union of North America) graduated last Friday, March 18th.
These trainees will be in the pool of qualified local hires for contractors participating in the City’s Community Power Works to retrofit homes to become more energy efficient.
Got Green, along with its labor partners, negotiated two community hiring agreements with City of Seattle to employ local residents who have graduated from certified weatherization training programs into family-wage jobs.
Residents, community partners, and labor representatives were at Got Green’s weatherization training event to solidify commitment from the City of Seattle that these high road green jobs will come back to our community through the hiring of the trainees.