As if you needed more evidence of the boondoggle-ishness of the Green Jobs racket, two items for your file:
1) Via Inside Charm City, Maryland’s Democrat Senators dole out green job funding to an SEIU partnership…
Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes funding for job training in renewable and energy efficient industries in Maryland through the Department of Labor (DOL).
This $4.6 million ARRA grant has been awarded H-CAP, Inc to provide enhanced skills training to job seekers and entry-level environmental service workers for new and emerging green jobs in the healthcare industry. The project will operate in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Prince George’s County in Maryland, as well as counties in New York, California and the District of Columbia.
“This Partnership is funded with recovery dollars and it is an investment in our future – a future in which our state and nation will become more energy efficient and independent and one that will create new, green jobs that will help grow our economy,” said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Budget Committee.
“This funding is exactly what the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act is all about – creating and sustaining jobs today and preparing for the jobs of tomorrow,” Senator Mikulski said. “This grant will give Marylanders the opportunity to get the training they need to find and keep a job, while also helping to make sure that health care in Maryland is environmentally friendly.”
H-CAP, Inc. will partner with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Maryland as well as Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), a coalition that promotes environmentally-friendly healthcare practices, to train approximately 3,000 job seekers. The project will also develop new curricula that will cover the role of environmental service workers in green healthcare, the development of cross-industry green jobs and green career pathways for entry-level workers.
2) Via Morgen at Verum Serum, a closer look at the latest round of Big Labor’s green pork grant recipients:
Yesterday the Department of Labor announced the release of $100M in grants funded by the stimulus bill to “support green job training programs to help dislocated workers and others, including veterans, women, African Americans and Latinos, find jobs in expanding green industries and related occupations”.
This is only a portion of the $500M total allocated by the stimulus bill for such purposes. Back in November an initial $55 million in grants were released, the bulk of which went to state-run job training programs, with relatively small amounts going to community job training programs.
However, the primary recipients of the latest $100M in grants are a little more noteworthy:
* UAW Labor Employment and Training Corporation – $3,200,000
* 1199SEIU Family of Funds (disguised as “HCAP, Inc.”) -$4,637,551
* Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), AFLCIO – $4,993,922
* International Transportation Learning Center (whose board consists almost exclusively of union leaders) – $5,000,000
* International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association – $5,000,000
* Institute for Career Development (aka United Steelworkers) – $4,658,983
* Blue Green Alliance (whose members consist largely of unions) – $5,000,000
* Communications Workers of America – $3,969,056
* Thomas Shortman Training Scholarship and Safety Fund (SEIU) – $2,802,269
Porkulus: The Democrats’ wealth redistribution gift from taxpayers to far Left special interests that keeps on giving. Or rather, taking.
Just a reminder: Fight the SEIU & Demcare corruption: Support Scott Brown for Senate.
The national discussion about health care is coming to some local pulpits.
Religion leaders at some area churches plan to preach or otherwise advocate this weekend about the need for health-care reform.
Dubbed the “Reverent Call to Health Care” Sunday, the effort is organized by Indiana Change that Works, the AFL-CIO and the NAACP. Change That Works, which is now a separate non-profit advocacy organization, originally was created by the Service Employees International Union to gain support for President Obama’s health care reform plan and other initiatives.
Sunday’s event is an interfaith effort designed to bring attention to the need for reform, a group of ministers announced today at a news conference at First African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
“We stand united in the cause of human advancement in the area of health care,” said the Rev. Timothy Rouse, the church’s pastor. Rouse, a Democrat, also is a member of the South Bend Common Council.