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Green Buildings Payback To Union Thugs

A press release from Obama’s union brown shirts, the SEIU:


Union Leader Says Greening Buildings Key to a Green Economy

(With more than 85,000 members in six states and Washington, DC, SEIU Local 32BJ is the largest property service workers union in the country. The union represents window cleaners, doormen, building maintenance workers, cleaners, porters, and security officers in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Connecticut, Maryland, and Virginia.)


– Lawmakers, Real Estate Industry Told Training Needed –

NEW YORK, July 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Speaking at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Summit on "Green Jobs," 32BJ SEIU President Mike Fishman called on lawmakers around the country to prioritize buildings in their green strategies because buildings account for 60% of the country’s total energy consumption and generate 40% of the greenhouse gas emissions.

"The real estate industry should take the lead in reducing carbon emissions and conserving energy," said Mike Fishman. "Passing strong Green legislation that mandates such reductions will make our cities cleaner and our environment safer."

In his presentation, Fishman emphasized the need for training and apprenticeship programs to ensure that building service workers can run their buildings more efficiently by saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He also stressed the need to create pathways out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.

"The new green workforce is going to come out of retraining," said Fishman. "Training is the best way to ensure that our buildings are more efficient and building workers have the skills they need to do the job. Just as importantly, newly created green jobs must pay livable wages."

32BJ’s Thomas Shortman Training Fund has launched an innovative and ambitious green building initiative, called "One Year, One Thousand Supers," to train superintendents, resident managers and porters to become energy efficient building operators certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Building Performance Institute. Building workers learn how to reduce water usage, improve heating and air conditioning performance and reduce overall energy use within common areas of the building. The first class of building service workers in the program is set to graduate this month.

With more than 110,000 members in eight states and the District of Columbia, 32BJ is the largest property services union in the country.

Gee, it looks like this local’s membership went up by 25,000 members just during the time it took to write this press release.

Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 20th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Green Buildings Payback To Union Thugs”

  1. catie says:

    Boy, and I know this is catty-but those are some of the most homeliest people I’ve seen in a long time.
    Can someone please tell me how this “green jobs” scam got to be so “popular” when it’s going to add expense to most people’s homes? But the union thugs sure are a happy, fat lot are they not?

    • Steve says:

      “Can someone please tell me how this “green jobs” scam got to be so “popular””

      That was the point of the post.

      One of the locals of the union that put Obama into power (and other Democrats) wants more money.

    • curvyred says:

      I am wondering the same thing – a mayor of a very small steel town (which is full of mostly long-term unemployed section 8 project dwellers -sorry if that sounds elitist but it is accurate ) is always advertising for “green jobs”


      Video of the mayor:

      The most offensive thing about these ads, is the fact that we could have still had many employed in the steel industry if it was not for the greed of the unions and now they are going to also run the “green industry”, I guess they failed to learn from history so they are doomed to repeat it. Very sad indeed. I was a child during the steel bust – it was a very troubling time in southwestern Pennsylvania.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “WE BE OWED” mentality at work!!

  2. proreason says:

    “Can someone please tell me how this “green jobs” scam got to be so “popular”

    Probably because they don’t own homes, and are too stupid to realize that when the landlord’s costs go up, the rent goes up as well.

    • jobeth says:

      Not for people who get rent subsidies. They get a sliding scale.

      Of course if they are union, one would hope they don’t get those subsidies. But in Obalmyworld, anything is possible,

  3. Odie44 says:

    I am sure everyone who owns a multi million dollar apartment in NYC, who is no longer able to afford it due to the economy and attack on capitalism… is happy the window washer is calling the shots…

    Perhaps during Christmas, the doorman will hand out the fat envelope, instead of the tenants.

    • Steve says:

      These guys don’t just run apartment buildings.

      They run every building, big and small — at least in the states they currently infest.

      So there is a great chance we will all eventually pay in some small way for their “ministrations.”

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    SG: “Gee, it looks like this local’s membership went up by 25,000 members just during the time it took to write this press release.”

    “Why is that?”

    Must be o-blah-blah’s data and statistics team on it. By this time tomorrow, they’ll have 70 kagillion members (most of whom of course, won’t have health insurance).

    … yet!

  5. pianogirl88 says:

    The support staff at the college where I teach in the Peoples Republic of Maryland are all members of this union.

    • proreason says:

      And how do the budding commissars treat you pg?

      Have you had any light bulbs changed lately? How many forms does it require?

  6. pianogirl88 says:

    Actually, they really like me because I’m nice to the staff, bring in brownies on a fairly regular basis, and fudge at Christmas (oops, Holiday) time. I inquire as to how they are doing, try to get to know them by name. All I have to do is to see one or the people in the hall to tell them if I need something done in my office, and it usually gets taken care of.

    • pianogirl88 says:

      I meant to reply to your post, proreason! The college where I teach is rather small by State College standards (fewer than 2,000 students) so my experience might be different if I were teaching in one of the larger schools with thousands of students. Still, chocolate helps a lot!!!

    • proreason says:

      aha….you’ve cracked the code.

      But now, what if you don’t bring them cookies one time when they expect it? You know how they can be about rules.

      At least you know you will be able to depend on ObamyScare to heal you after your attitude adjustment ;-D

    • pianogirl88 says:

      They actually give me a lot of leeway because of my schedule and long (2 hours each way at least 3 x per week) commute. I try to bring treats on the days when we have student recitals scheduled (I accompany those), so they know when to hit the division office looking for the good stuff.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Look at what you’ve started, pg88.
      Now “ALL” the small colleges are going to expect sugary offerings non gratis. I hope you don’t expect to much from Barry Health Scare if you don’t happen to make it through re-education / attitude adjustment time should you forget to sate the horde!

      All my best,

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