February 3, 2012 - ALBANY — The Capital Region has its first "green" local for a labor union, with workers specializing in weatherization and other green jobs.
The first seven members of Green Jobs Local 58 graduated Friday from Eastern New York Laborers Training Center in Glenmont.
"This the first local in the area exclusively for green jobs," said Frank Marchese Jr., the local's business manager. It was chartered last summer by Laborers International Union of North America.
Marchese said the local's members came from the Peter Young Housing Industries and Treatment organization, which helps people with substance abuse issues get treatment, housing and employment. The trainees had to be clean and sober for at least six months to be eligible for the program. read more>>>