2017-04-26 / Front Page

De Blasio Announces 3,000 New Construction Jobs

By Joyce Vetere Milowski and Dr. Dan Miller

Mayor Di Blasio is joined by Building & Construction Trades Council President Gary Barbara and members of the different trades unions for his announcement at their training facility in Long Island City that they will begin the training of 3,000 new trades workers in July at this magnificent training g=facility in Queens.

Photo Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESMayor Di Blasio is joined by Building & Construction Trades Council President Gary Barbara and members of the different trades unions for his announcement at their training facility in Long Island City that they will begin the training of 3,000 new trades workers in July at this magnificent training g=facility in Queens. Photo Dan Miller/DMD IMAGESOn Saturday April 22 New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio joined visited the Local 3 training facility in Long Island City and along with Gary LaBarbara President of the Building & Construction Trades Council off Greater New York announced the launching of NYC Green Jobs Corp Training for 3,000 new construction workers.

Standing with the mayor on Earth Day were members of the different unions that make up the Building & Trades Council of Greater New York.   The Mayor said, “Earth Day is not something we’re supposed to just talk about, it’s something we’re supposed to take action about., it’s about something we’re supposed to be serious about.” “We have this visual that points out some crucial- 3,000 green jobs.”

Speaking to Council member Jimmy Van Bramer the mayor said, “I know how much of an environmentalist you are… The City Council has been there every step of the way. Making sure that’s going to happen. Let’s thank Jimmy Van Bramer.

To Chris Erikson head of the construction training unit in Long Island City the mayor said, “ Thank you for hosting us in this extraordinary facility. This is what the future workforce of New York City looks like… It is right here in this amazing facility.

A tour of a classroom where trainees were seen working on tasks on electrical p anel boards set up to train them in to become future electricians as well as other trade professions.

“The first group of 200 New Yorkers will get the training and they’ll be ready to go on this lifelong path having a great job and helping the Earth at the same time. The mayor pointed out that he recently spoke at the Unted Nations about global warming and gsaving the environment. “ The global standard is to reduce emissions by 80% by the year 2050, and New York City will get there, plain as that.” The mayor added, “ We are devoted to that goal and we will make sure we achieve that goal, because we have to, we have to for our children and grandchildren.”

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