Core Provisions: The Green Jobs Improvement Act (H.R.6220) would amend the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to make non-union training programs eligible for federal funding under the “Green Jobs” program.
The Green Jobs program provides funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy worker training programs. Participation in the Green Jobs program is currently restricted to entities that partner with labor organizations. The proposed legislation would remove this eligibility requirement, opening the energy-oriented training funding to a broader range of employers and training partners. Under the proposed language, the scope of participation would include “industry and may include workforce investment boards, community-based organizations, qualified service and conservation corps, educational institutions, small businesses, public employers, cooperatives, State and local veterans agencies, veterans service organizations, and labor organizations, including joint labor-management training programs.”
Status: H.R. 2026 was introduced by Rep. John Kline (R-MN) on April 22, 2009 and referred to the Committee on Education and Labor. The bill currently has 12 cosponsors. The full text of the bill has not yet been released. Rep. Kline introduced a similar bill in the 110th Congress, but that bill failed to make it out of committee.