Greater Kansas City AFL CIO
1021 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City, MO 64105
Pat is a life-long resident of Kansas City, Missouri. His professional career began when he joined the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department and became a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local #42 in 1987.
Pat received his first of many promotions on the Fire Department in 1991 when he was promoted to Driver. In 1995 he was promoted to Captain and in 2001 he became Battalion Chief, the position in the Fire Department that he continues to hold today. Upon being promoted to Battalion Chief, Pat became a member of IAFF Local #3808 and was elected as Secretary/Treasurer of that local in 2002. In 2004, the members of IAFF Local #3808 elected Pat as the President of their local, a role he still fills. Throughout his years of service on the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department, Pat has received numerous citations and awards recognizing him for acts above and beyond the call of duty. In 2005 Pat was appointed, and later elected, as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO. In addition to his service on the Fire Department, Pat held this position until 2010 when he was appointed President of the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO.
While holding a position of a Local Union President and a Local Labor Council President, Pat continues to serve his 24-hour shifts with the Kansas City Fire Department, fighting fires, responding to traffic emergencies, acting as a Certified Emergency Medical Technician and providing front-line protection for Kansas City, Missouri’s Midtown residents.
Reginald L. Thomas, Secretary-Treasurer, LIUNA Local 264
1101 East 87th Street, Suite 103
Kansas City, MO 64131
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Kansas City might be home to some groundbreaking green solutions, but the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO has largely failed to capitalize on green job opportunities. Nowhere on the GKC CLC website is there any mention of “green jobs,” “environment,” “energy,” etc.
One such perfect opportunity is through the Green Impact Zone, an innovation of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.). Rep Cleaver thought of a brilliant way to use the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to create jobs in inner city Kansas City and green the area. “The city would create a 150-block ‘Green Impact Zone,’ where federal dollars could spur the renewal of a poor and dilapidated area by creating a program to put residents to work weatherizing thousands of neighborhood homes.” The only indirect involvement of the Kansas City CLC in this project appears to be through Greater Kansas City Building and Trades Council who participated informational conversations about the program to see if they could help work out the logistics of recruitment (see appendix).
Grant Award #: 2J 97708901
Quarterly Report Period October 1, 2009 – December 31, 2009
Program Abstract: The Kansas City Metropolitan EPA ARRA Brownfields Job Training Partnership targets historically underrepresented, unemployed or under-employed residents who live in or near brownfield communities in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, including the City of Independence and Kansas City’s designated Green Impact Zone. This training partnership is distinctive for:
- linking organizations together across municipal lines to provide recruitment, training and placement services in the regional economy
- building the organizational infrastructure, resources and workforce to expand the green economy in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
The program will provide job training for careers in environmental remediation and energy conservation, while fostering economic improvement, worker health and safety, environmental awareness and stewardship in participants and their communities.
A total of 92 students will be trained and 75% will be placed in training-related jobs during the grant period. During the third program year, we will offer refresher training to all program graduates and conduct tracking and post-placement follow-up. An important by-product of this initiative will be a piloted, standardized and replicable worker-level curriculum in energy conservation, specifically weatherization.
OAI’s Cooperative Agreement was formally approved by the EPA on October 1, 2009, officially launching the project. The following report summarizes our progress in meeting program objectives for the period ending December 31, 2009.
1) Documentation of progress in meeting the outputs/outcomes listed in the Final Work Plan
- Train a total of 92 participants during the first two years.
During the first quarter, we implemented the outreach and recruitment phase for the first training cycle.Outreach – Individual and group meetings were conducted with organizational stakeholders to inform them of the program, work out the logistics of recruitment and respond to questions. The following organizations were directly involved in these conversations:
- Ivanhoe Neighborhood Center
- YWCA of Greater Kansas City
- Women’s Employment Network
- Excelsior Springs Job Corps
- City of Kansas City, Missouri: City Manager’s Office, Youth Advocacy Office, Office of Brownfields Programs, Department of Human Resources, City Council, Office of Environmental Quality
- City of Independence, Missouri – Department of Community Development
- Jackson County, Missouri – County Executive’s Office
- Independence, Missouri School District
- Habitat for Humanity of Greater Kansas City
- Mid-America Regional Council
- Missouri Probation and Parole
- Connections to Success
- US Probation and Pre-Trial Services
- Missouri Reentry Program
- Missouri Career Centers
- Metropolitan Energy Center
- Green Impact Zone
- Local Investment Commission: Caring Communities, Welfare-to-Work and “Aging Out of Foster Care” Programs
- Second Chance Foundation
- Independence Council on Economic Development
- Drumm Farm & the Andrew Drumm Institute
- Kansas City Builders Association
- Greater Kansas City Building and Trades Council, AFL-CIO
In addition to agency contacts, the program was advertised through the newspaper, the application was posted to the city website, and project staff participated in a radio interview.
Recruitment – After screening applications in accordance with basic program criteria, eligible applicants were invited to an Orientation Session to explain the training process and discuss the types of jobs available with the certifications we offer. Those individuals who attended the Orientation Session and submitted all necessary documents were invited to participate in Try-Outs that were designed to test the training candidates in a series of physical, mental and interpersonal activities and challenges as a way to determine the candidates most likely to succeed in the training program and in the remediation industry.
- Provide graduates with necessary placement support, i.e., physicals, FIT tests, drug testing, licensing fees, work gear, and hand tools as needed to ensure job placement, retention and sustainable employment.
Based upon the Try-Outs, 29 people were called back to complete background checks, physicals and drug tests as a final screen for their eligibility. The Kansas City, Missouri Human Resource Department handled background checks and scheduled physicals and drug tests with a local health care provider.
- Adapt a worker level curriculum in energy conservation – A Request for Quotes was issued to the Metropolitan Community Colleges (MCC), the Metropolitan Energy Center, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Missouri Career Centers to support the project in developing a worker level curriculum in energy conversation focusing on home weatherization. Based upon the response to this RFQ, OAI has decided to work with the Metropolitan Energy Center to formalize and extend their existing home weatherization curriculum as the blueprint for a regional standard. Metropolitan Community Colleges (MCC) has expressed interest in working with OAI to develop a credit track that would incorporate OAI’s training in remediation and energy conservation into an Associate’s Degree program at the Metropolitan Community Colleges. This would provide our trainees with opportunities for further advancement beyond the training period. We intend to pursue these conversations with MCC over the coming year.
- Leverage additional resources – Substantial in-kind resources were solicited and obtained in order to make this project successful. These include:a) Facilities – Facility space and utilities were provided free of charge by the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council, the Habitat for Humanity, and the City of Kansas City for Stakeholders meetings, Orientation Session and Try-Outs.b) Support Services – Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) was administered by Kansas City’s Youth Advocacy Office and the Human Resource Department.c) Recruitment and Referral – The Kansas City Youth Advocacy Office developed and disseminated recruitment/marketing materials. Numerous collaborating organizations assisted prospective candidates in obtaining program applications and in compiling necessary support documents.
In addition, Connections to Success and the Kansas City Youth Advocacy Office will provide free of charge Soft-skills Training, which includes personality inventory, job readiness skills, resume preparation and interview skills coaching to training participants, during the next quarter:
In addition to in-kind resources, initial exploratory conversations have been conducted with the following agencies to identify and pursue longer-term funding: U.S. Department of Labor – Women’s Division; Kansas City Office of Environmental Quality; and the Independence Community Development Department.