The DOL recently released their proposed rule to expand apprenticeship programs in the U.S. through an Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP). The regulation creates a parallel track of apprenticeship that no longer has to go through the process of registering and maintaining accountability to the DOL’s Office of Apprenticeship or a State Apprenticeship Council. The current proposal excludes construction, and does not allow the parallel system to exist in the sector. But, we need to make sure the exclusion stays in place in the final version of the rule. If this rule allows Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs into construction, there will be a massive hole blown in prevailing-wage laws. We cannot allow this back-door attack on prevailing wages and apprenticeship.
It’s time to make our voices heard and stop the assault on our training and don’t allow anti-union contractors to destroy our apprenticeship programs by lowering our standards and cutting corners!
We encourage all IUOE members to send an email to the Department of Labor and tell them to protect IUOE apprenticeship programs. Visit SaveIUOEApprenticeships.org today! Deadline is August 26, 2019.