Protect Our Apprenticeship!
The Department of Labor (DOL) recently released a proposed rule to expand apprenticeship programs. The regulation creates a parallel track of apprenticeship that no longer has to go through the process of registering and maintaining accountability to the Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship or a State Apprenticeship Council.
If this policy is confirmed, this would also allow contractors to only pay apprentices the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 an hour.
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.
Unscrupulous contractors have been using apprenticeship as a way to evade federal and state prevailing-wage laws for years. They lie about whether an apprentice is actually registered. It’s the only way a worker on a public-works project can be paid less than the prevailing wage.
We cannot allow this back-door attack on prevailing wages and apprenticeship.
The IUOE invests over $180 million in training each year. IUOE Local Unions sponsor 100 apprenticeship and training programs at 127 training sites.
Together we can beat back the attacks on our apprenticeship programs by powerful special interests and anti-union contractors, who want to undermine our training standards and our prevailing-wage laws!
DON’T LET THEM!
Share you message below. We’re asking our members and our family and friends to let the DOL know that our jobs are important and they should protect our apprenticeships and future members.
IUOE Members https://www.saveiuoeapprenticeships.org
Women in the Trades https://www.protecttradeswomen.org
Friends and Family https://www.saveconstructionapprenticeships.org