Our Apprenticeship program is under attack by the Federal Department of Labor. I’m asking all of our brothers and sisters to go to the website listed below and ask to exclude construction apprenticeships from this new proposal. If made final, the proposal would establish a process for creation of “Standards Recognition Entities” (SREs) that would themselves recognize a new classification of apprenticeship programs, “Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs” (IRAPs). IRAPs would not be subject to requirements that our apprenticeship programs and other DOL registered apprenticeship programs are. Please take the time to submit your comments to the DOL in support of the construction industry exemption. Comments are due by Aug 26th.
Here are the instructions:
1. LOG ON
- CLICK YOUR BRANCH
Select the page most appropriate for you by clicking one of the following red boxes at the bottom of the page: Construction Branch – Inside, or All Members, Friends, and Family.
- COMPLETE THE FORM
Scroll down until you see fields for your contact information on the left side of the page if you are on a computer or in the center of the page if you are on a cellular phone. Please complete as many of these fields as you can. The more fields you complete the more individualized your comment letter will be.
- PREVIEW / EDIT
Preview or edit your comment letter by clicking the red “preview” or “edit” buttons located at the bottom of the form. If you choose to edit your comment, please remember to be respectful and limit your comments to the proposed regulation.
- SEND AND SHARE
Once you have reviewed your comment and made any changes you wish, please then hit submit. Your comment will be sent directly to the DOL. You will receive an emailed confirmation when the DOL processes your comment. After you have submitted your comment please share www.saveIBEWapprenticeships.org with your family and friends.