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.
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The area meetings are all scheduled. Look forward to seeing you.
All meetings will start at 5:00 PM and run until 7:00 PM
February 19 – Red Wing – Hay Creek, 31655 MN 58, Red Wing
February 28 – Winona – Green Mill, 1025 US-61, Winona
March 5 – Mankato – Mankato Union Hall, 816 South Bend Ave, Mankato
March 7 – Geneva – Georges of Geneva, 116 Central Ave S, Geneva
March 13 – Rochester – Union Hall, 9 – 80th Street SE – Prior to Union meeting
March 19 – Fairmont – Green Mill, 1201 Torgerson Dr, Fairmont
As our current contract is set to expire on June 30, 2019, we’ll be holding local area meetings to get your input for the upcoming contract negotiations. These meetings are very important for us to hear your concerns as we start the negotiating process. Time and locations of the meetings will be mailed to you this week, as well as being posted on the web site and email.
Please try to attend one of the meetings. If you are unable to attend any of the area meetings, we also have an online survey for you to pass your concerns on to us. Clicking on the link below will take you to the survey.
Hope to see you at the meetings.
Riverland Community College has two positions open at the Albert Lea Campus. For more information click on the links below.