WASHINGTON, DC – North America’s Building Trades Unions’ President Sean McGarvey issued the following statement marking the end of the formal comment period on the DOL’s proposed rule to dramatically alter the nation’s apprenticeship system with a new proposal known as Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs):
“Our members do not stand alone. Through this
“While the American people were going about their daily lives, working hard and trying to enjoy some time with their families over the summer months, a politically and ideologically motivated attack surfaced, and they responded. Moreover, while they have made their views clear on IRAP’s, they remain concerned about negative signals from the current regime at the Department of Labor led by Acting Secretary Pat Pizzella and Acting Assistant Secretary John Pallasch at the behest of ideologically motivated special interest groups. To be sure, whether they are in Wisconsin, Georgia, Minnesota or Missouri, as they learn more about this and other proposed initiatives by these actors, millions of great Americans are enraged and engaged and will be watching both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue closely to be sure the ideologues do not prevail.
*** North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) is an alliance of 14 national and international unions in the building and construction industry that collectively represent over 3 million skilled craft professionals operating over 1,900 apprenticeship training facilities across North America.