Plumbers and Fitters Union Local 675
plumbers and fitters union local 675

Proposal for Regulating Apprentice Programs

Urgent Notice was sent out last month to our Local 675 membership at the request of General President Mark McManus regarding assistance to save our UA Apprenticeship Programs. Email sites were established so all UA members could send an email to the Department of Labor telling them to protect UA apprenticeships.

In June, the DOL proposed regulations to implement Industry- Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs). The new IRAP system would give private organizations, such as employers and trade associations, free rein to create new watered-down standards and certify subpar apprenticeship programs. McManus stated, "The UA spends $250 million each year on training. In doing so, we've created the best workforce in the world of piping professionals. We're Built on Excellence and that's rooted in our apprenticeship training. We get the job done on time and on budget because of the level of skill our members bring to every job." He further stated, "Now greedy anti-union contractors want to destroy our apprenticeship programs so they can cut corners and boost their own profits. They want the DOL to undermine every element of our apprenticeship programs. We can't let that happen."

Because of the overwhelming response nation-wide, our voices were heard. "I am proud of the support of our membership who are good skilled tradespeople and understand the importance of safety on the job," Business Manager Val Ceria said.

Plumbers & Fitters UA Local Union 675 - 1109 Bethel Street, Lower Level - Honolulu, Hawaii 96813-2218 - Tel: 808-536-5454 - FAX: 808-528-2629