Attention all IBEW Members, Family and Friends!!!!!
“A long apprenticeship is the most logical way to success. The only alternative is overnight stardom, but I can’t give you a formula for that. ”— Chet Atkins
The IBEW desperately needs your help to protect our training programs! There is a pending federal rule that would let businesses run shoddy apprenticeships with minimal standards, oversight and pay. For now, the construction industry is temporarily excluded from the Department of Labor’s proposed Apprenticeship Rule. However, we are unsure if the exemption will be a part of the final regulation. Having public comments being submitted now will help determine whether the exemption stays or goes once a final rule is issued. While unions and allied contractors are pushing to keep the exemption, nonunion builders are eager to eliminate it. They will open up the industry to apprenticeships with lower standards and greater risks.
While this proposed regulation directly impacts all members of the construction branch, it indirectly impacts all members, their families and friends. The IBEW prides itself on its electrical training ALLIANCE training program. These programs have graduated hundreds of thousands of Journeymen Wiremen and Journeymen Linemen. These individuals are our members. Each day they preform their job duties safely and efficiently. They are in part responsible for ensuring our country’s critical infrastructure and emergency response systems are powered. Their training allows them to do so and it impacts all of us.
A website has been created for all members, their families, and friends to easily submit individual comments to the Department of Labor . Please go to this website at https://www.saveibewapprenticeships.org/ and submit comments to the Department of Labor in support for the construction industry exemption. Let your voice be heard and share the message!
In the image below you will see 5 Steps of directions to help assist you on filling out the form. If you need any assistance or help, don’t hesitate to call our office at 865-524-8638. We will be happy to assist you!
You can also read more about the IBEW’s Call for Action on saving our apprenticeships by clicking here.