Urgent Message from the General President: Take Action to Protect LIUNA Apprenticeship

Jul 15 2019

TO ALL LIUNA MEMBERS IN THE UNITED STATES

RE: Act Now to Protect LIUNA Apprenticeship and Your Wages and Benefits

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

I am writing to alert you to a grave threat to your livelihood. The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a proposed rule under the National Apprenticeship Act to establish a process for the recognition of a low-standard, non-union industry-operated apprenticeship program called Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs or IRAPs.  IRAPs, if implemented in the construction industry, represent a grave threat not only to LIUNA apprenticeship programs, but to the wages and benefits of every LIUNA member. 

If IRAPs are allowed in the construction industry, job sites will be flooded with lower paid (minimum wage), unskilled non-union workers - undermining our training and apprenticeship programs and your wages and benefits. 

While the proposed rule excludes the construction industry from IRAPs at least initially, LIUNA and our fellow building trades unions’ Registered Apprenticeship programs are far from safe from these low-standards imitators. 

We anticipate that anti-worker industry groups, including the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), will push aggressively to remove that exemption. 

There is every reason to believe that if we do not weigh in aggressively with the Department of Labor, the final rule will create a pathway for IRAPs into the construction sector. 

I am asking you to take action to protect LIUNA apprenticeship programs and our members' wages and benefits. Send a message to the Department of Labor at: 

LIUNAMemberComments.org (Members and Retirees)

LIUNATrainingComments.org (Apprentices and Trainees)

LIUNARepsComments.org (LIUNA Leaders and Reps)

When you go on this site to comment, you will see a subject matter section after you enter your name and information.  This has nothing to do with your member classification, but is intended to customize your message to the Department of Labor. 

Please remember to select just one.

  • Retiree
  • Safety
  • Training
  • Pay & Benefits

We have until August 26 to comment, but don’t wait. Send your message today.

LIUNAMemberComments.org (Members and Retirees)

LIUNATrainingComments.org (Apprentices and Trainees)

LIUNARepsComments.org (LIUNA Leaders and Reps)

United, there is nothing we can’t achieve. It’s up to each and every one of us to fight to protect our jobs, our benefits, and our Union. 

Feel the Power! Be the Power! Use the Power! 

Fraternally yours,

TERRY O’SULLIVAN

General President