Having one’s voice heard in the union is a fundamental right. Career professionals are the backbone of the construction industry, and apprenticeship programs, like Insulators Local 2, stem from the success of hands-on training, personalized mentoring and benefits that help union members thrive in the workplace.
The Construction Employers of America (CEA) says, “Contractors and our building trades union partners invest millions each year on training. That investment has created the best workforce in the world. Our programs train 75% of all construction apprentices in the U.S., and those workers help us deliver projects on-time and under-budget.” The investment on training in construction apprenticeship programs is essential to the logistical dynamics of delivering projects on time and under-budget. Training leads to cost efficient timelines on getting the job done right.
Unfortunately, immoral, anti-union contractors want to dissemble apprenticeship programs, so they can cut corners and boost profits for their own agenda. By doing this, it takes away the credibility and progress that union members have accomplished over generations.
Apprenticeship programs not only provide real-world experience, but it helps aspiring Heat & Frost Insulators and Allied Workers achieve an education along with the security of benefits. Extensive, proactive education boosts confidence and productivity and to complete the work done.
As part of Insulators Local 2’s apprenticeship program, apprentices gain the advantage of 4 Years on-the-job Training, minimum accumulation of 6,000 on-the-job training hours, and 144 hours of related classroom instruction per year. The non-existence of training would result in unethical and marginalized disadvantages in the construction workplace.
It’s time to take action, and use your union voice to combat dishonorable contractors from abandoning training programs for union professionals. Send an email to the Department of Labor in order to take a stance on protecting construction apprenticeships and to exclude the construction industry from business-backed IRAPs!
In addition, share your voice to loved ones by sending them the following steps:
- Send an email right now to the Department of Labor: Tell them to protect construction apprenticeships!
- Find the form here: http://bit.ly/2SQD6fo
Protect the training and benefits that only promotes good for the construction workplace, because at the end of the day, Insulators Local 2 is #UnionProud to fight for our apprenticeship rights!