THERE WAS A MOVEMENT THIS PAST DECADE AMONG COLLEGES RENAMING THEMSELVES AS UNIVERSITIES. THEY DID THIS BECAUSE THEY KNEW THAT THESE VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS WERE GOING TO BE CALLED COLLEGES. WHEN OBAMA SAYS HE IS GOING TO GROW COLLEGE ATTENDANCE HE MEANS HE IS GOING TO TAKE APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING FROM THE UNIONS AND PLACE THEM IN CAREER 'COLLEGES' TIED TO CORPORATIONS. HE IS KILLING A VITAL PART OF THE UNIONS. THIS IS THE SAME TECHNIQUE THEY ARE USING IN KILLING THE POST OFFICE; BREAKING AWAY VITAL OPERATIONS FROM THE UNION GROUPS.
TALKING WITH THE UNION MEMBERS ABOUT THIS I HEAR FROM THEM A STORY OF CURSORY TRAINING PROGRAMS THAT PUT PEOPLE ON THE JOB WITH LITTLE SKILL OR SAFETY TRAINING AND WITHOUT A COMMITMENT TO QUALITY. UNION MEMBERS ON SITE ARE SEEING MORE ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES, MORE SHODDY WORK, AND LESS PROFESSIONALISM SINCE THIS TRANSITION TO CAREER 'COLLEGE' FROM UNION APPRENTICESHIP. THINK OF A DOCTOR GOING TO UMUC FOR THEIR INTERNSHIP AND RESIDENCY. YOU SAY 'OH, THAT'S DIFFERENT' AND I SAY 'NO, IT IS THE SAME'. THESE CAREER VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS ARE DUMBING DOWN OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM AND PLACING PEOPLE IN WORKPLACES WHO ARE OFTEN NOT MEETING STANDARDS.
DO YOU HEAR YOUR UNION LEADERS SHOUTING OUT AGAINST THESE VOCATIONAL TRAINING SCHOOLS AND THE LOSS OF UNION APPRENTICESHIPS AS THE STANDARD? I DON'T. LET THEM KNOW THIS IS NOT THE FUTURE FOR A STRONG UNION. A REAL PROGRESSIVE POLITICIAN WOULD BE SHOUTING OUT AGAINST THIS VOCATIONAL TRACK THAT SIMPLY SERVES AS A CORPORATE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT.
VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT OF OFFICE!!!
HOLD UNION LEADER RESPONSIBLE FOR BACKING THE RIGHT POLITICIAN. RUN A LABOR CANDIDATE!!!
National labor rally to focus on middle class
[The Philadelphia Inquirer] 08/13/2012 5:24 PM ET Aug. 11--
Grammy Award-winning country music star Lucinda Williams will headline a national labor rally on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday.
Starting at 11 a.m., the rally, Workers Stand for America, organized by the AFL-CIO, is intended to draw attention to issues involving the middle class.
"This is about changing the conversation in America," said Liz McElroy, secretary-treasurer of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO. "It's about making sure politicians of all stripes hear us."
Speakers will include Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The DNC angered labor by choosing Charlotte, N.C., in a right-to-work state, for its convention in September.
U.S. Rep. Bob Brady of Philadelphia and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Pennsylvania Democrats, will also speak, as will AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka.
The rally is open to all, union and nonunion workers alike. Organizers expect 20,000 to attend, most arriving on 300 buses from nearby states.
On Friday, union officials including Trumka signed the rally's centerpiece, America's Second Bill of Rights. Organizers will ask politicians to sign the five-point bill, which calls for the right to obtain full employment, participate in the voting process, form unions, receive a quality education, and be able to count on retirement and health-care benefits. The rally is drawing international media attention.
Before joining the rally, 3,000 unionized Verizon Communications Inc. workers plan to protest at 10 a.m. at Ninth and Race Streets at the Verizon building. On strike for two weeks last August, 45,000 employees are working under terms of their former contract. Negotiations are now in federal mediation
THESE PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN THE BACKBONE OF THE UNION MEMBERSHIP. THERE WAS A PROCESS THAT EQUALIZED THE LABOR FORCE. NOW PEOPLE ARE PULLED AND PLACED IN JOBS WITH NO UNION APPRENTICESHIP AND OFTEN QUESTIONABLE TRAINING AT ALL. THIS LEADS TO FAVORITES AND UNQUALIFIED WORKERS AND LOSS OF SENIORITY RIGHTS, ALL OF WHICH ADDS TO DISAGREEMENT AND DERISION.
Apprenticeship Programs with the
Union Building Trades
NOTICE: 27,500 new job opportunities are available from now through 2008!
That's a headline that should generate some interest for students like you who are completing their high school education. And if you read the headline for this article, you shouldn't be surprised that the job opportunities are in the Building Trades (construction). That statistic is taken from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and should be considered by all graduates (yes, even those academic students).
Employment opportunities will hold steady or grow slightly due, in large part, to the aging of the trade workers in the current job market. Since the late 1980's, the share of the construction workforce over 40 years of age has risen from just under 33% to nearly 50%. The expected retirement of many of these experienced workers creates employment opportunities for those entering the job market. An excellent way for new job seekers to get in on the ground floor of career employment is to successfully apply, test (if applicable), and enter one of the fifteen Union Building Trade Apprenticeship Programs in the Greater Pittsburgh area. They are as follows:
- International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC)
- International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers (Boilermakers)
- United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers (Roofers)
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
- International Union of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers (Asbestos Workers)
- International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
- Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA)
- Sheet Metal Workers' International Association (SMWIA)
- Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association of the United States and Canada (OP & CMI)
- United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (United Association or UA)
- International Union of Elevator Constructors (Elevators)
- International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Teamsters)
- United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA)
Union Building Trades Apprenticeship programs vary by craft, but some general conditions exist. The length of the apprenticeship programs ranges from two to five years, with most being 4 years long. These programs usually combine structured, craft related classroom instruction (144 hours/year minimum) with on-the-job training under the supervision of an experienced, journey level worker.
When participating in a Union Building Trades Apprenticeship, the apprentice earns real wages with benefits, not part-time wages without benefits. The starting hourly wage rate for an apprentice is based on a percentage of the journeyman hourly rate (usually in the 50% range), with regular raises every 6 or 12 months (depending on the craft), provided training requirements are met and the necessary work hours accumulated. Journeyman wages roughly range between $18.00/hr. and $29.00/hr. plus benefits (depending on the particular craft). When the benefit package is factored into the formula, the level of compensation rises to a range of $25.00 - $40.00/hour. Items included in the benefit package are health care for the worker and the worker's family, a secure pension plan, and, in many cases, a tax-deferred savings plan.
One might ask, "Do all construction workers enjoy this level of compensation?" The short answer is no, they do not. Only those workers who are skilled, trained, educated, and efficient can command the levels of compensation stated above. It is for this reason that the best opportunity for success in a construction career should begin with a Union Building Trades Apprenticeship program.
High school classes that would be beneficial to an applicant are Algebra I, Geometry, Drafting, Industrial Arts (shop class), and Career and Technical Center (Vo-Tech) programs. Personal qualities that are desirable include dependability, honesty, trustworthiness, reliability, and the ability to communicate well with others.
All programs require a non-refundable application fee, which is generally $20.00 - $25.00. Many programs administer an entrance test, which is used to rank applicants for the selection process. Regardless, strong math skills are helpful to the applicant's success. Additional general requirements include that you:
- Be of legal working age
- Be a high school graduate or
possess a G.E.D.
- Have a valid driver's license
- Have suitable personal
- Be physically capable of
performing the work
- Have good hand-eye coordination
- Be drug-free.
Opportunities for advancement are abundant in the Union Building Trades. Through the use of up-to-date technology and the most current equipment and materials, a worker continues to learn about the craft. This continuing education and training makes the skilled worker competitive and productive. Many programs offer college credit for their apprenticeship training and will fund some post-apprenticeship college courses, allowing the member to receive an associate degree from an affiliated institute of higher education.
All of this is provided with no tuition costs to the apprentice. Funding is provided by a joint apprenticeship and training fund administered by a committee jointly comprised of union and management representatives.
If you want to "learn while you earn" (earn real wages and receive real training), check out the state and federally approved Union Building Trades Apprenticeship Programs. Select those that interest you, and then contact them to find out specific information on their enrollment procedures.
Editorial provided by Lee Libert, Assistant Training Director from The Carpenters' Regional of Greater Pennsylvania.
THESE CURSORY CAREER COURSES ARE SIMILAR TO THE TEACH FOR AMERICA PROGRAMS THAT UNDERMINE UNION TEACHERS. WHAT WAS SERIOUS ON-THE-JOB TRAINING OVER YEARS IS NOW SIMULATED IN A SHORT TIME PERIOD. THESE 'DEGREES' ARE INFUSED WITH A QUASI-ACADEMIC/WORKPLACE TRAINING AGENDA THAT LEAVES THE STUDENT WITH STUDENT DEBT THAT MEETS THE COLLEGE LEVEL, BUT WITH WORK SKILLS AND RESUME THAT WILL ALLOW LITTLE CAREER GROWTH. IT IS BAD FOR THE STUDENT AND IT IS BAD FOR THE PROFESSIONAL TRADES. WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IS THIS: THE TRADES ARE NOT PROFESSIONS THAT DESERVE STRONG WAGES, THE TRADES ARE LABOR AND WILL BE PAID AS A LABORER. THE SAME WITH TEACHERS.
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UNIONIZED TEACHERS ARE ABOUT TO BE REPLACED BY TEACH FOR AMERICA IN CHARTER SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HERE IN BALTIMORE 1,000 ARE SCHEDULE TO START SOON AS THEY WAIT FOR THE MARYLAND LEGISLATURE TO REMOVE THE UNION TEACHERS IN CHARTER SCHOOLS LAW. TEACH FOR AMERICA ARE FINE PEOPLE, THEY JUST DON'T HAVE THE PASSION, THE SKILLS, THE TRAINING THAT MAKES THEM EFFECTIVE IN UNDERSERVED SCHOOLS AND AS THEY ONLY REMAIN IN THIS PROGRAM A FEW YEARS THE TEACHING POPULATION IN UNDERSERVED SCHOOLS REMAINS IN FLUX. IT IS VERY BAD FOR THE STUDENTS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND THE UNION TEACHERS WITH A TEACHING DEGREE. IT LOWERS THE PAY SCALE AND THE LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM JUST AS WITH THE TRADE UNIONISTS. IT IS A PLOT SAYS CHICKEN LITTLE!
SINCE THIS IS A PRIVATIZATION PLAN FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS YOU CAN SEE UNDER ALUMNI THAT MANY GO INTO THE BANKING INDUSTRY.
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VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT!!!!
DO YOU HEAR YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL SHOUTING LOUDLY AND STRONGLY AGAINST THIS?