As I said, Maryland is creating a K-career college apprenticeship program to replace public schools and public education. So, all that used to be union apprenticeships are now being made career college apprenticeships---a shortened version of the unions' world-class apprenticeship. Casino employees are being trained by career colleges paid for by taxpayers and now we see IRONWORKERs apprenticeships coming to career colleges in Maryland. Keep in mind the Sparrow's Point Steel Mill was sent into bankruptcy just a few years ago with all those Steel Mill union members and an apprenticeship in place. Now that the Steel Mill is closed it's time for IRONWORKER apprenticeships says Senate Bill 907 by Senator Klausmeier......
This ties with the Baltimore City bill that requires any corporation bidding for Prevailing Wage contracts to have their workforce trained at one of these career college programs. Small businesses will not do this and national and global corporations will not be made to do this so Maryland is setting up a Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council to oversee what was totally in the venue of trade unions. BYE BYE TRADE UNIONS.
What is important to remember is that Trans Pacific Trade Pact will allow global corporations to bring their own labor from developing nations and those nations do not have these kinds of programs-----no matter, these career colleges will be open to any worker and global corporations will share costs of training their employees with US taxpayers.
Mind you----I don't mind trades training----it simply used to be paid for by unions and corporations and it was a 4 year apprenticeship that everyone agrees was quality. Why are we diluting the training while having taxpayers foot the bill?
Republicans have historically fought the trade unions and apprenticeships shouting employers will decide what they want. Now, we are seeing requirements that only the best positioned corporation will be able to afford----it is very BIG CORPORATION AT THE EXPENSE OF SMALL BUSINESS on the taxpayer dime. Keep in mind these laws are for all work done with the state and local government. Keep in mind as well we are getting ready to have an infrastructure bill that will have a national infrastructure project with global corporations taking all the work -----subcontracting to American contractors. Who will be able to bid for these projects? That's right----the big guys.
WHAT IS AN IRONWORKER APPRENTICE? Local Union 550
Apprentices earn while they learn, attending school seven weeks a year for technical and basic hands on training in the trade. While not attending school they are available for work in the field, learning from skilled Journeymen on the job. Apprentices begin earning 60% of Journeyman wages and earn a 5% increase each six months throughout a four year apprenticeship. The cost of the training includes books, which averages $550.
All Apprentices are expected to:
- Present yourself as a professional at all times
- Attend, on time, all school days as attendance is mandatory
- Complete all training requirements and assignments
- Report on time and ready for work every day
- Perform all job tasks diligently and to the best of your ability
- Remain with an assigned contractor until laid off
- Remain drug free and current under the required testing program(s)
- Remain alcohol free during any activities associated with the job or school
- Abide by all provisions of the Standards, Guidelines, and other policies of the program
WHO REGULATES AND OPERATES THE APPRENTICESHIP?
Apprenticeship programs are approved and regulated by the Department of Labor and the Office of Apprenticeship. They monitor approved programs for compliance with Federal regulations, Standards, and equal employment opportunity compliance.
The Ironworkers Training Center is set up under a collective bargaining agreement between the contractors and the union. Funding for the program is provided by a contractual hourly contribution to the Training Fund which is administered by a the JAC. The Ironworkers Joint Apprentice Committee is responsible for establishing procedures, rules, regulations, and the Apprenticeship Standards. They also hire a Training Coordinator, Instructors, and staff to run the day to day operations of the training program.
I was the progressive Democrat shouting out against this job training as community college format and as we see below----free two years in community college simply makes free of cost to corporations all those 'apprenticeship programs'. So, all the money that went into Federal student loans for citizens going anywhere they want now goes to these job training certifications.
Think a little further into the future if Trans Pacific Trade Pact is installed and global corporations are bringing their labor from develoing nations for cheap third world labor how these immigrants will simply move through these free community college job training programs. US taxpayers will in fact be paying for job training for any worker in the world brought to the US to work on Federal and state jobs awarded to global corporations. After that certification that global corporation then will be allowed to work those foreign immigrant workers for what they pay them in that developing world nation.
So, what does that mean for American workers and unions? Well, if you want to work on a Federal, state, or local job awarded to a global corporation----you will work for what that global corporation pays its developing nation worker.
AMERICANS GET TO FOOT THE BILL FOR CERTIFYING THESE TRADE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS AND THEY GET TO WORK ALONG SIDE FOREIGN WORKERS BEING TREATED JUST AS THEY WHERE WORKING IN THAT DEVELOPING NATION.
Now, Hispanic workers in the US had better think----I'm already getting my wages stolen and workplace abuse because I have no rights as citizens----now I get to work alongside an African or Asian worker earning far less than I do now----IT'S POSSIBLE! THAT IS THE GOAL. It is not good for any worker----whether foreign or domestic.
This Bill 907 and the other Apprenticeship Bills along with Obama's policy of free community colleges all tie to Trans Pacific Trade Pact====TPP and are geared to taking American workers to third world status.
Senate Bill 772------Apprenticeship Pilot Program-----Apprenticeship Maryland
Mike Miller, Astle, Benson, Conway, Currie, DeGrange, Edwards, Feldman,Ferguson, Guzzone, Jennings, Kagan, Kasemeyer, King, Klaismeier, Lee, Madaleno, Mathias, McFadden, Middleton, Miller, Peters, Pinsky, Pugh, Ramirez, Rosapepe, Serafini, Simonaire, Waugh, and Young.
See why Maryland Assembly Mike Miller said a few years ago that the State will not be funding public education soon----it is all tied with these vocational tracking of children and these apprenticeship programs controlled by corporations---and global corporations at that-----all determined by testing and evaluations. Now, I don't know why any Republican voter would want this for their school options since they are as set on having a voice in what happens in local schools as progressives are -----but the list of characters above show the Clinton neo-liberals teamed with Republicans and Baltimore City neo-conservatives to create one big K-career college vocational training reporting to global corporations and their needs.
Obama’s free community college tuition plan: Four questions Obama announces free community college plan
(4:44) President Obama discussed a proposal to provide two years of tuition-free community college to "everybody who’s willing to work for it" on Friday in Tennessee.
(WhiteHouse.gov) By Nick Anderson January 9
President Obama’s proposal for tuition-free community college could be “a game-changer,” some education leaders say, if it entices students who hadn’t thought seriously about going to college to reverse course and pursue a degree.
For decades, the federal government has helped students get money for college through Pell Grants and student loans. That has become a cornerstone of college access. Now Obama is urging an unprecedented focus on two-year public colleges with open admissions policies that are already a low-priced gateway to higher education for millions of Americans.
“Put simply, what I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for it,” Obama says in a video the White House released Thursday. “That’s right. Free for everybody who’s willing to work for it.”
IT'S CALLED A UNION APPRENTICESHIP OBAMA!
But the plan, which the president outlined Friday at a community college in Knoxville, Tenn., faces numerous hurdles in Congress, statehouses and even, conceivably, within the higher education community. Here are four big questions.
1) Will Congress approve funding? On Thursday, White House officials declined to answer repeated questions about how much the federal government would have to spend to fulfill the promise of free tuition for qualified students. Then on Friday afternoon, White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters the plan would cost the federal government roughly $60 billion over 10 years.
President Obama delivers remarks at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md., in September 2013. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post) The White House says that the federal government would foot three quarters of the bill and participating states the rest.
The White House also says the plan’s benefits would be the “first dollars” provided as students assemble the resources they need to pay for college. That means other financial aid would augment the plan, helping students pay for books, fees, housing and other expenses.
With Republicans now in charge of both houses of Congress, any new federal program of this magnitude faces a steep path to enactment. “Unless the president has a responsible plan to meet our existing commitments, he shouldn’t be making new promises the American people can’t afford,” said Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee.
2) Will states push back? Obama says his plan is modeled in part on a program in Tennessee enacted under Gov. Bill Haslam (R). The Tennessee Promise, as it is called, is just getting underway. The first beneficiaries of the state’s tuition-free guarantee will enroll in community college in the next school year. There has been big interest among high school seniors, and the state expects thousands to participate.
But the Tennessee program is a “last-dollar” initiative. That means the state provides qualified students the difference between the community college tuition and whatever other grants and scholarships students obtain. It is, as a result, far less expensive than what Obama proposes. And it does not help cover fees, books, housing, transportation and other expenses.
The federal government, in return for its investment, would ask states to share about a quarter of the cost of Obama’s plan.
Obama, according to a White House fact sheet, also wants states to “commit to continue existing investments in higher education; coordinate high schools, community colleges, and four-year institutions to reduce the need for remediation and repeated courses; and allocate a significant portion of funding based on performance, not enrollment alone.”
In other words, there would be some federal conditions if states participate. Whether states would go along with all this is an open question.
3) Will higher ed embrace this? Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education, which represents college presidents, called Obama’s plan “an extremely bold proposal, a potential game-changer that could encourage millions more students to consider, apply and enroll in postsecondary education.”
She added: “There is still much we do not know about the details of this ambitious plan, such as institutional eligibility criteria and the requirements that would be imposed on states that want to participate. But we look forward to working with the Obama administration and Congress to find the best and most effective ways to dramatically boost higher education access and completion rates, especially among low- and lower-middle-income students.”
Community college advocates were thrilled with the announcement because the sector often does not get the attention it merits, considering that public two-year colleges serve nearly 40 percent of all undergraduates.
But many colleges and universities are not directly targeted through this plan.
Andrew P. Kelly, a higher education analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, wrote in Forbes that an exclusive focus on public colleges “could crowd out promising innovations from the private sector.”
The for-profit sector, which operates many two-year colleges and has strong allies on Capitol Hill, would not be covered under the plan, administration officials said. Four-year colleges, public and private, get little mention in the president’s plan even though some institutions now offer both associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, as well as one- and two-year certificates.
Viewed from another angle, four-year colleges would reap significant indirect benefits from a stronger community college system. The two-year colleges are a huge pipeline for transfer students seeking bachelor’s degrees.
Administration officials said as well that their plan would give states some flexibility to steer additional funding to four-year schools in certain circumstances.
Still, the question is whether higher ed as a whole will get behind a plan that targets primarily one sector, albeit a crucial one. For many higher ed leaders, the perennial and preferred vehicle for expanding student access is clear: The federal Pell Grant. Obama in past years has expanded funding for the Pell Grant significantly. But now he is seeking to do something else.
4) How will the public react? Obama is asking the country to think about education in a new way — to make two years of college “as free and universal as high school,” in the words of the White House. That potentially has a powerful appeal.
“This type of proposal tells a kid in loud and clear terms you won’t be shut out of college because of tuition,” said Michael Dannenberg of Education Reform Now, a Democratic-leaning think tank.
This is a Clinton neo-liberal and not a Democratic-leaning think tank!
This is what these apprenticeship programs are tied to-----global apprenticeship programs that global corporations are using to select workers from around the world. It has nothing to do with helping low-income communities and families----it is simply to create a pool of workers from which global corporations will select for employment and then send that worker anywhere in the world to work...INCLUDING AMERICAN WORKERS.
SO THIS IS WHAT THE MARYLAND ASSEMBLY AND GOVERNOR O'MALLEY HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO BUILD---THE TPP GLOBAL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM -----NOW LARRY HOGAN LOVES THAT IDEA!
Think most apprentices will come from local citizens????? REALLY???
Rolls-Royce culls from global youth for apprenticeship program
By Joe McCarthy December 4, 2013
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is opening up its annual apprenticeship program to welcome a new group of aspiring craftsmen and women.
Selected candidates will work alongside employees skilled in leather, wood, paint, engineering and assembly roles beginning August 2014. The brand’s ability to replenish its apprenticeship program acts as a tangible verification of its strong sales numbers and paints the automaker in a favorable light amid a still straggling economy.
“We seek the very best candidates,” said Andrew Ball, corporate communications manager of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Goodwood, Britain.
“Since the launch of the program in 2006, our selection process has been successful in delivering exceptional apprentices, the vast majority of whom have subsequently been employed by the company.”
The apprenticeship program is open to individuals around the world aged 16-24, but the location of the factory in Goodwood, Britain likely means that the majority of applications will be British.
Those who are accepted may spend up to four years in the apprenticeship, receiving on-the-job training and studying for qualification exams that meets the standards of the Learning Skills Council and several local colleges.
Rolls-Royce employed 60 men and women in 2013 for industrial placements that range from six to 12 months, a flexible offer that may be available next year.
The apprenticeship program is also joined by a graduate program that accepts new candidates each year.
Similar to Rolls-Royce, many luxury brands have training programs that bring in hundreds of young applicants a year, which does not indicate a diminishing industry.
Audi employs 2,400 apprentices, who range between 15 and 18 years old. Each year, 715 apprentices complete their education and start a career at Audi, and they’re replaced by 715 more; their retention rate is 100 percent, according to Core77. The article explains that the Audi factory in Ingolstadt, Germany employs 35,000 employees.
Technicians are still widely sought after by luxury automotive brands. Mercedes-Benz offers Elite Start and Elite Advanced programs for aspiring technicians to hone their skills and learn valuable industry knowledge.
BMW plant in Leipzig, Germany
Aston Martin is accepting applications for its graduate engineering and business programs until Nov. 29 (see story).
Rolls-Royce will likely receive applications from around the world due to its active global presence.
For instance, Rolls-Royce is celebrating the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Horse in 2014 with a bespoke “Majestic Horse Collection” that features Ghost models and draws on traditional art.
Although the collection will be available to consumers around the world, it is hard to imagine that the demand from other countries will match the demand brewing in China. The collection is also emblematic of a 103 percent surge in bespoke commissions from the year-ago period in China and likely indicates that these numbers will continue to rise (see story).
Also, Rolls-Royce Motors Cars in Monaco gave prospective consumers an interactive bespoke experience with a studio in Cannes, France that delved into the brand’s history and showcased key models.
The studio aimed to drive people to the showroom in Monaco where they set up test-drives. Setting up a summer studio allowed the automaker to shadow consumers as they travel for vacation while cultivating its reputation in a growing region (see story).
While the apprenticeship program provides young people with viable training, Rolls-Royce benefits from gaining skilled employees.
“Our apprenticeship program is open to all applicants worldwide and we seek the very best candidates,” Mr. Ball said.
“However, many of our apprentices are relatively local, primarily for practical reasons such as travel, work permits, etc.”
Joe McCarthy, editorial assistant on Luxury Daily, New York
THINK THE MINIMUM WAGE IS GOING UP????? THINK AGAIN. THIS WAS WRITTEN FOR BALTIMORE CITY SPONSORED BY A REPUBLICAN.
Senate Bill 3--------State Minimum Wage Rate---Exceptions----Social Services Non-profit Organizations.
Authorizing nonprofit organizations that provide social services to residents of the State and have an annual operating budget of $250,000 or less to pay employees 85% of the State minimum wage or $7.25 per hour; etc.
This is so ridiculous ----it brings more and more Maryland citizens down to third world wages-----if you think $7.25 an hour is bad and if you are already mad that restaurant and hotel workers are being paid a few dollars an hour wage with tips-----look at this bill that seeks to move all of the privatized public sector to this same extremely low wage. Remember, Social Services used to be a public sector job being paid a good wage with benefits----now places like Baltimore have privatized all of social services to these private non-profits representing a huge number of workers----and this bill wants them paid----85% of $7.25.
This is how you bring US workers to third world poverty----job sector by job sector-----Know where this bill will hit the hardest? BALTIMORE CITY. Know who pretended to fight for a higher minimum wage? BALTIMORE. Know who will vote for this bill? WATCH NOW-----ALL OF BALTIMORE CITY POLS!
Eliminating the public sector employees and setting wages at an all-time low. Think the minimum wage laws will go into affect with the coming bond market crash? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Between restaurant workers and now former public sector workers I'm not seeing much difference between what an American worker and an Hispanic worker earns----now, we need to go towards what an African and Asian worker earns for both American and Hispanic workers say the Maryland Assembly and Baltimore City pols!
THINK OF HOW MANY BALTIMORE CITIZENS WILL FALL UNDER THESE CATEGORIES! THESE PRIVATE NON-PROFITS ARE SIMPLY NATIONAL CORPORATIONS FOR THE MOST PART!
SENATE BILL 3
By: Senator Getty
Requested: October 8, 2014
Introduced and read first time: January 14, 2015
Assigned to: Finance
State Minimum Wage Rate – Exceptions – Social Service Nonprofit Organizations
FOR the purpose of authorizing certain nonprofit organizations to pay employees a certain wage; making a stylistic change; and generally relating to exceptions to the State minimum wage rate.
SECTION 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND, That the Laws of Maryland read as follows:
Article – Labor and Employment
(a) In this section, “employer” includes a governmental unit.
(b) Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section and § 3–414 of this subtitle, each employer shall pay:
(1) to each employee who is subject to both the federal Act and this subtitle, at least the greater of:
(i) the minimum wage for that employee under the federal Act; or (ii) the State minimum wage rate set under subsection (c) of this 1 section; and
(2) each other employee who is subject to this subtitle, at least:
(i) the greater of:
1. the highest minimum wage under the federal Act; or
2. the State minimum wage rate set under subsection (c) of this section; or
(ii) a training wage under regulations that the Commissioner adopts that include the conditions and limitations authorized under the federal Fair Labor Standards Amendments of 1989.
(c) The State minimum wage rate is:
(1) for the 6–month period beginning January 1, 2015, $8.00 per hour;
(2) for the 12–month period beginning July 1, 2015, $8.25 per hour;
(3) for the 12–month period beginning July 1, 2016, $8.75 per hour;
(4) for the 12–month period beginning July 1, 2017, $9.25 per hour; and
(5) beginning July 1, 2018, $10.10 per hour.
(d) (1) (i) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection and subject to subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph, an employer may pay an employee a wage that equals a rate of 85% of the State minimum wage established under this section if the employee is under the age of 20 years.
(ii) An employer may pay to an employee the wage provided under subparagraph (i) of this paragraph only for the first 6 months that the employee is employed.
(2) (i) This paragraph applies only to an employer that is:
1. an amusement or a recreational establishment, including a swimming pool, [if the employer] THAT:
[1.] A. operates for no more than 7 months in a calendar year; or[2.] B. for any 6 months during the preceding calendar 1 year, has average receipts that do not exceed one–third of the average receipts for the other 6 months; OR
2. A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT:
A. PROVIDES SOCIAL SERVICES TO RESIDENTS OF THE STATE; AND
B. HAS AN ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET OF $250,000 OR LESS.
(ii) An employer may pay an employee a wage that equals the greater of:
1. 85% of the State minimum wage established under this section; or
SECTION 2. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That this Act shall take effect July 14 1, 2015.