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The Department of Labor (DOL) has officially announced that it will make available $100 million in grants to help registered apprenticeship programs expand their training. In a November visit to Building Pathways, a Building Trades union program in Boston, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said: “For the first time, the DOL, in our efforts to lift up apprenticeship and double the number of apprentices in the next five years, will put out a competitive grant program.”
Last week the Boston Herald ran a column driven by the conservative Pioneer Institute's long running effort to cut the pay of construction workers and police officers. Read the response by Mass Building Trades Council President Frank Callahan which appeared in the Herald.
Plainridge Park Casino has met or exceeded almost all its goals for diversity in hiring and spending on its $225 million construction project. "We share a strong commitment to ensure diversity in the construction of the facility with the Mass. Gaming Commission, our construction management firm and the Massachusetts Building Trades Council," said VP of Public Affairs Eric Schippers.
Steve Kroft reports on why our roads, bridges, airports and rail are outdated and need to be fixed. "Politicians in Washington don't have the political courage to say, 'This is what we have to do.'" said Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
"Today, I am proud to announce that we have fulfilled our commitment to raise $5 million in five years for the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami," said Sean McGarvey, President of North America's Building Trades Unions. "Not only did we meet our objective, but we did so in the throes of one of the worst economies we have seen in a generation, and we accomplished this feat over a year early."
In Massachusetts, the Sheet Metal Workers was the first to register its apprenticeship program in the state in 1952. While visiting the state on Nov. 17, Secretary Perez dropped by the Sheet Metal Workers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee facility in Dorchester, Mass. The program is a leader in expanding apprenticeship training to under-represented communities through partnerships that include the Building Pathways Program, the department's Women Apprentices in Non-Traditional Occupations, and Helmets to Hardhats for veterans.
The following statement was released today by Sean McGarvey, President of North America's Building Trades Unions, upon the defeat in the U.S. Senate of S. 2280.
"The 3 million skilled craft professionals that comprise North America's Building Trades Unions are disappointed that the United States Senate rejected massive, middle class jobs legislation that would have provided the necessary clearance for the Keystone XL pipeline.
About 410,000 people are working are apprentices nationwide, a Labor Department spokesman said. At the Joseph W. Joyce Apprenticeship Training Center in Dorchester, Perez discussed how he would promote similar joint efforts nationally, said John Healy, training director for the Sheet Metal Workers, Local 17. Healy said his training center currently has about 200 apprentices enrolled in its five-year program.