Union Laborer apprenticeship and training programs give labor the quality edge. This protects union jobs and creates a pathway for young people to the trade. The Trump Administration’s Department of Labor is proposing a new program that would undercut union apprenticeship.
The new Department of Labor rules would allow:
Apprentices paid the minimum wage, no required benefits, for their entire apprenticeship. Laborer apprentices make a portion of our union wage, with an annual increase as they complete their classes and work hours;
No ratio of apprentices to journey workers; right now, union contracts allow an apprentice in proportion to journey workers. This new rule would allow 100% “apprentice” workforces;
Quality training – union apprenticeship programs require federal certification and must report minority participation rates. Reporting is not required under the new rules and training can be provided by a community college or an “on-line site.”
From now until August 25, citizens and comment on these proposed rules. Supporters need to emphasize quality, union apprenticeship training. On one's phone or computer, go to
At this official LiUNA site, one simply enters your data and years of membership; comments will automatically go to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Apprenticeship is the union difference. Allowing lower apprenticeship standards will give non-union contractors the edge to underbid your job. Family members and supporters are also encouraged to log in to protect union quality employment.