DOL Apprenticeship Rule: Member Resource Page
Read TAUC's Official Comments on DOL's Proposed Apprenticeship Rule
Welcome to TAUC's special resource page to keep members updated on the Department of Labor's proposed apprenticeship rule. Please bookmark it (www.tauc.org/irap) and check back often for updates.
On June 25, The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) designed to encourage the creation of new apprentice training programs across a wide variety of industry sectors. These programs are known as Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs, or IRAPs. READ THE PROPOSED RULE
WHY TAUC IS CONCERNED
Expanding the apprenticeship training model to other industries sounds great. But TAUC plans to carefully examine any government proposal, no matter how well-intentioned, that could potentially weaken the effectiveness of our privately funded, registered apprenticeship programs (RAP) and lower training and safety standards across the entire construction industry.
In its proposal, DOL says it has no plans to recognize construction IRAPs that would compete with our privately funded system -- AT LEAST FOR NOW. This, along with other language in the proposed rule, could provide the opening our non-union competitors have been waiting for. Allowing IRAPS in our industry would create confusion and reward those who have avoided the costs and effort needed to train and develop first-rate apprentices and journey people across the construction industry. If this diluted and disjointed apprentice system were permitted in the construction industry, our first-rate programs could become synonymous with second-rate alternatives in the eyes of owners, general contractors and the government. It would also undercut the level playing field currently protected by prevailing wage laws.
READ TAUC's OFFICIAL COMMENTS ON THE RULE
On August 26, TAUC filed comments with the DOL on the proposed apprenticeship rule. READ OUR COMMENTS HERE
SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS
- The final rulemaking should make the construction exemption permanent.
- Construction should be defined to include industrial maintenance.
- If the exemption is not made permanent, the final rulemaking should preclude recognition of Industry Program participants as apprentices for purposes of meeting Davis-Bacon Act wage requirements.