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File #: R-407-19    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 8/16/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: 8/20/2019 Final action: 8/20/2019
Title: Resolution to Declare Support for Permanent Construction Industry Exemption in U.S. Department of Labor Proposal for Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs); and declaring an emergency.
Attachments: 1. Audio: City Council 8/20/2019
Label
Council President Cherry

Title
Resolution to Declare Support for Permanent Construction Industry Exemption in U.S. Department of Labor Proposal for Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs); and declaring an emergency.

Summary
WHEREAS, for over 100 years, the North America Building Trades Unions (NABTU) have operated the most successful apprenticeship programs in the world, investing $1.6 billion annually on apprenticeships to ensure that the work they perform meets the highest standards of quality. Their commitment to excellence is demonstrated with their over 1,600 registered training facilities located across the country, including 14 located in Northwest Ohio; and

WHEREAS, the Northwest Ohio Building Trades Council and its affiliates represent 15,000 men and women in the construction industry. The Building Trades' Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees programs provide unparalleled training and education focused on safety and quality craftsmanship. Weakening the standards set by established construction industry apprenticeship programs will compromise not only the quality of construction and but will also threaten standards of living throughout Northwest Ohio and the country; and

WHEREAS, the work performed by construction and construction maintenance professionals is extremely dangerous. Protection against the hazardous conditions inherent in the industry requires highly specialized education and training. The men and women performing this work deserve to learn about the best means to adapt to extreme temperatures, use heavy machinery, handle toxic substances, and avoid hazards related to oncoming traffic from the experts who understand the risks intrinsic to the job. The Registered Apprenticeship Programs operated by NABTU are best suited to guard against dangerous conditions and substandard work; and

WHEREAS, on June 25, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a proposed rule establishing an alternative...

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