Apprenticeship

Decorated Iraq War Veteran on Apprenticeship: “No one can relate to what I did over there, but these guys come really close.”

Decorated Iraq War Veteran on Apprenticeship: “No one can relate to what I did over there, but these guys come really close.”
Laborpress.org recently featured decorated war veteran and Ironworkers Local 361 apprentice Rob LeFurgy, whose shot at union membership was vital to him transitioning back into civilian life. LeFurgy began his career path after learning about the Helmets to Hardhats program. “This union turned my life around,” he said. “No one can relate to what I did over there, but these guys come really close.”
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Op-Ed: Young Workers & Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life, Apprenticeship Crucial

Op-Ed: Young Workers & Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life, Apprenticeship  Crucial
In The Daytona Daily News, professor Rick Sheridan touts apprenticeship programs arguing that they offer a vital alternative to college for those seeking a middle class lifestyle. Sheridan notes that while the average college student will graduate with $30,000 in debt, the average apprentice will earn solid wages while learning a craft debt-free. Globally, America is lagging in the apprenticeship department with respect to young people
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Building Trades Pres: Businesses in “Right-to-Work” Wisconsin “May Not Be Able to Find Any Skilled Workers”

Building Trades Pres: Businesses in “Right-to-Work” Wisconsin “May Not Be Able to Find Any Skilled Workers”
In a brief letter to the editor of the New York Times, North America’s Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey explained that “Right-to-Work” results in a drop in skilled labor. He questions the idea of attracting businesses to Wisconsin by thwarting workers, suggesting, “Companies and whole industries from Texas to Florida are having to look North for the skilled craft professionals needed to get these projects done safely and efficiently, because the training infrastructure in that region has gone away.” The op-ed appears in its entirety below.
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NY State Considers Allowing Technical, Skilled Trades as Core Subjects for High School Graduation

NY State Considers Allowing Technical, Skilled Trades as Core Subjects for High School Graduation
In New York, the state Board of Regents is considering allowing high school students who take technical and career oriented classes to replace one of the five core regents exams with a “career pathway assessment.” Advocates say that the change would positively affect dropout rates and test scores, and help students toward the careers they want the most. The changes will be considered at the board’s meeting later this month.
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Higher Learning: College Costs Have Risen 1,225% Over 36 Years

Higher Learning: College Costs Have Risen 1,225% Over 36 Years
The accompanying chart shows that college tuition costs have ballooned 13-fold since 1978. In that 36-year period tuition has risen 1,225 percent. By contrast, medical costs have risen 634 percent and the Consumer Price Index has risen just 279 percent. That apprenticeship suddenly doesn't seem like such a bad idea.
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ANALYST: 'It’s Cheap to Say There is a Mismatch in Skills'

ANALYST: 'It’s Cheap to Say There is a Mismatch in Skills'
The latest “business conditions” survey from the National Association of Business Economics shows an improving economic outlook with higher levels of growth and dropping unemployment. The majority of survey participants represent companies with more than 100 employees and 40 percent represent firms with over 1,000 workers. The survey also showed that wages are rising and echoed arguments made by Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen that discouraged workers would return to the labor force when the economy improved.
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Labor Could Turn Tide of Heated St. Louis Primary as Incumbent Labeled Aggressively 'Anti-Union'

Labor Could Turn Tide of Heated St. Louis Primary as Incumbent Labeled Aggressively 'Anti-Union'
St. Louis County Council member Steve Stenger is asking labor to help him in his bid to become County Executive, claiming incumbent Charlie Dooley’s anti-union record should be enough to encourage union members to get out the vote. With low turnout likely (65,000 of the county’s 700,000+ voters are expected to make it to the polls for the August 5th Democratic primary), every vote will count.
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Wage Attacks Ignore Important Context for Why Skilled Workers are Paid What They’re Paid

Wage Attacks Ignore Important Context for Why Skilled Workers are Paid What They’re Paid
In response to a Seattle Times article that looked into Boeing’s plan to capture an extra $100 million annually by transferring 1,100 jobs from their Puget Sound facility to a “Right-to-Work” state, Mill Creek, Washington, resident and union carpenter Ed Armstrong penned an impassioned defense of prevailing wages and skilled labor. In “Quality Workers are Worth Paying For,” Armstrong explains how anti-union resentment creates a negative, local trickle-down effect and is ageist.
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While the Clippers Battle Race Stigma, the Kings are Getting Minority Workers Into Union Apprenticeships

While the Clippers Battle Race Stigma, the Kings are Getting Minority Workers Into Union Apprenticeships
The Sacramento Kings held a training and outreach session with the Community Workforce Pipeline to finalize plans for a Priority Apprenticeship Program that will seek to employ 70 apprentices during the construction of the Kings new $477 million arena. Most eligible workers will come from high-need backgrounds and neighborhoods.
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Biden Touts Apprenticeship, National Standard for Earning Academic Credit Through Skilled Trades

Biden Touts Apprenticeship, National Standard for Earning Academic Credit Through Skilled Trades
Speaking at the American Association of Community Colleges convention, Vice President Joe Biden announced a national program that would allow participants in apprenticeship programs to receive academic credit for their experience.
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