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INDUSTRY RECOGNIZED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS: BAD FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a rule that would allow private entities like employers and trade associations to self-certify apprenticeship programs. These programs would be referred to as Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs or IRAPs.

What is an IRAP?

IRAPs are “apprenticeship programs” that are not registered with a state or the DOL. IRAPs would be approved by private industry entities and would not fall under the same requirements as current DOL or state registered apprenticeship programs. IRAPs differ significantly from our Registered Joint Apprenticeship Programs. Our programs help recruit, train and retain workers through progressive wage increases; apprentice-to-journeyman ratios that promote safety; quality assurance assessments by the government; uniform standards; mandatory safety training; instructor eligibility requirements; and transparency requirements.… Read more... “INDUSTRY RECOGNIZED APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS: BAD FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY”

Vote on April 5th!

your_vote_counts_button_31April 5, Spring Primary Election – Statewide!

Polls will be open 7:00am-8:00pm, statewide, on Tuesday, April 5.

You can also vote early at your municipal clerk’s office, from now through Friday, April 1.

Do you have a valid Wisconsin drivers license or Wisconsin photo ID? You will need it to vote.

Voter ID info for everyone (including seniors and college students).

Local 159 has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president, and Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin Supreme Court. There are also many local races on the ballot. Locate your polling place and sample ballot by clicking here.

Who are the candidates, and where do they stand on the issues? Check out the Candidates’ Answers.

The City of Madison still needs to hire poll workers.… Read more... “Vote on April 5th!”

Licensure Bill: Wisconsin Act 143


Wisconsin Act 143

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2013 Assem bly Bill 683

Date of enactment: March 19, 2014

Date of publication*: March 20, 2014

2013 WISCONSIN ACT 143

AN ACT to repeal 101.87 (5); to renumber and amend 101.88 (2); to amend 101.82 (lm), 101.82 (1r), 101.82 (3r),

101.84 (3), 101.862 (title), 101.862 (2), 101.862 (4) (b), 101.862 (4) (f), 101.862 (4) (g), 101.87 (title), 101.87 (1)

(intro.), 101.87 (l)(a) and 101.87 ( l )(b); and to create 101.80 ( I p), 101.82 (lg), 101.82 ( ln), 101.84 (5), 101.862

(4) (am), 101.862 (4) (n), 101.862 (5), 101.862 (6), 101.868, 101.87 (2m) and (3m), 101.874, 101.875 (title) and

101.875 (2) of the statutes; relating to: licensing structure for electricians and electrical apprentices; reciprocal agreements between this state and other states relating to the regulation of electricians, electrical contractors, electri¬≠ cal inspectors, and electrical apprentices; exemptions from licensing and supervisory requirements for electricians; inspections of electrical work within ce1iain facilities; and granting rule-making authority.… Read more... “Licensure Bill: Wisconsin Act 143”

Anti-Worker Legislation

The Destruction of Overtime Protection Bill, Assembly Bill 611, would abolish hard-fought overtime protections and wage rights for workers.  Instead of fairly compensating an employee for overtime hours worked by paying an employee time and a half in wages, employers will be able to instead give an employee comp time and have final say over when comp time is used.  The Assembly Labor Committee held a public hearing on AB611 on February 12. This bill is currently still in the Assembly Labor Committee. Keep the pressure up and tell your legislators you don’t want this bill to advance any further today! 

Like weekends?  The 7-Day Work Week Bill, Assembly Bill 667, has been introduced in the state Senate as Senate Bill 508.Read more... “Anti-Worker Legislation”