Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust

Expanding Job Opportunities for Ironworkers and their Contractors

Just wanted to say that Mark, Michael and Stuart from FMI and Trevor from PWC did an excellent job engaging the classroom in discussion each day, and had a great program format for teaching. The information they brought forward was extremely useful now as I'm sure it will be throughout my career. This was only my 2nd IMPACT course that I have attended, I would like to commend IMPACT on organizing these events for Ironworkers and contractors alike, IMPACT always put on an amazing program, and does a very good job at making these events comfortable and welcoming to attend. I plan to attend more IMPACT events as the information is always very useful and IMPACT does a great job of finding the right instructors for the occasion. I would like to thank everyone at IMPACT for the work they do to set these events up and providing the opportunity to attend these courses.


Jacob Wicks
Chief Estimator
JCT Metals Inc.



Senate Democrats Oppose Industry-Recognized Apprenticeships

By Andrew Kreighbaum

Forty-three Senate Democrats, as well as Independents Bernie Sanders and Angus King, wrote Monday that a Trump administration proposal to create a system of industry-recognized apprenticeships would undermine current protections involving workplace safety, wages and quality.

The senators wrote in a letter to acting labor secretary Patrick Pizzella that the proposal “would create a parallel system that outsources the secretary’s statutory role in overseeing the nation’s registered apprenticeship programs to unaccountable, nongovernmental entities.”

The administration proposed a new rule in June to establish the industry-recognized apprenticeships, which would function in parallel with the federally recognized apprenticeship program. A task force convened by then labor secretary Alex Acosta released a report last year that recommended eventually adopting the industry-recognized model.

The Democrats wrote that the Trump administration has presented no evidence that industry-recognized apprenticeships would be more effective than the existing registered apprenticeship program. They called for a 60-day extension of the public comment period for the rule.

Last week, Sanders, one of the candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, tweeted his support for unions opposing the rule.

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