|Posted:||June 19, 2019 01:11 PM|
|From:||Representative Barbara Gleim|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Parity in Apprenticeship Ratios|
|I am preparing to introduce legislation that will amend the Apprenticeship and Training Act to modernize Pennsylvania’s apprenticeship ratio standards.
Like many of you, I have heard from employers who have family-sustaining jobs available, but cannot find the qualified workforce to fill those openings. Many of these companies have apprenticeship programs, so that they can train their own workers – but antiquated regulations severely limit the number of apprentices that can be trained at any given time.
Current regulations require at least 4 supervisors for each apprentice, regardless of the industry. Furthermore, apprenticeship programs operating under a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) can set the ratio of supervisors to apprentices through the CBA, which creates an unfair disparity between union programs and equivalent nonunion programs.
My legislation would take a more nuanced approach to Pennsylvania’s standards to apprenticeship ratios, so that businesses can recruit and train the workers they need, while eliminating preferential treatment for programs with a CBA.
My bill will:
Through this approach, which considers safety, growth and fairness, I believe that we can significantly improve the ability of PA employers to attract and train the talent they need.
I hope that you will join me by co-sponsoring this legislation.
Introduced as HB1746