Ironworkers Press Releases

IRAPs Momentarily Defeated!
Published on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Aloha Brothers and Sisters,

Yesterday the Department of Labor released their ruling regarding IRAPs, and the Construction Exemption was included in the final rule. This is a huge victory for us as Iron Workers and for our brothers and sisters within the Building Trades. The rule would not have had this protection had it not been for the thousands of comments submitted by Iron Workers, great job! 

The language in the rule that we fought for:

§ 29.30 Scope of Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs Recognition by Standards Recognition Entities (SREs). (a) The Administrator will not recognize as SREs entities that intend to recognize as IRAPs programs that seek to train apprentices to perform construction activities, consisting of: the erecting of buildings and other structures (including additions); heavy construction other than buildings; and alterations, reconstruction, installation, and maintenance and repairs. (b) SREs that obtain recognition from the Administrator are prohibited from recognizing as IRAPs programs that seek to train apprentices to perform construction activities, consisting of: the erecting of buildings and other structures (including additions); heavy construction other than buildings; and alterations, reconstruction, installation, and maintenance and repairs.

 

This rule could be appealed by the ABC, but in the meantime celebrate the success of keeping our Apprenticeship Program safe!