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  • 1 week remaining - URGENT -
    Updated On: Aug 19, 2019


    Brothers and Sisters,

    The Department of Labor has proposed a new regulation - (IRAP) Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program.  This IRAP proposal establishes a system in which a non-union contractor could recognize its own “apprenticeship program” that would NOT be subject to many of the same requirements that our DOL recognized apprenticeships are subject to.  I am asking you to mobilize and submit comments to the DOL in support of the construction industry exemption.

    A website has been set up so all rank & file members, their families and friends can easily submit individualized comments to the DOL.  Comments are DUE BY MIDNIGHT - AUGUST 26, 2019 and can be done in just a few minutes by following these 5 easy steps…

    1.  LOG ON - Visit www.saveIBEWapprenticeships.org

    2.  CLICK YOUR BRANCH - Select the page most appropriate for you by clicking one of the following red boxes at the bottom of the page: Construction Branch INSIDE, Construction Branch OUTSIDE or Other Members/Friends/Family.

    3.  COMPLETE THE FORM – Scroll down until you see fields for your contact information.  Please complete as many of these fields as you can.  The more fields you complete, the more individualized your comment letter will be.

    4.  PREVIEW / EDIT - Preview or edit your comment letter by clicking the red “preview” or “edit” buttons located at the bottom of the form.  If you choose to edit your comment, please remember to be respectful and limit your comments to this proposed regulation.

    5.  SEND & SHARE – Once you have reviewed your comment and made any changes, simply click the “send” box.  Your comment will be sent directly to the DOL.  You will receive an emailed confirmation when the DOL processes your comment.  After you have submitted your comment, please share www.saveIBEWapprenticeships.org with your family and friends.

    This only takes a few minutes and I am personally asking all Local 697 members, retirees, family, friends and our contractor partners to enter an online submission and stop this assault.  The IBEW is taking this threat seriously.  Please spread the message as we are all dependent on each other. 

    Thank you in advance for your commitment and dedication to our industry.

    I wouldn't ask if it wasn't important to all of us.

    In Solidarity,

    Ryan Reithel

    Business Manager/ Financial Secretary

    IBEW Local 697


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