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January 8, 2013 - Minutes of Public Meetings - Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program

 

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Mr. William C. Taylor called the Council meeting to order at 9:09 a.m. at the Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc., Chesapeake Chapter, 8751 Freestate Drive, Suite 250, Laurel, Maryland 20723 and welcomed all Council members, staff and guests in attendance. He thanked Mr. Shmelzer and the Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc., Chesapeake Chapter for hosting the Council meeting at their facility. Mr. Shmelzer noted that they had moved into their new facility in August of 2012 and were still working on some items to complete the building. He offered to provide a tour of their facility at the close of the meeting for those who were interested. Mr. Shmelzer introduced Mr. Barry Kindt, an I.E.C. member of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter and Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania Apprenticeship Council, who was in attendance to observe the Council meeting.

Mr. William Taylor informed Council members that Deyanira Alcantira had resigned her position as a Consultant to the Council for personal and professional reasons and wished her well in the future.

PRESENT:

COUNCIL MEMBERS:
William C. Taylor - Chairperson/Public Representative
James A. Williams, Sr. - Public Representative
Larry R. Greenhill, Sr. - Employee Representative
Michael J. McNelly - Employee Representative
David W. Norfolk - Employee Representative
Rosie L.D. Pointer - Employee Representative
Robert F. Yeatman, Jr. - Employee Representative
Michelle L. Butt - Employer Representative
Christopher F. Kelly, Sr. - Employer Representative
George Maloney - Employer Representative
Grant Shmelzer - Employer Representative

Robert H. Laudeman - USDL/OA Ex Officio Consultant to the Council

OTHERS:
C. Edward Poarch II - MATP
Kelton Addison - MATP
Charles Buttiglieri - MATP
Karl J. Matzdorf - MATP
William W. Saxman - MATP
John P. Taylor - MATP
Michael L. Alexander - Baltimore City Joint Apprenticeship Committee
Beth M. Arman - Community College of Baltimore County
William J. Bailey - Finishing Trades Institute of Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Vicinities
Jenny Baker - DLLR/OAG
Christi Buker - I.E.C. of Central Pennsylvania
Kevin M. Donohue - Mid-Atlantic Carpenters' Training Centers
Angelica Faulkner - Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Chesapeake Shores Chapter
Dennis R. Felts - Harford County Electrical Contractors Association, Inc.
Dr. Ricky C. Godbolt - College of Southern Maryland
Ed Hersl - I.E.C. Chesapeake, Inc.
Lisa D. Johnson - Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Metropolitan Washington Chapter
Barry Kindt - SECCO, Inc.
Patricia Mikos - MSDE
Sean Myers - Washington, D.C. Electricians JATC, I.B.E.W. Local No. 26
Jason C. Roberts - Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Metropolitan Washington Chapter
Edward Whalen - Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 100 JATC, Baltimore, Maryland Area

I. The minutes of the November 13, 2012 Council meeting were approved as submitted.

II. DIRECTORS' REPORT:

A. Mr. Poarch provided Council members with an update on the Apprenticeship Training Fund that was passed by the legislature in 2009. He stated that there had been a public hearing on the proposed regulations for the implementation of the fund on January 7, 2013 and that no testimony had been given during that hearing. He added that the fund would be implemented once final regulations have been adopted and that all covered projects going forward after then would have language in the contracts pertaining to the fund. Ms. Baker added that the public comment period on the proposed regulations was still open and that written comments would continue to be accepted up until Monday, January 14, 2013. Mr. Shmelzer suggested that in the future, Council members be informed of public hearings so that they could lend their support to the initiatives.

B. Mr. Shmelzer inquired about the status of the taskforce to study apprenticeship and economic development that had been created by legislature in 2012. Mr. Poarch responded that he did not have any new information to provide to the Council on this but would do so when he has received any new information.

III. NEW BUSINESS:

A. NEW PROGRAMS

1. Dedicated Circuits, LLC (Alfred M. FitzSimons) – Occupation of Electrician. Related instruction to be through Sussex Tech Adult Division in Georgetown, De. [Printed Standards Forms]

Mr. William Taylor informed Council members that he had been informed that the person who was to represent this company was not able to attend the Council meeting.

A motion to table this request until the March 12, 2013 Council meeting was made by Mr. Yeatman, seconded by Mr. Norfolk and unanimously approved.

2. Netzer Metalcraft, Inc. (Alfred M. FitzSimons) – Occupation of Machinist. Related instruction to be through the Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville campus. [Printed Standards Forms]

Mr. John Taylor stated to the Council that he had spoken with a representative of this company the previous week and that this individual had indicated that he would be present at the Council meeting; however, he had not arrived yet.

A motion to move this request to the last item on the meeting agenda was made by Mr. Shmelzer, seconded by Mr. Maloney and unanimously approved.

When this item came up for consideration again, a representative of the company still had not arrived.

A motion to table this request until the March 12, 2013 Council meeting was made by Mr. McNelly, seconded by Mr. Shmelzer and unanimously approved.

B. PROGRAM REVISIONS:

1. Finishing Trades Institute of Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Vicinities (Karl J. Matzdorf) – Revision to Affirmative Action Plan.

Mr. Matzdorf informed Council members that the revision that the sponsor was requesting provided for accepting applications for apprenticeship exclusively online.

A motion to approve this revision was made by Mr. McNelly, seconded by Mr. Greenhill and unanimously approved.

2. I.E.C. Chesapeake, Inc. (Karl J. Matzdorf) – Revision to replace the web casting of related instruction classes presently being used with online related instruction.

Employer Representative Grant Shmelzer recused himself from the consideration of this item of Council business.

Mr. Shmelzer stated to the Council that they have had several apprentices working on United States embassies around the world and that also there was a lot of lighting retrofit work that was being performed during nighttime hours. Thus they wanted to utilize alternative methods of providing related instruction. He added that the online related instruction program had been developed by the national office of the Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc., has been recognized by the U. S. Department of Labor and has been utilized by the Dakotas Chapter of I.E.C., Inc. for the past six years.

A motion to approve this revision was made by Mr. Yeatman, seconded by Mr. Maloney and unanimously approved.

3. NewPage Corporation Joint Apprenticeship Committee (William W. Saxman) – Revision to update the schedule of on-the-job training work processes and related instruction curriculum and amend administrative provisions of the Standards of Apprenticeship for the occupation of Multicraft Welder/Pipefitter.

A motion to approve this revision was made by Mr. McNelly, seconded by Mr. Greenhill and unanimously approved.

C. PROGRAM REVIEWS (Five (5) or More Apprentices):

1. Baltimore City Joint Apprenticeship Committee (Karl J. Matzdorf).

Mr. Greenhill inquired about what the difficulty was with obtaining statistical information on minorities and women. Mr. Alexander responded that they had begun using a new Human Resources Information System in 2007 and would now be able to extract that information from the system.

A motion to accept this review, with staff recommendations, was made by Mr. Greenhill, seconded by Mr. Yeatman and unanimously approved.

2. Baltimore Sheet Metal Workers JATC, Local Union No. 100 (Karl J. Matzdorf).

A motion to accept this review, with staff recommendations, was made by Mr. McNelly, seconded by Mr. Kelly and unanimously approved.

3. Plumbers and Steamfitters U.A. Local No. 489 JATC (William W. Saxman).

Mr. Saxman stated that this was an excellent apprenticeship with the exception of underutilization of women. He informed Council members that all of the required records were being maintained in very good order.

Ms. Pointer inquired about how the sponsor reached out to high schools in their area. Mr. Saxman responded that they participate in career fairs at at the high schools. He also noted that students get exposure to the skilled trades by constructing a new house each year.

A motion to accept this review, with staff recommendations, was made by Mr. Shmelzer, seconded by Mr. Greenhill and unanimously approved.

Mr. John Taylor stated to the Council that at the November 13, 2012 Council meeting, Mr. Krasnoff had indicated that it would be a good idea to reconvene the regulations subcommittee. Mr. Krasnoff had provided some suggested meeting dates and Mr. John Taylor indicated that he would be emailing those dates to the subcommittee members shortly for their preferences.

Mr. Laudeman stated that since the previous Council meeting, the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration had issued guidelines for pre-apprenticeship and that he would make those guidelines available to the Council.

Mr. Laudeman also made note of an initiative from the German Embassy for manufacturing in the United States.

There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting of the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council was adjourned at 9:53 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

C. Edward Poarch II
Secretary
Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council