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January 14, 2014 - Minutes of Public Meetings - Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program

 

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Mr. William C. Taylor called the Council meeting to order at 9:15 a.m. at the Community College of Baltimore County – Catonsville, Center for the Arts Building Lounge, 800 South Rolling Road, Catonsville, Maryland 21228 and welcomed all Council members, staff and guests in attendance. He recognized Ms. Beth Arman who welcomed everyone in attendance to the Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville campus and introduced Ms. Joan Swiston, Campus Director for the Catonsville campus. Ms. Swiston also welcomed everyone to their campus. She provided some history of the campus, the oldest of the three campuses of the Community College of Baltimore County including the mansion which was build in about 1828 up to the newest building, the Mathematics and Science Hall under construction across from the Center for the Arts. Ms. Swiston noted that the college shared a partnership with 14 apprenticeship programs for providing both credit and non-credit classes.

PRESENT:

COUNCIL MEMBERS:
William C. Taylor - Chairperson 
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 
Grant Shmelzer - Employer Representative 

OTHERS:
Kelton Addison MATP 
Alfred M. FitzSimons - MATP 
Roger M. Lash, Jr. – MATP 
William W. Saxman - MATP 
John P. Taylor - MATP 
Michael Alexander - Baltimore City Joint Apprenticeship Committee 
James Anastase - Maryland Laborers’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee 
Beth M. Arman - Community College of Baltimore County 
Jenny Baker - DLLR/OAG 
Ronald E. Blaney - Harford County Electrical Contractors Association, Inc. 
Kevin Burton - Washington, D.C. Electricians JATC, I.B.E.W. Local No. 26 
Kevin M. Donohue - Mid-Atlantic Carpenters’ Training Centers 
Dennis R. Felts - Harford County Electrical Contractors Association, Inc. 
Timothy T. Haley - Washington, D C. Joint Plumbing Apprenticeship Committee 
Sarah Harlan - DLLR/OAG 
Angelica Hicks - Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Chesapeake Shores Chapter 
Katherine Klosek - Seaside Plumbing, Inc. 
Norbert R. Klusmann - Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 100 JATC, Washington, D.C. Area 
Mike Moneymaker - Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, Local No. 24
Dwight C. Mules - HMI Insulation, LLC 
Arthur E. Rodgers - International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local No. 7 JAC 
Sean T. Straser - Steamfitters Local No. 602 JATC 
Joan Swiston - Community College of Baltimore County 
Charles Wallace - MSDE 

I.
Mr. William Taylor informed Council members that the minutes of the November 12, 2013 Council meeting would be presented for approval at the March 11, 2014 meeting.

II. DIRECTOR’S REPORT:

A. Mr. John Taylor informed Council members that Mr. Robert Laudeman had retired from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship effective Friday, January 10, 2014. In the future, there would be a Multi-state State Director who would cover Maryland from out of the U.S. Department of Labor office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

B. Ms. Baker updated the Council on the status of the bill to amend Maryland’s Apprenticeship statute to conform to new requirements of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship. The amendments have been introduced in the legislature as Senate Bill 54. She added that a hearing on that bill would be held before the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

C. Mr. William Taylor noted that he had received a card from Mr. Karl Matzdorf thanking the Council for the recognition that he had received at the November 12, 2013 Council meeting.

III. OLD BUSINESS:

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

1. HMI Insulation, LLC (Alfred M. FitzSimons).

This item was tabled at the November 12, 2013 Council meeting in order for a representative of the sponsor to be in attendance at the Council meeting.

Mr. FitzSimons informed Council members that Mr. Dwight C. Mules was in attendance at the meeting representing HMI Insulation, LLC.

Mr. FitzSimons reported to the Council that the review had found underutlization of minorities and women in the apprenticeship program. He also had found that some applicant records and related instruction records were not available. He recommended that immediate changes be made in outreach and recruitment of minority and female workers and the utilization and retention of applicant records.

Mr. Norfolk observed that he could not believe that the program had gone for five years without records being kept. Mr. FitzSimons noted that none were available to him.

Mr. Mules refuted that statement and stated that records had been kept but not in the manner that Mr. FitzSimons had been looking for. Mr. Mules added that they had binders that were full of records for the apprenticeship program.

Mr. Mules went on to state that new owners had acquired the company in 2010 after it had gone through bankruptcy. The people who had been running the apprenticeship program before were still with the company and were still doing the training and instruction. He added that this was the first time that the apprenticeship program had been reviewed.

Mr. Mules informed Council members that recruitment of minorities and females would be taken care of going forward and added that many of their initial apprentices had been the children or relatives of current employees.

In response to a question from Mr. Shmelzer regarding related instruction, Mr. Mules replied that the apprentices do get 144 hours of related instruction per year. They attend classes every other Thursday for which they are paid. All of the apprentices are one year apart and are in one class with one instructor. The company has two instructors available.

Mr. McNelly suggested that since the company was in a transition period that the review be tabled to the March 11, 2014 Council meeting to provide an opportunity for staff to meet with the sponsor to make sure that the program is moving forward in the right direction.

Mr. Yeatman stated that he would like to see a copy of the related instruction outline.

A motion to table this review until the March 11, 2014 Council meeting was made by Mr. McNelly, seconded by Mr. Shmelzer and unanimously approved.

IV. NEW BUSINESS:

A. NEW PROGRAMS:

1. Seaside Plumbing, Inc. (Alfred M. FitzSimons) – Occupation of Plumber. Related instruction to be through Sussex Tech in Georgetown, De. [Printed Standards Forms}

Mr. FitzSimons introduced Ms. Katherine Klosek who was in attendance representing Seaside Plumbing Inc. Ms. Klosek stated that she was attending in place of the president of the company, Mr. Josh Martin, who was unable to attend.
Ms. Klosek stated that Seaside Plumbing, Inc. had an employee who was already attending the related instruction classes at Sussex Tech and that Mr. Martin would be attending the March 11, 2014 Council meeting in regards to a request for the after-the- fact registration and completion of that individual.

A motion to approve this program was made by Mr. Shmelzer, seconded by Mr. Norfolk and unanimously approved.

B. PROGRAM REVISIONS:

1. I.E.C. Chesapeake, Inc. (Alfred M. FitzSimons) – Revision to add the occupation of HVACR Technician and to change the location of a training site.

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

Mr. Yeatman asked Mr. Shmelzer whether the new occupation would cover residential or commercial and industrial heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration work. Mr. Shmelzer responded that what they had been noticing was that electrical contractors were getting involved in HVACR work but more so, HVACR contractors were coming into electrical work because in many jurisdictions across the state they need to have a Limited Master Electrician license. Some of those contractors were looking to join I.E.C. because I.E.C.’s related instruction locations are more convenient for their apprentices than the related instruction locations that they are currently using.

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

2. Mid-Atlantic Carpenters’ Training Centers – Baltimore (Alfred M. FitzSimons) – Request for registration of Updated Standards of Apprenticeship for the occupations of Carpenter and Millwright. The sponsor provided an executive summary of the changes from and/or additions to their presently registered Standards.

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

A motion to approve the revised Affirmative Action Plan was made by Mr. Yeatman, seconded by Mr. McNelly and unanimously approved

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

1. Mid-Atlantic Carpenters’ Training Centers – Cumberland (William W. Saxman).

Mr. Saxman reported to the Council that this was an exemplary program with the exception of the underutilization of minorities and women in the apprenticeship program. He added that they make a very concerted effort to reach out to minorities and women and that those efforts were will documented.

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

2. Western Maryland JATC for the Electrical Industry (William W. Saxman).

Mr. Saxman reported that the only deficiency that he had found for this program was underutilization of minorities and women but that they too were making a well documented outreach and recruitment effort.

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

D. OTHER BUSINESS:

1. Recommendation for the deregistration of Standards of Apprenticeship for a defunct apprenticeship program. (John P. Taylor).

Mr. John Taylor explained to Council members why it was believed that this apprenticeship program had become defunct including an e-mail from its Executive Director, Joseph Foots, stating that the apprenticeship program had closed permanently. Since the program sponsor had failed to make a voluntary request for the deregistration of their Standards of Apprenticeship when they had shut down, the Council would need to deregister the program on the basis of its having become defunct. Mr. John Taylor went on the review the process for deregistering a defunct apprenticeship program with Council members.

A motion to approve the recommendation for the deregistration of the Standards of Apprenticeship for a defunct apprenticeship program was made by Ms. Shmelzer, seconded by Mr. Yeatman and unanimously approved.

2. Apprentice complaint against a Participating Employer of I.E.C. Chesapeake, Inc. (John P. Taylor).

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

Mr. McNelly inquired as to whether the complaint could be simply forwarded to the Attorney General’s office and that there was no need for the Council to become involved at this time. Mr. John Taylor replied that Mr. Krasnoff had received the letter in November and that it was his recommendation that the Council deal with it as a complaint.

A motion to convene the subcommittee to investigate this complaint was made by Mr. McNelly, seconded by Ms. Pointer and unanimously approved.

The subcommittee would be comprised of Public Representative James A. Williams, Sr., Employee Representative Larry R. Greenhill, Sr. and Employer Representative Edwin Cluster.

The chair recognized Employee Representative Michael McNelly who had requested time to speak to the Council. Mr. McNelly informed fellow Council members that the previous week during discussions with the leadership of the Maryland Senate and the House of Delegates that he had made the decision to run for the House of Delegates from District 30B. He officially made the announcement of his candidacy last week and would be submitting his letter of resignation from the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council to the Governor prior to the next Council meeting. He commended fellow Council members for the outstanding work that they were doing on behalf of apprenticeship.

3. Schedule of Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council meetings for calendar year 2014.

Mr. John Taylor stated that the schedule of meetings for 2014 was included in that packet of Council meeting materials that had been mailed to the members for their information. He added that one change had been made since the packets had been mailed; the September 9, 2014 meeting would be held at 8509 Ardmore- Ardwick Road rather than at 8421 Ardmore-Ardwick Road in Landover, Maryland.

Mr. Charles Wallace of the Maryland State Department of Education announced that the 41st annual Skills USA state championship would be held on April 4 and April 5, 2014 at the Center of Applied Technology North in Anne Arundel County with a number of satellite sites to also be used for specific vocational skills competitions.

There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting of the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council was adjourned at 10:28 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,


C. Edward Poarch II
Secretary
Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council