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September 10, 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 9:05 a.m. at the Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local No. 24 Joint Apprenticeship Committee, 901 Montgomery Street, Laurel, Maryland 20707 and welcomed all Council members, staff and guests in attendance. He thanked Mr. Brian Cavey of the Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local No. 24 Joint Apprenticeship Committee for hosting the Council meeting at their facility.

PRESENT:

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

OTHERS:
Kelton Addison - MATP 
Charles Buttiglieri - MATP 
Alfred M. FitzSimons - MATP 
William W. Saxman - MATP 
John P. Taylor - MATP 
Beth M. Arman - Community College of Baltimore County 
Dr. Thomas Barrett - Mid-Atlantic Carpenters’ Training Centers 
Jim Berk - Self 
Brian S. Cavey - Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local No. 24 Joint Apprenticeship Committee 
Dale Chase - Howard County Department of Public Works Joint Apprenticeship Program/AFSCME Local No. 3085 
William Chenowith - Howard County Department of Public Works Joint Apprenticeship Program 
Melissa Cutchall - Volvo Group Trucks Operation 
Jamie Dingle - Volvo Group Trucks Operation 
Angelica Faulkner - Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Chesapeake Shores Chapter 
Vernon Gauss - Self – Master Plumber 
Lisa D. Johnson - Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Metropolitan Washington Chapter 
Jonathan R. Krasnoff - DLLR/OAG 
Norbert R. Klusmann - Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 100 JATC, Washington, D.C. Area 
Patricia Mikos - MSDE 
Chuck Lansinger - Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Chesapeake Shores Chapter/Chuck’s Electrical Service, Inc. 
David Perkins - Volvo Group Trucks Operation/UAW Local No. 171 
Arthur E. Rodgers - International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local No. 7 JAC 
Troy Sellers - Volvo Group Trucks Operation/UAW Local No. 171 
David Smarte - Delaware Elevator 
Sean T. Straser - Steamfitters Local No. 602 JATC 
Edward Whalen - Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 100 JAC, Baltimore, Maryland Area 

I. The minutes of the July 9, 2013 Council meeting were approved as submitted.

II. DIRECTOR'S REPORT:

A.  On behalf of the Director, John Taylor provided Council members with an update on the State Apprenticeship Training Fund. Only one project had started since the fund went into effect on July 1, 2013; the Box Office at Salisbury University. The Whiting Turner Contracting Company was the general contractor for that project and there were about seven subcontractors. Although work had not yet started, all of the subcontractors have registered for the fund. Mr. Taylor went on to note that as of this time, no monies had been generated nor received and that as of September 6, 2013 there were 64 projects requiring that contributions be made into the fund.

Mr. McNelly suggested that the Director provide Council members with an update of the status of the fund at each Council meeting. 

Mr. Buttiglieri responded that the Director had been made aware of the Council's interest in this and it was intended that the Council would be provided a financial update of the fund at each Council meeting.

Mr. William Taylor introduced Mr. Vernon Gauss, a Registered Master Plumber who had requested to address the Council about his efforts to try to change the procedure for attaining a State Journeyman Plumbing license; a concept that he had already presented to the State Board of Plumbing. He noted the industry's need for licensed Journeyman Plumbers and the time lag between when registered apprentices complete their training and when they actually apply to take the licensing examination. His proposal to remedy that situation was to make the licensing examination administered by PSI the final examination for registered apprentices at the end of their final year of related instruction. He went on to note that he was working with the major groups representing the Plumbing industry to develop a consensus for the concept.

Mr. Shmelzer observed that the Electrical industry was going through similar issues regarding a statewide license for Electricians.

Mr. Greenhill commented that in the past, the Council has maintained a healthy buffer between licensing and training and that historically, the Council had not become involved in licensing issues.

III. NEW BUSINESS:

A. NEW PROGRAMS:

1. Howard County Department of Public Works Joint Apprenticeship Program (Alfred M. FitzSimons) - Occupation of Wastewater Technician. Related instruction to be provided in-house. [Printed Standards Forms]

Mr. FitzSimons introduced Mr. Dale Chase and Mr. William Chenowith who were in attendance to represent this request from the Howard County Department of Public Works.

Mr. Greenhill inquired about how they intended to go about recruiting apprentices. Mr. Chenowith replied that they already had two employees that they intended to register as apprentices and that in the future, they would seek to recruit recent graduates from area high schools and also work with veterans' organizations to recruit veterans.

Mr. Shmelzer expressed concern about the number of hours per year that related instruction classes would be provided. Mr. Chenowith stated that they intended to do from four to six hours per week of classes with the classes following the order that topics were shown on the curriculum outline.

A motion to approve this program was made by Mr. McNelly, seconded by Mr. Greenhill and approved with eight (8) Council members in favor of the motion and one (1) Council member opposed.

2. Maryland Institute College of Art (Alfred M. FitzSimons) - Occupations of Electrician, HVACR Technician and Plumber. Related instruction to be through the Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Request for registration of an Affirmative Action Plan with apprentice selection procedures and goals and timetables for minority and female apprentices. [Printed Standards Forms]

This item of Council business was postponed until the November 12, 2013 Council meeting at the request of the Maryland Maryland Institute College of Art.

B. PROGRAM REVISIONS:

1. Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Chesapeake Shores Chapter (Alfred M. FitzSimons) - Revision to add an additional related instruction classroom facility on the Eastern Shore for the occupation of Electrician.

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

2. Plumbers and Steamfitters U.A. Local No. 489 JATC (William W. Saxmsn) - Revision to amend the requirements for completion of apprenticeship.

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

3. Volvo Group Trucks Operation (William W. Saxman) - Request for reactivation of Standards of Apprenticeship for the occupation of Maintenance Electrician with updates to the schedule of on- the-job training work processes, related instruction curriculum and Affirmative Plan.

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

Mr. Saxman introduced the representatives from the Volvo Group Trucks Operation who were in attendance at the Council meeting.

He informed Council members that this apprenticeship program had been inactive for about five or six years due to a downturn in business conditions. He stated that the related instruction for the reactivated apprenticeship program would follow a curriculum developed by the Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. and would be taught at the plant by instructors provided by Hagerstown Community College. He also stated that the company already had seven employees that they intended to register as apprentices once the apprenticeship program is reactivated.

A motion to approve the request for the reactivation of Standards of Apprenticeship for the occupation of Maintenance Electrician was made by Mr. McNelly, seconded by Mr. Kelly and unanimously approved.

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

4. Washington, D.C. Joint Plumbing Apprenticeship Committee (John P. Taylor) - Revision to amend the apprentice wage progression schedule effective August 1, 2013 as per the collective bargaining agreement.

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

C. OTHER BUSINESS:

1. International Union of Elevator Constructors Local No. 10 Joint Apprenticeship Committee (Alfred M. FitzSimons) - Request to register an apprentice Elevator Constructor with credit for on- the-job training and/or related instruction beyond the fifty percent (50%) level due to delayed registration.

Employee representative Robert F. Yeatman, Jr. recused himself from the consideration of this item of Council business.
A motion to approve this request was made by Mr. Greenhill, seconded by Mr. McNelly and unanimously approved.

2. Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 100 JATC, Baltimore, Maryland Area (Alfred M. FitzSimons) - Request for after-the-fact registration and completion of an apprentice Sheet Metal Worker.

Mr. Whalen explained to the Council that this individual had come into the local with several years of experience in Sheet Metal work and held a union journeyman card. However, he felt that he needed additional training in certain areas of the occupation and voluntarily elected to go through the apprenticeship program. There had, however, been an administrative oversight when he started his apprenticeship and he was not registered at that time. Mr. Whalen added that although the individual elected to go through the apprenticeship program, he was still paid as a union journeyman.

Mr. Shmelzer inquired as to when was the last time that this program had been reviewed. Mr. Whalen replied that it had been reviewed within the past six months.

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

3. Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 100 JATC, Baltimore, Maryland Area (Alfred M. FitzSimons) - Request for registration of an apprentice Sheet Metal Worker with credit for on-the-job training and/or related instruction beyond the fifty percent (50%) level due to delayed registration.

A motion to approve this request was made by Mr. McNelly and seconded by Mr. Kelly.

On the discussion of the motion, Mr. Shmelzer inquired as to whether this individual had worked on any prevailing wage projects. Mr. Whalen responded that he believed that he had been on several but that he would have to review his records for the specific employers and dates. He stated that the individual had been paid apprentice wage rates. Mr. McNelly withdrew the motion to approve the request in order for staff to find out whether there were any prevailing wage issues involving this individual.

A motion to table this request until the November 12, 2013 Council meeting in order for staff to find out whether the individual for whom the request had been made had been involved in any state or federal prevailing wage matters was made by Mr. McNelly, seconded by Mr. Shmelzer and unanimously approved.

4. NewPage Corporation Joint Apprenticeship Committee (William W. Saxman) - Request to register an apprentice Multicraft Welder/ Pipefitter with credit for on-the-job training and/or related instruction beyond the fifty percent (50%) level.

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

5. Proposed schedule of Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council meetings for calendar year 2014. This was an information item only. Approval of the meeting schedule for calendar year 2014 would be done at the November 12, 2013 Council meeting.

Mr. John Taylor stated that the process of scheduling the meetings of the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council for the following calendar year begins at the September Council meeting where members are provided a draft schedule for their review. Approval of the schedule is not done until the November Council meeting. He also informed Council members that since both the first and the second Tuesdays in November of 2014 are State holidays, the proposed meeting date for that month would be the third Tuesday.

Mr. Norfolk inquired about the status of the subcommittee that had been formed at the July 9, 2013 Council meeting to study the issues surrounding distance learning. Mr. William Taylor responded that it was on the Director's agenda to convene a meeting of the subcommittee.

Mr. Shmelzer requested that the Council receive a report at the November 12, 2013 Council meeting on the questions surrounding related instruction classes in Delaware.

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

Respectfully submitted,


C. Edward Poarch II
Secretary
Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council