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Steamfitters Apprenticeship Program Gives Graduates a Path to the Middle Class

The 8,000-member Steamfitters Local 638, which performs pipe fitting and fire protection work throughout the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau and Suffolk counties, graduated 20 steamfitters from its rigorous five-year apprenticeship program on Thursday, June 11.

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Jobs, Not Prisons: Unions Help Formerly Incarcerated Women Build a New Life

Tristain Frye

Greg Christiansen has been an iron worker for 35 years. He was out in the field for some time but, since 2011, has been recruiting graduates from a particular pre-apprenticeship program that makes an important contribution to our society.

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7 Things to Help Millennials Survive This Economy

This originally appeared on BuzzFeed.

As President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union, our economy is improving and America is benefiting from 58 straight months of job growth. But young people who are stuck on their parents’ couches are still struggling. The youth unemployment rate is too high. Wages are stagnant. College is increasingly expensive, and the mountain of student debt keeps getting larger.

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It’s National Mentoring Month, and New York IBEW Local Shows How It’s Done

Erin Hill (center, front row) with members of the IBEW Local 3 mentoring program.

January is National Mentoring Month, and our friends at the Berger-Marks Foundation are highlighting the mentoring program that New York City Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 shop steward Erin Sullivan helped establish in the 11,000 member local in 2011.

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Helping Women Veterans Find Sheet Metal Apprenticeships

Helping Women Veterans Find Sheet Metal Apprenticeships

After serving their country, many veterans have trouble transitioning into civilian jobs, particularly younger and female service members. The unemployment rate among all veterans ages 18–24 is 21.3% (compared to 13.1% of civilians. And while male veterans have an unemployment rate (4.2%) lower than the national rate, female veterans are much worse off with a 7.9% unemployment rate. Helmets to Hardhats, the International Training Institute and the construction trades are trying to do something about that problem.

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Biden Praises Shipyard Workers as ‘Best in the World,’ Cites Apprenticeships, Training

Via Vice President Joe Biden's Twitter account

Vice President Joe Biden called the nearly 5,000 workers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard—most of whom are members of unions in the AFL-CIO Metal Trades Department—“the best in the world,” during a visit to the Kittery, Maine, facility Wednesday.

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Workers Receive Bigger Voice in New Workforce Training Legislation

Workers Receive Bigger Voice in New Workforce Training Legislation

In a rare display of bipartisan cooperation, the U.S. Congress has approved new federal workforce development legislation, including provisions that stand to increase the voice of workers in the system. The House passed (415–6) the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) July 9.

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Painters and Allied Trades Veterans Program Is a World-Class Training Program for America's Best and Brightest

On Monday, April 14, members and leaders of the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), representatives of the Finishing Contractors Association International (FCA), local political leaders and U.S. Army leaders gathered for the graduation of five military members from the new Painters and Allied Trades Veterans Program (PAT-VP).

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Testing Their Mettle

Testing Their Mettle

The Boilermakers (IBB) union places its apprentice training program at center stage every year by hosting a national apprenticeship competition. The competition is a pressure cooker: Over the course of four 10-hour days, apprentices are tested on the entire four-year Boilermakers apprenticeship curriculum and acquired hands-on skills.

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How Do We Boost Workers and the Economy? Expand Apprenticeships

Photo by National Apprenticeship Service/Flickr

Those of us in the labor movement are quite aware of the benefits that apprenticeship programs bring to workers—after all union apprenticeship programs train about 450,000 mostly young workers every year.  But a new report from the Center for American Progress finds:

Apprenticeships are not a familiar concept to many Americans, but expanding the use of this highly effective training model can help our nation meet the demand for skilled workers, create pathways to well-paying careers for unemployed young workers, and give American businesses a competitive edge in the global marketplace.

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