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Rep. Miranda urges US DOL to reject creation of Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship programs

Lawmaker says IRAP put cost-cutting anti-union interests before Ohio's labor workers
September 3, 2019
Jessica E. Miranda News

State Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) today released a letter announcing her support of organized labor unions in Ohio while urging the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to reject the proposed rule to create a federal Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP), which seeks to strip current union wage progression rules and ratio requirements.

“I am proud to stand with my labor allies and call on the Department of Labor to stop IRAPs,” said Miranda. “We should do everything in our power to help support the rigorous apprenticeship qualifications established by organized labor, not actively work to create dangerous shortcuts.”

Last month, the DOL proposed creating an IRAP to allow trade associations and non-governmental entities to certify certain apprenticeship programs as industry standards, potentially allowing for substandard apprenticeships.

Rep. Miranda IRAP Letter