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November 13, 2012 - Minutes of Public Meetings - Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program

 

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Mr. William C. Taylor called the Council meeting to order at 9:28 a.m. at the Baltimore JATC for the Electrical Industry, 2699 West Patapsco Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21230 and welcomed all Council members, staff and guests in attendance. Mr. Norfolk of the Baltimore JATC for the Electrical Industry also welcomed everyone in attendance to their training center. He recognized Mr. J T Thomas of the Maryland Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association and thanked him for their role in support of the apprenticeship program.

PRESENT:

COUNCIL MEMBERS:
William C. Taylor - Chairperson/Public Representative
James A. Williams, Sr. - Public Representative
Michael J. McNelly - Employee Representative
David W. Norfolk - Employee Representative
Rosie L.D. Pointer - Employee Representative
Michelle L. Butt - Employer Representative
Edwin Cluster - Employer Representative
Grant Shmelzer - Employer Representative

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

OTHERS:
J. Ronald DeJuliis - Commissioner of Labor and Industry, DLLR
Kelton Addison - MATP
John Cirri - MATP
Alfred M. FitzSimons - 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
Ronn Blaney - Harford County Electrical Contractors Association
Jim Brown - Baltimore Area Roofers JAC
Thomas Brune - Ironworkers Local No. 16 JATC
Brian S. Cavey - Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local No. 24 JAC
Allen B. Clinedinst III - Plumbers and Steamfitters Local No. 486 JATC
Kevin M. Donohue - Mid-Atlantic Carpenters' Training Centers
Dr. Ricky C. Godbolt - College of Southern Maryland
Robert E. Humbertson - Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1
Lisa D. Johnson - Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. , Metropolitan Washington Chapter
Jonathan R. Krasnoff - DLLR/OAG
Charles McGee - Operating Engineers Local 37 JATC
Sharon G. Middleton - DLLR/DLI
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
Arthur E. Rodgers- International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local No. 7 JAC
Jacqueline Spencer - Ellicott Dredges, LLC
Darrell Strathy - Ellicott Dredges, LLC
Rob Tate - Tate Andale, Inc.
J T Thomas - National Electrical Contractors Association, Maryland Chapter

I. The minutes of the July 10, 2012 and September 11, 2012 Council meetings were approved with corrections to the July 10, 2012 minutes to be made as noted.

II. OLD BUSINESS:

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

1. Baltimore Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (Karl J. Matzdorf).

Mr. Matzdorf noted that the information on the number of individuals who had applied for the apprenticeship program in 2007 and 2008 was not available at the time of the review as the sponsor had recently moved and all of their records were not at the new location. Mr. Shmelzer inquired as to how difficult it would be to obtain that information.

This Program Review was tabled at the September 11, 2012 Council meeting in order for staff to obtain the number of individuals who had applied for the apprenticeship program in 2007 and 2008.

Mr. Matzdorf informed Council members that the sponsor had located the number of individuals who had applied for the apprenticeship program in 2007 and 2008 and that information had been added to the statistical summary report.

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

III. NEW BUSINESS:

A. NEW PROGRAMS

1. Ellicott Dredges, LLC (Alfred M. FitzSimons) – Occupation of Engine and Other Machine Assembler. Related instruction to be provided by the six (6) providers noted in the related instruction appendix. [Printed Standards Forms] PLEASE NOTE: The occupation of Engine and Other Machine Assembler had not been previously reviewed and approved by the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council.

Mr. FitzSimons introduced Mr. Darrell Strathy, Plant Superintendent for Ellicott Dredges, LLC, and Ms. Jacqueline Spencer who were in attendance representing the company. He added that this company was possibly the first one in their industry to become involved in apprenticeship.

Mr. Yeatman asked Mr. Strathy if they planned to extend the term of apprenticeship from two years to four years. Mr. Strathy replied that they would consider going to four years if it was found that two years was not comprehensive enough.

Mr. Shmelzer inquired about the qualifications of the instructors for the in-house portions of the related instruction. Mr. Strathy elaborated on the qualifications of the individuals who would be doing the instructing.

Mr. William Taylor asked about the company's recruitment process. Mr. Strathy stated that initially they have internal candidates for the apprenticeship program but could bring in external candidates in the future. A motion to approve this program was made by Mr. McNelly, seconded by Mr. Norfolk and unanimously approved.

2. Tate Andale, Inc. (Alfred M. FitzSimons) - Occupation of Machinist. Related instruction to be through Penn Foster Distance Learning. [Printed Standards Forms]

Mr. FitzSimons presented this proposed new apprenticeship program to the Council and introduced Mr. Rob Tate who was in attendance representing the company.

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

B. PROGRAM REVISIONS:

1. Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local No. 24 Joint Apprenticeship Committee (John P. Taylor) – Revision to extend the term of apprenticeship for Asbestos Worker to 10,000 hours - five years – with revisions to the length of the probationary period, schedule of on-the-job training work processes, related instruction curriculum and apprentice wage progression schedule.

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

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

2. Mid-Atlantic Carpenters' Training Centers (John P. Taylor) - Request for registration of updated Standards of Apprenticeship for the occupations of Carpenter and Pile Driver as per the executive summary of the changes from and/or additions to their presently registered standards provided by the sponsor.

Mr. McNelly commended Dr. Barrett of the Mid-Atlantic Carpenters' Training Centers for the thoroughness of their presentations to the Council.

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

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

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

1. Baltimore Area Roofers JAC (Karl J. Matzdorf).

Mr. Matzdorf presented the findings of this review to the Council. He stated that he had found that there was underutilization of women in the apprenticeship program and that he had encouraged them to make greater outreach efforts to recruit women and to utilize the resources of the One-Stop Career Centers for recruitment. He also made note of records that were not being maintained by the sponsor. Finally, he noted that the apprenticeship program was out of ratio, however, that issue should be resolved after the sponsor either completed or cancelled their apprentices who were beyond their projected completion dates.

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

2. Ironworkers Local No. 16 JATC (Karl J. Matzdorf).

Mr. Matzdorf presented the findings of this review to the Council. He noted that there was found to be slight underutilization of minorities as well as underutilization of women in the apprenticeship program.

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

3. Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union No. 486 JATC (Karl J. Matzdorf).

Mr. Matzdorf presented the findings of this review to the Council. He noted that there was found to be slight underutilization of minorities as well as underutilization of women in the apprenticeship program.

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

4. Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 100, Cumberland Area JATC (William W. Saxman).

Mr. Saxman presented the findings of this review to the Council. He noted that all of their records were found to be well maintained. He stated that there was underutilization of women in the apprenticeship program, however, the sponsor performs a strong outreach effort and those efforts were found to be well documented.

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

D. PROGRAM REVIEWS (Fewer Than Five (5) Apprentices):

1. The following program reviews were performed and the programs were found to be conducted in a satisfactory manner. [No Council Action Required]:

  1. Excelon Generation (Karl J. Matzdorf) - Occupation of Machinist.
  2. Hilgartner Natural Stone Company, Inc. (Karl J. Matzdorf) - Occupation of Stone Finisher.
  3. J.M. Huber Corporation (Karl J. Matzdorf) - Occupation of Industrial Maintenance Repairer.
  4. Jamestown Painting (Karl J. Matzdorf) - Occupation of Painter.
  5. SimplexGrinnell (Karl J. Matzdorf) - Occupations of Protective Signal Installer and Sprinkler Fitter.
  6. Wingard and Company, Inc. (Karl J. Matzdorf) - Occupations of Tool & Die Maker and Tool Designer.
  7. Your Comfort Company (Karl J. Matzdorf) - Occupations of Electrician and HVACR Technician.

E. OTHER BUSINESS:

1. I.E.C. Chesapeake, Inc. (Karl J. Matzdorf) – Request for after-the-fact re-registration and completion of an apprentice Electrician.

Employer Representative Grant Shmelzer recused himself from the consideration of this item of Council business. A motion to approve this request was made by Mr. Norfolk, seconded by Mr. McNelly and unanimously approved.

2. Myers Electrical, LLC (Karl J. Matzdorf) – Request for after-the-fact re-registration and completion of an apprentice Electrician.

Mr. Matzdorf stated that he had advised Mr. Myers of his need to be in attendance at the Council meeting, however, he was not present. He added that Mr. Myers was coming from Dorchester County and might still be caught up in traffic.

A motion to table this request until the January 8, 2013 Council meeting in order for a representative of the sponsor to be in attendance was made by Mr. McNelly, seconded by Mr. Yeatman and unanimously approved.

3. Proposed schedule of Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council meetings for calendar year 2013.

A motion to approve the schedule of Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council meetings for calendar year 2013 was made by Mr. Shmelzer, seconded by Mr. Yeatman and unanimously approved.

The schedule of meeting dates and locations for calendar year 2013 are as follows:

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. , Chesapeake Chapter
8751 Freestate Drive, Suite 250
Laurel, Maryland 20723

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
Washington, D.C. Electricians JATC
I.B.E.W. Local No. 26
4371 Parliament Place, Suite A
Lanham, Maryland 20706

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
International Union of Elevator Constructors
Local No. 10 JAC
9600 Martin Luther King Highway
Lanham, Maryland 20706

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Metropolitan Washington Chapter
ABC CraftMasters Training, Inc. 3403 East-West Highway
Hyattsville, Maryland 20782

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local No. 24
Joint Apprenticeship Committee
901 Montgomery Street
Laurel, Maryland 20707

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union No. 486 JATC
1201 66th Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21237

Commissioner DeJuliis introduced the new Apprenticeship Navigator, John Cirri, to Council members and stated that Mr. Cirri had been formerly employed by RG Steel in Sparrows Point. He went on to note the efforts that had been made by Mr. Addison in assisting the former employees of RG Steel in obtaining new employment or training. He also thanked those apprenticeship program sponsors who had indicated their willingness to consider former RG Steel employees.

The Commissioner reminded Council members of the legislation that had been passed in the last session of the General Assembly to create a taskforce to study apprenticeship and economic development. He stated that he had been asked by the Governor's office for names of individuals to serve on the taskforce and had submitted the names of a number of Council members to the Governor's office.

Commissioner DeJuliis gave Council members an update on the status of the initiative with the Division of Correction (DOC) to use the deconstruction of former DOC facilities as an opportunity to train inmates approaching their release dates in building and construction skills. He noted that there had been some changes in senior level positions within DOC and that he would continue to provide the Council with updates in the status of the initiative in the future as further information become known.

Mr. Shmelzer inquired about the status of drafting the revised Apprenticeship and Training regulations. Mr. Krasnoff responded that that had been on hold. He added that the regulations subcommittee should meet again right after the first of the new year to resume working on this. Mr. Laudeman informed the Council that Thomas Bydlon had been appointed as the new Regional Director for USDL/OA's Region 2. Mr. Bydlon had previously served as the USDL/OA State Director for Pennsylvania.

There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting of the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council was adjourned at 10:20 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

C. Edward Poarch II
Secretary
Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council