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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
C. Edward Poarch II
Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council