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Trump Support From Trades Unions at Risk Over Apprenticeships

Aug. 28, 2019, 4:38 PM

A Trump administration plan for a new industry-led apprenticeship program could threaten the administration’s tenuous relationship with building trades unions.

North America’s Building Trades Unions, an umbrella group within the AFL-CIO that represents 15 individual worker groups, opposes a Labor Department proposed rule that would establish certification requirements for an Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program. NABTU is also concerned the department will back track on a deal to remove construction apprenticeships from the new program.

The administration says the proposal is designed to expand apprenticeship opportunities and give businesses more say in crafting training programs. The trades unions, however, say allowing industries...

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