ALL APPRENTICES IN ALL YEARS
We have been receiving a lot of questions regarding the upcoming Apprentice rotation that is scheduled to happen Friday, April 3rd. Due to the fact that we were planning to rotate between 125 and 150 apprentices all on the same day, as well as the growing uncertainty with the current health crisis, I have decided to postpone our annual apprentice rotation.
This applies to all apprentice rotations, including 4th and 5th year apprentices who have requested placement at a previous employer.
Other Important News
Full-time instructors have started sending mandatory homework assignments via email to these groups in daytime training:
1st - 3rd Year
1st - 3rd Year
1st - 3rd Year
We're also finalizing a plan to reschedule or cancel nighttime classes impacted by this closure. We will start rolling out modified schedules over the next few weeks. In some cases, it could take us longer to reschedule classes, as we don't know if in-person closure mandates will continue beyond April 24, 2020. Thanks for your patience.
If you don't have computer access, we have printed copies of assignments available on tables at the top of 2nd floor front staircase. We will open the front door of the training center so you can access needed printed copies Mondays - Fridays, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Remember, the school closures between the K-12 system and the post-secondary system (us) is different. The mandate for colleges, universities and apprenticeships is to provide distance or online learning. Apprenticeship classroom learning has always been mandatory and we are preparing as if this compulsory education will continue.
Finally, we heard from many apprentices over the weekend who are apprehensive about working. Many of you care for children or elderly people, and some of you have chronic health conditions. As of this morning, March 23, Governor Inslee's Office has not issued a shelter-in-place order. In cities where these orders have been enacted, many construction sites are exempted. In part, these exemptions are made because primary infrastructure and public works are considered essential.
We have told any apprentice who has contacted Heather Winfrey or I to make a decision based on his or her personal well-being. If you choose to self-isolate for any reason, you must communicate your choice to your foreman and to the Training Coordinators.
Keep in mind, if your employer
has work available, you cannot request a Reduction of Force (RoF). If your employer does not have work available or directs a worker/workers to self-isolate, then per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, you could request a RoF.
Our partnership of the MCAWW and UA Local 32 wants to keep everyone working, or get everyone back to full speed as soon as it is healthy to do so. We are fortunate to have such a great labor/management partnership in place during these times.
Information is going to evolve as this pandemic progresses. If we all stick to CDC health guidelines, stay calm, smart and safe, we will get through this crisis.
P.J. Moss, Training Coordinator