Montana's apprentices and journey workers need your help to protect their wages, the quality of their training and the safety of the public.

A public hearing is scheduled for December 8th and we need your voice today to protect our workforce.

Protect Montana’s apprentices - SEND A MESSAGE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TODAY!

Proposed changes by the Department of Labor will create dangerous and unsustainable working conditions by changing apprenticeship ratios to two apprentices to one journeyman.

And the language of the proposal could lead to one journeyman being responsible for the training and safety of up to five apprentices - a five-to-one ratio.

“It is nearly impossible to oversee and safely train two apprentices with one journeyman. What failsafes would be put in place to ensure that one apprentice doesn’t electrocute themselves or start a fire while the journeyman is with the other apprentice. Having had my own apprentices in the past, I know how quickly things can happen. This will also result in higher costs to customers because it’s hard enough to give quality training to one apprentice and still complete a job in a timely and efficient manner."

 

Mykal Jorgensen, Director of Training for Billings Pipe Trades JATC (Local 30)


 

“Apprentice training is the process of training a skilled workforce, while providing both workplace safety and public safety. Drastically changing the current ratio to 2:1 reduces the quality of training and in the end produces a less skilled workforce for Montana. This way of thinking is contradictory to the concept of apprenticeship and its purpose.”

 

Chris McGowan, Montana Electrical JATC Training Director and MT SWIB Apprenticeship Advisory Council member

A previous change had overwhelming public opposition and Gianforte’s Department of Labor backed away from their proposal. Now they are going after a ratio that’s even worse than their last attempt.

The best way to do business in Montana is through Joint Apprenticeship programs. These programs are funded by employers and Montana’s unions to provide employers with highly trained workers.


Protect Montana’s apprentices - SEND A MESSAGE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TODAY!