Benefits Provided to Apprentices
VETERAN’s BENEFITS: Apprentices who are veterans and enrolled in registered and certified programs are eligible for Veterans Administration training allowances.
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: Apprentices who may become unemployed due to shortage of work in their respective trade may be eligible for unemployment compensation benefits during their period of unemployment.
EARNINGS AND FRINGE BENEFITS: Wages of the apprentice vary in a small degree from craft to craft, no attempt is made to state each crafts beginning wages as new contract provisions are negotiated and become effective, generally every year. The beginning wage of an apprentice is based on a percentage of the rate paid a journeyman. As their training and work experience proceed, apprentices receive pay increases. Such increases usually become effective after 1,000 hours of employment, progressively approaching the journeyman rate. A variety of benefits accrue to union members under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. These benefits provide health and life insurance, medical care, pensions, etc., and are called "Fringe Benefits”. These benefits are paid out of a trust fund to which the employer contributes on an hourly basis.
DISCRIMINATION: Multi State Iron Workers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee is dedicated to the ideals of Equal Employment Opportunity with selections made on the basis of qualifications alone without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, or occupationally irrelevant physical requirements in accordance with objective standards which permit review after full and fair opportunity for application and; furthermore, the sponsors are party to an affirmative action plan approved by the U.S. Department of Labor.
UNION MEMBERSHIP: Generally, apprentices become union members at the start of the probationary period and then gain the benefits of union membership:
- Apprentices will make journeyman scale after they have completed three years of training and pass the journeyman exam.
- The apprentice is an employed worker; the contractor is the only one who creates the job for an apprentice. The union does not employ apprentices.
- They are paid good wages and full benefits while learning the skills of the trade and are not cheap labor.
- Their rate of pay increases with knowledge and ability.
- Offers opportunity for continued wages and job security upon completion of training.
- The apprentice becomes self-reliant at a comparatively early age.
- Imposes no financial burden to their parents or community.
- Provides classes to learn the theory of their trade and those techniques, which cannot be taught economically at the job site.
- Their instructors are capable, practical journeymen selected from the industry by the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.
- They learn to produce with modern tools and machines and will gain experience under the most modern methods.
- They learn properly to use tools or install modern industrial materials worth thousands of dollars during their apprenticeship. This is one of the many reasons why a competent journeyman cannot be developed in a classroom.
- They work under the direction of a competent journeyman at all times and receive close personal attention.
- The Joint Apprenticeship Committee, as reflected in work reports and class grades, constantly reviews their progress.
- They are protected during their indenture by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee to insure that they have an opportunity to develop the skills of the craft and become a fully qualified journeyman to the Committee’s best ability.
- Because of high entrance requirements and high standards of conduct and competence, they associate with good and honorable people.
- It serves to meet the great need for apprentices as replacements for journeymen who advance or retire under the industry’s pension plans.
- With experience and study, the apprentice can become a foreman, estimator, or superintendent. Many of the owners and employers in the construction industry started their careers as apprentices.
- The apprentices may advance to positions of responsibility in their union. Union leadership is earned through hard work, service and respect of others. Nearly all union leaders have come from the ranks.
- As they grow in experience, they may follow related fields as a salesman, broker, or supplier.
- They may engage in labor-management relations, or qualify for specialized work for government agencies.
- As a journeyman in the construction industry, they will be engaged in an honorable and respected occupation with opportunities for advancement limited only by their own ability and ambition.