Dorsey Hager, Executive-Secretary Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with America’s Work Force on Sept. 6th about IRAPs.
Hager spoke about Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs, also known as IRAPs, and why he does not think that they are up to the standard they should be. When it comes to union apprenticeships, their training is intense and thorough to ensure that when an apprentice is working on a jobsite, they are able to do their job safely and be able to go home at the end of the work day. IRAPs strip down safety regulations for apprenticeships, which in turn will make job sites less safe, not only for the one worker, but for everyone else around them on the jobsite. Hager also talked about the large amount of construction in Columbus, Ohio and even though people may be upset at the amount of traffic caused by the construction, jobs were created and their economy is being stimulated. He said that people have to remember when they see orange barrels, jobs were created there, making an effort to improve the city.
Cleveland Scene writer, Sam Allard also spoke with AWF on Sept. 6. Allard talked about his newly published article “I See a Cleveland Rising. I See Trouble on the Way.” In his article, Allard spoke about Cleveland and how people are talking about seeing the city move in a positive direction with all of this talk about creating economic prosperity for all, but it is all just talk. He said people cannot simply say these nice things, they need to act on it.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about pension accountability act, and chicken producers conspiring with one another to withhold wages, and even cut wages, to employees they suspect are illegal immigrants.