The Buffalo News: Plan To Tighten County Apprenticeship Rules Draws Concern

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The Buffalo News: Plan To Tighten County Apprenticeship Rules Draws Concern

From The Buffalo News:

Erie County Democrats want to close a loophole they say lets some contractors on county projects get work without adequately training new apprentices.

They want to tighten requirements for apprenticeship programs on county-funded projects to require a graduation rate of at least 30 percent.

But what appears to be a minor change in an existing law has drawn concerns from business groups who think it would exclude many non-union contractors from county work.

The Associated Builders and Contractors claims the requirement will especially hurt small contractors. But backers of the change say apprenticeship programs are vital to developing a new supply of construction workers, especially with shortages in some building trades, and the county should ensure the programs are meeting expectations.

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