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The following is a press release issued by the MD Dept. of Labor, Licensing and Regulation:
BALTIMORE (Feb. 12, 2018) – Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz today welcomed the state’s oldest registered apprenticeship sponsor to the Maryland Apprenticeship Ambassador Program. The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry of Baltimore, a registered apprenticeship sponsor since 1961, joins the state’s incentive program to help raise awareness about registered apprenticeship.
“The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee’s demonstrated commitment to apprenticeship makes them the perfect advocate for apprenticeship in Maryland,” said Labor Secretary Schulz. “Over their 56-year history, they have trained almost 2,000 apprentices. That experience will help us build upon our already successful program and expand apprenticeship to all industries and occupations throughout the state.”
Comprised of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 24 and the Maryland Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, Inc., the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee has a long history of training electrical apprentices.
“The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 24, along with our partners the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), is committed to apprenticeship training,” said John Rankin, president of the IBEW Local 24. “For more than 55 years, the apprenticeship program has provided the opportunity for men and women to work alongside highly skilled union electricians, in addition to classroom training at our state of the art training center. They earn while they learn, leading to a career – not just a job – earning $70,000 a year, plus benefits.”
Over the past 30 years, 1,331 electrical apprentices have completed apprenticeship training. Today, 343 electrical apprentices are in the program.
“Apprenticeship offers training, skills, and financial benefits that will change lives,” said Jonathan Thomas, executive director of the Maryland Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association. “The Maryland Apprenticeship Ambassador Program is a great promotional tool, and I applaud Governor Hogan and Secretary Schulz for acknowledging that apprenticeship offers a solid foundation, not just for a better career, but for a better life. The Baltimore electrical apprenticeship program and its affiliated contractors are honored to be recognized by the ambassador program.”
Apprenticeship ambassadors voluntarily cultivate and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders, encouraging job seekers and businesses to engage in apprenticeship opportunities. For their commitment, ambassadors receive special recognition from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, customized advice and counsel on navigating the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program, the latest in apprenticeship news and emerging workforce trends, and valuable media exposure.
About Apprenticeship in Maryland
Since the beginning of the Hogan administration in January 2015, the number of registered apprentices has increased by nearly 20 percent. Today, more than 9,500 apprentices work in over 230 different occupations. In 2017, 15 new registered apprenticeship programs were created and seven were re-activated, resulting in a record year for the program.
For more information about registered apprenticeships or to be considered for a Maryland apprenticeship ambassadorship, contact email@example.com or call 410-767-2246.
The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) is committed to safeguarding and protecting Marylanders. We’re proud to support the economic stability of the state by providing businesses, the workforce, and the consuming public with high-quality, customer-focused regulatory, employment, and training services. For updates and information, follow DLLR on Twitter (@MD_DLLR), Facebook and visit our website.
Director, Communications and Media Relations
The following bills are being heard TOMORROW, Thursday February 15, 2018 in the House Environment & Transportation Committee. Please contact the committee members listed below and tell them that we support the Maglev project and the 74,000 jobs it will bring for our members and our community.
According to Jeff Guido of the Baltimore DC Building Trades, these “bills are intended to slow down and impede and create obstacles for the project to the point it becomes impossible to proceed through the red tape.”
HB 637(SB1004) – Requiring the governing body of a county to hold a public hearing before the transfer of an asset of the county as part of the development of a high-speed transportation system; requiring notice of the public hearing to be delivered by first-class mail to homeowners and businesses within 500 feet of the asset; requiring a supermajority vote for approval by certain county and municipal entities of a transfer of an asset of a county as part of the development of a high-speed transportation system; etc.
HB 638 (SB1005) – Requiring a county, before the transfer of an asset of the county as part of the development of a high-speed transportation system that passes through the county, if the asset is located in a municipality, to negotiate a certain written agreement with the municipality concerning the approval by and financial remuneration to the municipality.
Environment & Transportation Committee
Kumar Barve: Kumar.firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 410-841-3990 | 301-858-3990 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3990
Dana Stein: email@example.com Phone: 410-841-3527 | 301-858-3527 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3527
Carl Anderton: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 410-841-3431 | 301-858-3431 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3431
Pamela Beidle: email@example.comPhone: 410-841-3370 | 301-858-3370 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3370
Alfred Carr, Jr: Alfred.firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 410-841-3638 | 301-858-3638 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3638
Andrew Cassilly: Andrew.email@example.com Phone: 410-841-3444 | 301-858-3444 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3444
Jerry Clark: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 410-841-3314 | 301-858-3314 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3314
Robert Flanagan: email@example.com Phone: 410-841-3077 | 301-858-3077 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3077
William Folden: William.firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 410-841-3240 | 301-858-3240 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3240
Davis Fraser Hildago: email@example.com Phone: 410-841-3186 | 301-858-3186 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3186
Barbara Frush: Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 410-841-3114 | 301-858-3114 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3114
Jim Gilchrist: email@example.com Phone: 410-841-3744 | 301-858-3744 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3744
Anne Healy: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 410-841-3961 | 301-858-3961 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3961
Marvin Holmes: email@example.com Phone: 410-841-3310 | 301-858-3310 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3310
Jay Jacobs: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 410-841-3449 | 301-858-3449 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3449
Jay Jalisi: email@example.com Phone: 410-841-3358 | 301-858-3358 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3358
Tony Knotts: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 410-841-3212 | 301-858-3212 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3212
Stephen Lafferty: Stephen.email@example.com Phone: 410-841-3487 | 301-858-3487 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3487
Robbyn Lewis: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 410-841-3772 | 301-858-3772 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3772
Cory McCray: email@example.com Phone: 410-841-3486 | 301-858-3486 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3486
Herb McMillan: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 410-841-3211 | 301-858-3211 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3211
Charles Otto: Charles.email@example.com Phone: 410-841-3433 | 301-858-3433 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3433
Shane Robinson: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 410-841-3021 | 301-858-3021 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3021
Break out your child’s adorable Christmas outfit and your Santa hat! The annual Local 24′s Children’s Christmas Party will be held Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10 am-2 pm at the Baltimore office (2701 W Patapsco Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230).
This event is open to all children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of active and retired members of Local 24. The festivities will include visits and photos with Santa, a toy for every child, puppet shows, and fun for the whole family. Complimentary hot dogs, french fries and soft drinks will be served.
We hope to see you and your families there!
Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Baltimore Central Labor Council food pantry.
Local 24 proudly welcomed 50 members to their new status of Journeyman Wireman, at the apprenticeship graduation ceremony held on July 14, 2017.
After five demanding years of on-the-job training and classroom instruction, the following members have “topped out”. We extend our very best wishes to all for rewarding careers!
BALTIMORE ELECTRICAL GRADUATES
|Adam Charles Bathurst||Thomas Kenneth Hairsine, Jr.||Benjamin Marcus Mosby|
|Daniel Nelson Berwanger||Joshua McIntyre Hampton||Michael Anthony Paras, Jr.|
|Timothy Paul Bouthner||Edward Scott Heagy||Andre Donte Richardson|
|Ruben John Brekel||Brian David Hoffmann||Garry Martin Schaeffer|
|Edward Charles Calcagno, Jr.||Christopher Scott Holmes||Steven Michael Short|
|Joshua Evan Cammack||Damion Ryan Kenealy, Sr.||Zachary Allan Smearman|
|Danna Celeste Carroll||Taylor Wade Kent||Shane Michael Smith|
|James Michael Chwirut||Joseph Thomas Lambert, Jr.||Michael O’Shea Smith, Jr.|
|Damonte Rydell Connor||Dominic Vincent Maranto||Joshua Matthew Spangler|
|Phillip David Felix Daley, Jr.||Jamaine Anthony Marshall||Andrew Michael Thomas|
|Justin Michael Daman||Regis Keith Matthews||Justin Wade Treuth|
|Paul Nathanael Dressel||Gregory William Miles||Eric Daniel Wheat|
|Douglas Ernesto Duarte||Michael Dennis Miller, Jr.||Brook Austin White|
|Stephen Erich Durrschmidt||Joseph Robert Mills, Jr.||Kenneth Joseph Witt|
|Thomas Joseph Gere, Jr.||Sean Timothy Mitchum||Garvin Marlon Young|
|David Joel Glatfelter||Eric Jordan Moore|
EASTERN SHORE ELECTRICAL GRADUATES
|Michael Cole Anderson||James Alan Johnson, Jr.||Stuart Benton Molnar|
Several of the graduates were also recognized for their excellence in grades and attendance. Awards for highest total grades went to Timothy Paul Bouthner in the Baltimore program, and Stuart Benton Molnar in the Eastern Shore program. Perfect attendance awards were earned by Timothy Paul Bouthner, James Michael Chwirut and Edward Scott Heagy.
The Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee for the Maryland Electrical Industry is sponsored by IBEW Local 24 and the Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Electrical Contractors.
Click on our Facebook link in the upper right corner of this page to view and share photos from the graduation ceremony below and learn more about our training opportunities here.
The IBEW’s International President, Lonnie Stephenson, recently sent the following letter to all IBEW Local Union Business Managers in the United States And Canada:
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
At the 39th IBEW International Convention, the delegates of the IBEW passed the Resolution – “Renewed Commitment to the Code of Excellence”. The resolution affirms a renewed commitment to the IBEW Code of Excellence (COE) and its core values: Safety, Professionalism, Accountability, Relationships, and Quality (SPARQ). In addition, it resolves, “that each local union shall implement the COE by utilizing updated COE tools and training materials.” That is why I am pleased to announce that all IBEW local unions and members will now have access to a quarterly Code of Excellence newsletter called The IBEW SPARQ.
The IBEW SPARQ will be published online quarterly. Each edition will focus on one of the SPARQ core values of the Code of Excellence. The first newsletter, the July 2017 edition, focuses on Safety. Each edition will have the same format: a cover story that highlights the importance of the values of the COE, a section specific to each branch of the IBEW, and a section that will allow for local unions to share their Code of Excellence success stories.
Local union leaders and members will be able to find the newsletters on the IBEW website at www.ibew.org. Look for the COE-SPARQ tab at the top of the page, and you can download any or all branch newsletters. These resources can be used to inform and educate our members, our customers, and even our communities. Demonstrating the core values of the Code of Excellence at all times is part of who we are as IBEW members and leaders, and it’s important to tell our story. By keeping SPARQ at the forefront of everything we do, we will continue to grow and thrive as a union for generations to come.
I hope that you will join me in sharing our story of IBEW excellence across all of our industries with everyone you know. Enjoy The IBEW SPARQ.
With best wishes, I am
Lonnie R. Stephenson
We would like to take this time to congratulate the men and women of Baltimore Gas & Electric in their great victory, forming IBEW Local #410. It was a long road to travel. The workers of BGE started working to organize their union over 20 years ago. Local 24 is grateful for every opportunity to help in this tremendous journey.
This latest campaign was an effort that received support from volunteers and organizers from all over the country. Members flooded in from the West Coast, Mid West and of course the East. I can say that everyone that took part was dedicated to the labor movement and to the new members of Local #410. It was amazing to see what can happen when a group works together to achieve a common goal.
We look forward to working with our new brothers and sisters as they form the foundation for many prosperous years to come.
Gary R. Griffin
Maryland is one of many states that allows voters the flexibility of early voting. You can vote and make your voice heard on your schedule, when it is convenient for you!
From Thursday, October 27, 2016 through Thursday, November 3, 2016, there will be polling locations open from 8AM to 8PM in every county in Maryland (see complete list below).
Representatives from Local 24, along with other unions and members of organized labor who are affiliated with the MD & DC AFL-CIO, have issued endorsements in most of the major races in Maryland. Endorsements are based upon direct interviews, publicly stated positions on issues that are important to working families, and the candidates’ records.
LABOR’S ENDORSED CANDIDATES
(Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO)
Hillary Clinton – Endorsement
U.S. Senate (Maryland):
Chris Van Hollen – Endorsement
U.S. Congress (District of Columbia)
Eleanor Holmes Norton – Endorsement
U.S. Congress (Maryland)
Dutch Ruppersberger – Endorsement
John Sarbanes – Endorsement
Anthony Brown – Endorsement
Steny Hoyer – Endorsement
Elijah Cummings – Endorsement
Jamin “Jamie” Raskin – Endorsement
No Recommendation: Requires a majority (50% +1) of the votes cast, and affiliates may support the candidate of their choice.
Endorsement: Requires a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the votes cast, and all affiliates are expected to support that candidate.
Limited Endorsement: Requires a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the votes cast.
No Endorsement: Requires a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the votes cast, and all affiliates are expected not to offer support to any candidate in that race.
MARYLAND EARLY VOTING CENTERS
All of the early voting centers in Maryland are accessible to voters with disabilities.
- Allegany County Office Complex – 701 Kelly Rd, Room 100, Cumberland, MD 21502
Anne Arundel County
- Odenton Regional Library – 1325 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD 21113
- Glen Burnie Regional Library – 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie, MD 21060
- Severna Park Community Library – 45 W. McKinsey Rd, Severna Park, MD 21146
- Annapolis Senior Activity Center – 119 S. Villa Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401
- Edgewater Community Library – 25 Stepneys Ln, Edgewater, MD 21037
- Public Safety Training Facility(Old Pimlico Middle) – 3500 W. Northern Pkwy (Enter on Manhattan Ave.), Baltimore, MD 21215
- Southeast Anchor Library – 3601 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224
- Maritime Industries Academy School #431 – Rear Entrance – Enter on Truesdale Ave.) 5001 Sinclair Lane, Baltimore, MD 21206
- League for People with Disabilities – 1111 East Coldspring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21239
- Westside Skills Center – 4501 Edmondson Ave. (Enter on Athol Ave), Baltimore, MD 21229
- Univ. of MD at Baltimore – Comm. Engagement Ctr, 1 N. Poppleton St, Baltimore, MD 21201
- Towson Univ. – Admin. Bldg, 7720 York Rd, Towson, MD 21252
- Arbutus Comm. Ctr – 865 Sulphur Spring , Baltimore, MD 21227
- Honeygo Run Community Ctr – 9033 Honeygo Blvd, Perry Hall, MD 21128
- Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Ctr – 323 Sollers Point Rd, Dundalk, MD 21222
- Randallstown Community Ctr – 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, MD 21133
- Victory Villa Community Ctr – 404 E. Compass Rd, Baltimore, MD 21220
- Center for MD Agriculture & Farm Park – 1114 Shawan Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030
- Reisterstown Sr Ctr- Hannah Moore, 12035 Reisterstown Rd, Reisterstown, MD 21136
- Woodlawn Community Ctr – 2120 Gwynn Oak Ave., Woodlawn, MD 21207
- Community Resources Bldg – 30 Duke Street – Lower Level, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
- Caroline County Health & Public Services Bldg – 1st Floor, Room 112, 403 S. Seventh St Denton, MD 21629
- Westminster Senior Activities Ctr – 125 Stoner Ave, Westminster, MD 21157
- Cecil County Admin. Bldg- Elk Room – 200 Chesapeake Blvd, Elkton, MD 21921
- LaPlata Firehouse – 911 Washington Ave., La Plata, MD 20646
- Gleneagles Neighborhood Ctr – 4900 Kirkcaldy Court, Waldorf, MD 20602
- Dorchester County Office Bldg – Lobby – 501 Court Lane, Cambridge, MD 21613
- Frederick Sr Ctr – 1440 Taney Ave, Frederick, MD 21702
- Thurmont Regional Library – 76 East Moser Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788
- Urbana Regional Library – 9020 Amelung St, Frederick, MD 21704
- Oakland Comm. Ctr – (The Armory) – 14 North 8th St, Oakland, MD 21550
- Northern Outreach Ctr – 12601 National Pike, Grantsville, MD 21536
- McFaul Activity Ctr – 525 W. MacPhail Rd, Bel Air, MD 21014
- Edgewood Library – 629 Edgewood Rd, Edgewood, MD 21040
- The University Center (formerly HEAT Ctr) – 1201 Technology Dr, Aberdeen, MD 21001
- Jarrettsville Library – 3722 Norrisville Rd, Jarrettsville, MD 21084
- The Bain Senior Ctr – 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044
- Howard County Miller Branch Library – 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042
- Ridgely’s Run Community Ctr – 8400 Mission Rd, Jessup, MD 20794
- Kent County Public Library – 408 High St, Chestertown, MD 21620
- Activity Ctr at Bohrer Park Social Hall – 506 S. Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
- Germantown Community Recreation Ctr – 18905 Kingsview Rd, Germantown, MD 20874
- Marilyn J. Praisner Community Center – 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866
- Executive Office Building Auditorium – 101 Monroe St, Rockville, MD 20850
- Silver Spring Civic Bldg at Veterans Plaza – One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910
- Damascus Community Recreation Center Social Hall – 25520 Oak Dr., Damascus, MD 20872
- Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center Social Hall – 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
- Mid-County Community Recreation Center Social Hall – 2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906
- Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad – 2400 Arcola Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902
- Potomac Community Recreation Ctr – 11315 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD 20854
Prince George’s County
- Upper Marlboro Community Ctr – 5400 Marlboro Race Track Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
- College Park Community Ctr – 5051 Pierce Ave, College Park, MD 20740
- Baden Community Ctr – 13601 Baden-Westwood Rd, Brandywine, MD 20613
- Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Ctr – 8001 Sheriff Rd, Landover, MD 20785
- Bowie Gymnasium – 4100 Northview Dr, Bowie, MD 20716
- Laurel – Beltsville Senior Activity Ctr – 7120 Contee Rd, Laurel, MD 20707
- Suitland Community Park School – 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville, MD 20747
- Southern Regional Tech and Recreation Complex – 7007 Bock Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744
Queen Anne’s County
- Queen Anne’s County Community Services, Kramer Ctr – 104 Powell St, Centreville, MD 21617
- Kent Island Fire Department – 1610 Main Street, Chester, MD 21619
St. Mary’s County
- Hollywood Firehouse Carnival Bingo Bldg – 24801 Three Notch Rd, Hollywood, MD 20636
- Somerset County Office Bldg, Stes 102 & 105 – 11916 Somerset Ave., Princess Anne, MD 21853
- Easton Fire Hall – 315 Aurora Park Dr, Easton, MD 21601
- Washington County Early Voting Ctr (Phoenix Color Bldg II)- 101 Tandy Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21740
- Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center Midway Room 500 Glen Ave, Salisbury, MD 21804
- Gull Creek Sr Living Community – 1 Meadow St, Berlin, MD 21811
The excitement was widespread when Under Armour announced its plans to redevelop Port Covington, site of the old Sparrows Point steel mill, to build a distribution center and employ 1000 people. That sort of growth should be good news for Baltimore.
Like many businesses, Under Armour is asking the city of Baltimore for tax incentives for the new distribution center. Local labor unions believe that it is important for everyone to win – businesses when they receive tax breaks and other incentives, AND the city and community when development results in good-paying local jobs and a stronger tax base.
There are still unaddressed issues that can have a significant impact on exactly how good the new Under Armour distribution center will be for the community. For example, will the project be built union? Will the hiring for permanent jobs there be done locally? How much will those jobs pay? Is there enough affordable housing in the area?
Many Local 24 members, along with members of several other union locals affiliated with the Baltimore Metro Council AFL-CIO, met before the Baltimore City Council meeting on September 8, 2016 to remind city officials about these concerns, and to ask the Council members and Mayor to make sure all the issues are addressed before a decision is made.