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The U.S. Department Of Labor Appoints 29 Members - Including 10 From Labor - To The Newly-Reinstated Advisory Committee On Apprenticeship

Published Wednesday, September 22, 2021
by The U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department Of Labor Appoints 29 Members - Including 10 From Labor - To The Newly-Reinstated Advisory Committee On Apprenticeship

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the appointments of 29 members to serve on the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship in order to provide advice and recommendations on issues related to Registered Apprenticeship.

The Advisory Committee will also promote greater awareness of the benefits of Apprenticeship, foster increased alignment between Apprenticeship opportunities and workforce and education systems, expand Apprenticeship into new industries and occupations and ensure equity for under-represented populations.

“The Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship represents the combined expertise of leaders across industry and workforce sectors,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh said. “Their collective voices will inspire innovative Apprenticeship and training strategies to boost our economy and build an equitable workforce by delivering a system that is better to aligned with the needs of historically marginalized communities.” 

Secretary Walsh appointed Bunker Hill Community College President Dr. Pam Eddinger to serve as the committee’s chairperson.

“Apprenticeships are a proven learn-while-you-earn method for equipping Workers with the skills and knowledge they need to compete and succeed in a growing economy,” Dr. Eddinger said. “Working with Secretary Walsh and the members of the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, we can amplify the merits of Registered Apprenticeships and highlight how they can strengthen our Nation’s workforce and ensure that under-represented populations share in our country’s prosperity.”

Members of the committee serve two-year terms, representing employers, Labor-Management Organizations, community colleges and other institutions.

Representatives from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Education, Energy, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Health and Human Services serve as ex officio members.

President Joe Biden announced the relaunch of the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship in February 2021 and the Department began seeking nominations in May 2021.

The first meeting of the committee will convene virtually on October 6th.

Meetings are open to the public.

Those from Organized Labor who were named to the Advisory Committee were: United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the U.S., Canada: Assistant Director, Education and Training Raymond W. Boyd; Service Employees International Union (SEIU): Executive Director, Healthcare Career Advancement Program, Daniel Bustillo; Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU): International President John A. Costa; American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District 1199J: Executive Director, Training and Development Fund Stephanie Harris-Kuiper; Carpenters International Training Fund: Retired Executive Director William K. Irwin Jr.; Ironworkers International General Organizer and Director, Diversity Vicki L. O’Leary; International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW): Director, Occupation, Safety & Health and Apprenticeship Michael C. Oathout; Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA): Assistant Director, Training Bernadette Oliveira-Rivera; International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT): Executive Director, International Finishing Trades Institute (FTI) Anton P. Ruesing; and Electrical Training ALLIANCE: Executive Director Todd W. Stafford.

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