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LU #553 General Membership

From: Rob Axford, Business Manager

Date:   July 24, 2019


Greetings to each of you!

Please see the attached letter from International President Lonnie Stephenson dated July 18, 2019.


I ask that you read the enclosed letter and the accompanying attachment and follow through with President Stephenson’s request for participation. We respectfully request your support in our endeavor.

Below are several points we need to keep in mind with the proposed changes to non-JATC apprenticeship programs:

IRAPs are not state or federally certified apprenticeship programs. They are recognized and/or regulated by the company.

There are no state or federal regulations for wage increases during apprenticeship

There is a possibility of differing interpretations of quality and safety standards

Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this request on behalf of the IBEW.


Rob Axford Business Manager