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Maryland Legislature Takes Bold Action for State’s Workers, Taxpayers and Contractors With Passage of POWER Act
“Encouraging Construction Skills Training and Apprenticeships Builds a Bigger Ladder to the Middle Class”
Annapolis, Md. (April 11, 2017) – Dennis Martire, Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager for LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today regarding passage of the POWER Act by the Maryland Legislature:
“Passage of the POWER Act will benefit Maryland’s workers, taxpayers and construction contractors. It will encourage the creation of family-sustaining construction careers, help ensure that publicly-funded projects are completed on time and on budget by responsible employers, and further develop a pool of highly skilled and trained workers for the state’s contractors.
“In short, encouraging construction skills training and apprenticeships builds a bigger ladder to the middle class.”
The Act will require contractors on more projects to use apprentices from registered apprenticeship programs and to fund apprenticeship programs through a 25-cent contribution for each construction crafts employee work-hour. Learn more about the POWER Act.
LIUNA’s Mid-Atlantic Region includes more than 40,000 workers predominantly in the construction industry in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, Virginia and North Carolina.