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Maryland Legislature Takes Bold Action for State’s Workers, Taxpayers and Contractors With Passage of POWER Act

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.

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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.

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