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PA Building Trades Council and PA Apprentice Coordinators Associations hold Lobby Day for Building Trades Apprentices

June 11, 2013

Cameron Rupert (Business Manager), Joe Didiano (Business Agent), Joe Levandowski (Apprentice), Steve Lauffer (Apprentice), Dean Price (Apprentice) and Donald Lyons (Apprentice) in the main rotunda of the capitol, Harrisburg, PA.

    Today, June 11, 2013 hundreds of union building trades appreciates , coordinators and instructors from twenty different building trades crafts came to the State Capitol for Apprentice Awareness Day in Pennsylvania to educate elected officials on the value of union-run apprentice training programs as a career path to stable, middle class jobs. Frank Sirianni, the President of the Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trades Council, noted that opportunities for employment in family-sustaining jobs in the construction industry depend on workers having training in technical skills and job safety. “There are over 8,100 active building trade apprentices being educated for tomorrow’s work force right now in Pennsylvania, that is over 80% of all apprentices in the construction industry in Pennsylvania.” said Sirianni. “The highly technical and complex jobs required to function in the work environment of the future depend on having a well trained work force. That is what the apprentice programs provide to the State’s economy.” “Apprentice Awareness day is a way for recent high school graduates, technical school graduates, veterans and our elected officials to learn about opportunities in the construction industry and the importance and value of our apprenticeship and training programs in Pennsylvania,” said Sirianni. “It is also a great way for apprentices to meet their elected officials.”

Representative Joe Patrarca (D) in the center of the picture met with Mr. Joe Petrarca to ask for continued support of the Prevailing Rate Law and our fight against the Right to Work Legislation. Joe represents districts in which Apprentice Joe Levandosky and Steve Lauffer reside.

All Pennsylvania building trades apprentice programs are funded through a cooperative effort between different crafts’ unions and employers and they are designed to provide apprentices with life-long skills and careers. These Labor/Management organizations emphasize skills training and job safety. They serve as a valuable asset to Pennsylvania’s economy because they cost apprentices nothing to attend. They provide immediate job opportunities both during training and upon completion of the rigorous courses in different trades. Sirianni said it was important for Pennsylvania’s elected officials to understand the value of union apprenticeship programs because well-trained workers can deliver quality construction jobs on time, on budget and minimize the number of costly safety accidents and violations that come with construction jobs done by unskilled or poorly trained workers. “When an employer uses our union apprentice programs to find workers for a particular project they can be assured that the workforce they hire will have a high degree of skills training and an emphasis on safety on the job,” said Sirianni. “That combination is an essential factor in guaranteeing that the project gets completed correctly the first time out, and minimizes long term cost by eliminating the need for post-construction corrections of shoddy work.”

For more information about Apprentice Day on June 11 and Union Building Trades Apprenticeship opportunities in the construction industry, check our web site at

For more information on the Pennsylvania Building and Construction Trades Council, go to the Council’s web site at or contact at 717-233-5726.

Representative Carl Walker Metzgar standing right side of photo. He represents Donald Lyons, a new apprentice residing in Somerset Twp. Picture taken in the House Chambers.

To view more photos from our trip to Harrisburg, click this link for the 2013 Apprentice Awareness Day (Photos)