Washtenaw Community College and the Sprinkler Fitters of UA Local Union 669 signed a five-year contract extension on Wednesday, November 8, to continue the college’s involvement in providing the educational component of the union’s apprenticeship program. The agreement extends the contract through December 2022.
“We are very proud to continue our relationship with Washtenaw Community College,” said Local 669 Business Manager Brian Dunn. “Since the beginning of our partnership in 2006, the college and its sprinkler fitter apprentice education staff have exceeded our expectations. Apprenticeships are a proven workforce development strategy that creates an ongoing supply of skilled workers. We look forward to this extension of our mutually beneficial relationship.”
An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction where workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation, such as a sprinkler fitter and is advantageous to both the student and the employer.
“This contract extension allows WCC to administer training programs on a national scale, which reflect current industry trends in the fire protection industry,” said WCC Dean of Apprenticeships and Skilled Trades Training Programs Marilyn Donham.
Local 669 Secretary/Treasurer Robert Cooper and Training Director Charles Ketner also attended the signing ceremony held at the college.
The five-year Sprinkler Fitter Apprenticeship Program, monitored by the union’s Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, requires 10,000 working hours, which are acquired by a combination of in-classroom training and distance learning courses.
Washtenaw Community College is hosting a pair of events in honor of the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2017 National Apprenticeship Week, November 13-19.
At a luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 15, retired USDOL Office of Apprenticeships administrator Anthony Swoope will present a keynote address on how an apprenticeship program can be a smart answer to preparing the workforce for those hard-to-fill, high-skilled jobs. It will be held from 11:30am to 1:30 p.m. in the Morris Lawrence Building. RSVP at wccnet.edu/apprenticeships.
On Thursday, Nov. 16, WCC will host an Apprenticeship Career Fair from 1:00 to 4 p.m. in the Morris Lawrence Building. Register at wccnet.edu/apprenticeship-careerfair. Organizations scheduled to attend include:
- Hatch Stamping Company
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 252, Ann Arbor Electrical JATC
- Milan Metal Systems, LLC
- United Association Union of Plumbers, Pipefitters, Service Techs, Steamfitters, and Sprinklerfitters with representatives from Local 190 of Ann Arbor and Local 333 of Lansing, Battle Creek and Jackson
ABOUT UA LOCAL 669
Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Local 669 is affiliated with the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada. Local 669 represents more than 10,000 members across the country and is the largest local union in the UA. The principal function of a sprinkler fitter is the installation and maintenance of fire protection systems.