JUNEAU – Following an informational hearing in the House Labor and Commerce Committee on February 5, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development today suspended its proposal to create a work around to apprenticeship requirements for people training to become electricians and plumbers.
In a press release, Labor Commissioner Tamika Ledbetter announced that DOLWD no longer intends to implement the new regulations, and the commissioner directed staff to look for ways to strengthen career and technical training.
Rep. Ivy Spohnholz, chair of the House Labor and Commerce Committee, released the following statement on the decision:
“I thank labor leaders at the Alaska Joint Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Trust and elsewhere, as well as business leaders from organizations like the Associated Builders and Contractors, for speaking up and convincing the administration of the need for collaboration with workforce development experts and industry leaders when considering changes to this proven program.
While this is a positive first step, the Labor and Commerce Committee will continue to carefully track the community engagement process that the administration promised.”
– Rep. Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage)
DOLWD plans to hold a stakeholder engagement meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. on March 16 at the Atwood Building in Anchorage, in Juneau at 1111 W Eighth Street, Room 104, and in Fairbanks at the governor’s conference room at 675 Seventh Avenue. The meeting will also be video-conferenced.
Alaska House Majority