GO Item 2
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 40-14, Contracts and Procurement
Requirements - Apprenticeship Training
David Dise, DGS
Bonnie Kirkland, Assistant CAO
Grace Denno, DGS
Jack Gibala, DGS
Bill 40-14, Contracts and Procurement Prevailing Wage Requirements - Apprenticeship
Training, sponsored by Councilmembers Riemer and Branson, was introduced on September 9,
2014. A public hearing was held on October 7.
Bill 40-14 would require a contractor or subcontractor on County construction contracts
subject to the County Prevailing Wage Law to provide apprenticeship training directly or by
making payments to support apprenticeship training programs operated by other organizations,
including the Building and Construction Technology Program operated by Montgomery College.
The Bill would also permit required payments made by a contractor or subcontractor for
apprenticeship training programs to be deducted from the applicable prevailing wage rate.
Although the construction industry is an important source of middle class jobs, many
construction contractors report that they are having trouble fmding qualified workers to fill key
positions. Apprenticeship training for construction craft workers is declining. Chapter 687 ofthe
2009 Laws of Maryland established a State Apprenticeship Training Fund and required State
construction contractors to provide apprenticeship training or pay into the Fund. Bill 40-14 would
provide a similar requirement for County construction contractors. Councilmember Riemer
explained the purpose of the Bill at ©13-16.
Each of the 5 speakers at the public hearing supported the Bill. DGS Director David Dise,
speaking on behalf of the Executive, supported the Bill as a necessary effort to increase funding
for apprenticeship training. (©24) Jeff Guido, of the Community Hub for Opportunities in
Construction Employment (CHOICE), an organization that represents 25,000 skilled construction
craft workers in Maryland, Virginia, and the District ofColumbia, supported the Bill (©25). Joslyn