First implemented in 1997, we have worked with Signatory Contractors, Laborer Local Union Halls and other trade affiliation groups across the state to ensure that the new and upcoming Construction Labor force has a diverse set of skills that meet the workforce needs currently and in the future.
a. Michigan Laborers’ Training and Apprenticeship Institute (MLTAI) is dedicated to the development of safe, skilled, and productive Construction Craft Laborers. Due to the increasingly technical and extremely varied nature of Construction Craft Laborers’ duties, LIUNA has implemented an Apprenticeship program that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). Once graduated, the apprentice will receive:
i. Journeyman card from the local
ii. Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship from the USDOL
iii. Eligibility for full Journeyman pay
2. Why join our Program?
a. In Michigan, there is currently a huge demand for skilled workers in the Building Trades. By participating in our apprenticeship program, you can get ahead of the game by expanding your skill-set while getting paid as you work. Without incurring any debt, our nationally recognized program will grant you the highest level of skill, compensation, and benefits that our trade has to offer.
3. Better Pay
a. In comparison to community college or university education, The Building Tradesman Newspaper reports, “The wage a worker earns upon completing an apprenticeship program is higher on average than the wage of those with an associate degree who are younger than 40.” Additionally, our apprentices owe nothing when they graduate from their apprenticeship, whereas the average student loan debt in Michigan was $29,518 in 2014.
b. When comparing union and non-union worker pay, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that union members earned $1,051.00 per week compared to the $860.00 non-union workers earn weekly. In addition, union apprentices receive larger wage increases with each Stage Advancement of the program. By completing the Apprenticeship program, you become eligible for Journeyman status which earns 100% of the current pay rate (see Stages and Wages for more information about pay scale). The Building Tradesman Newspaper states, “On average, workers completing an apprenticeship program saw their wages increase by 51%, while for non-union apprentices, the increase was 30%.”
4. Better Benefits
a. Unionized Construction Craft Laborers have excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as a generous pension plan with an annuity savings plan. As shown below, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports union workers consistently have access to employee benefits at a much higher rate than non-union workers.