For the first time in 30 years, the United States Department of Labor ("DOL") is planning to amend the laws relating to how women and minorities participate in Registered Apprenticeship Programs. As part of the process to change the laws, the DOL will be asking the public to comment about how to improve these laws.
This is a rare and important opportunity for tradeswomen and their allies to tell the government about what is and what is not working in registered apprenticeship programs. It is critical that the government have a clear understanding of the challenges faced by women and minorities in these programs so that appropriate changes can be made to the laws.
Legal Momentum and the National Taskforce on Tradeswomen's Issues want to make sure that the government hears from you.
There are two phases to this process:
Make sure that the DOL hears from women who have real experiences with apprenticeship programs:
When the DOL formally asks the public to comment on the laws, we will post a list of the specific questions that the DOL would like addressed. We will also post sample letters which you can use to create your own letter to submit to the DOL. It is important for you to think about the specific questions that the DOL is asking about and to try to address some of these questions in your letter. We will also provide you with information about where and when to send in your letter.
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