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Apprenticeship Program

As we continue to roll out our policy plans for a concrete way to preserve Islip, for now and future generations, today we're going to touch on our labor policy.
The Town of Islip cannot grow without sustainable, smart building projects and developments. However, alongside growth, we must consider the importance of organized labor that has been protected by American unions for well over a hundred years. Unions make our economy stronger and support the workers who built Long Island. Unions provide well-paying jobs with good benefits and improve the quality of life for their members. Attempts to reverse Long Island’s “brain drain,” the exodus of our younger generations from their hometowns, must involve expanding the pool of available careers that can support a family. Unions provide these careers, and, increasingly, young people are drawn to these jobs, avoiding the high cost of college and finding purpose in a craft or trade.
Yet, currently, Islip is the only town on Long Island that does not have an apprenticeship law. This is shameful, and, when elected, my team and I will enact the following apprenticeship regulation:
Public works projects in excess of $250,000 and/or 100,000 square feet, whichever is less, which have been filed with the Town Division of Building on or after the effective date of this regulation, will be subject to an apprenticeship law. A “public works project” shall mean a contract or bid for the erection, construction, alteration, improvement, or repair of any public facility or immovable property owned by the Town of Islip or a public benefit corporation or a commission appointed pursuant to law by the Town of Islip.
Prior to the issuance of a building permit or awarding of a municipal bid for such public works projects, an applicant shall demonstrate that any general contractor, contractor or subcontractor for such project participates in an approved apprenticeship training program(s), appropriate for the type and scope of work to be performed, that has been registered with, and approved by, the New York State Department of Labor in accordance with Article 23 of the New York Labor Law.
This common sense legislation is already in place across the rest of Long Island and will help ensure that Islip remains a place that skilled laborers can proudly call home. Today’s labor apprentices are tomorrow’s electricians, telecommunications workers, contractors, plumbers, HVAC technicians, and more. They will literally build a 21st century Islip. It behooves us to do what we can to support them and to preserve Islip, now and for the future.

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