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SWACCA Joins CEA in Urging the Senate to Pass the National Apprenticeship Act

The Signatory Wall and Ceiling Contractors Alliance (SWACCA) joined its allies in the Construction Employers of America (CEA) in sending a letter of support for the National Apprenticeship Act of 2021 (H.R. 447) to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). As you will recall, SWACCA sent a letter of support to the House Education and Labor Committee on January 29 ahead of the Committee’s mark-up of H.R. 447.

SWACCA has been advocating passage of this important legislation since last Congress. It passed the House on February 5, 2021 by a bipartisan vote of 247-173, and we are now pushing the Senate to pass it. The bill would: (1) provide $3.5 billion over 5 years for grant programs to create or support registered apprenticeship programs; (2) codify and streamline standards for registered youth apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship programs; (3) codify the existence of the Office of Apprenticeship at DOL; and (4) ensure the continuation of DOL’s National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships.

You can read the full letter here.

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