Letter: Apprentices need training to graduate
This letter appeared on April 7th in Newsday:
This is a rebuttal to "Limiting pool of bidders will cost" [Letters, March 27]. Suffolk County's apprenticeship law has been in place since 2002. The only change in a recent revision was the requirement to show a graduation rate.
I believe contractors who don't want to see apprentices graduate could use the program for self gain. They would keep apprentices at the lowest pay rate possible, but bid for county contracts showing a higher rate of pay. This would unfairly enable contractors to keep more money.
Pete Zarcone, Holtsville
Editor's note: The writer is an executive board member of the General Building Laborers Local 66.