Highlights of the Telecommunications Category One Language and Apprenticeship Ratios

Category One Language:

  1. Discusses the classifications of Installer/Technician and Installer/Technician Apprentice for the purpose of apprenticeship only. Other classifications, such as Technicians including different levels of Technicians or Senior Technician, Systems Integrator, and Cable Pullers, are left to local discretion or negotiations.
  2. Provides for a special subcommittee to handle all Telecommunications Apprenticeship matters including processing and selecting apprentice applicants and overseeing training.
  3. Calls for the adoption and standardization of registered apprenticeship programs as required by applicable regulations. Having properly registered standards provides signatory contractors the advantage of having established the program rather than some other group and it allows apprentice wages to be paid on wage and hour jobs.
  4. Provides for adequate training in all the work processes that have been scientifically identified as part of the trade from the job analysis and stated in the standards. The regulations require that the sponsor assume this responsibility.
  5. There is a one to one job site ratio. It is important to make the point that an employer's shop is also considered as a job site where there can also be a number of apprentices assigned under the one to one ratio of apprentice to installer/technicians, technicians, and other advanced classifications as determined locally. This allows an employer to assign workers to perform tasks at different locations using any combination of workers regardless of their classification. There is nothing that would preclude an apprentice assigned to the shop from responding to such a call or assignment as determined by the employer. The one to one is the maximum ratio approved by any state or federal apprenticeship registration agency. In some state regulations the ratio is limited to 1 to 3.
  6. The apprentice is clearly allowed to be supervised by installer/technicians, technicians, or any supervisor as assigned by the employer.
  7. There is no restriction in the language to preclude an apprentice from working in the absence of on-site supervision. Apprentices may be left to work alone as per Section 5.11. NOTE: There may be some issues which arise on wage and hour jobs as there have been under other agreements.
  8. All employees must participate in the NEBF as per the NEBF trust and the National agreements of and preceding 1977. In 1986, after review by legal counsel, it was determined that participation in Health and Welfare Plans on the part of apprentices was recommended in the light of then current law. It was also determined by the parties to be the proper and responsible course of action. The specifics of the plan and coverages are to be determined by the local parties. There is no requirement that it be the same coverages as provided in the Inside or any other agreement. This decision is outside the scope of the apprenticeship language as it only requires that they shall be covered and allowed to participate to the extent determined locally.
  9. Participating employers must contribute to the training trust. The amount of contribution is to be determined locally by the parties to the agreement.