Tile Study Group Adopts Uniform Training System
Journal: October - November 2002
At its October meeting, BAC’s Executive Council formally adopted a uniform training system for tile, marble, and terrazzo mechanics and finishers recommended by the Union’s Tile Study Group. The new system supports a logical system of advancement, and complies with U.S. and Canadian requirements for registered training programs.
It includes detailed competency levels that apprentices in each craft category will need to achieve to successfully complete their apprenticeship, as well as a means of progressing through apprenticeship levels and from finisher to mechanic status. In addition, the Study Group recommended long-term goals for achieving greater uniformity of wages and benefits. At the Council meeting, BAC President John J. Flynn congratulated the labor and management members of the Study Group for achieving their goal, and noted that they had devised “a system that we believe will strengthen this important segment of our industry.”
Need for a Task Force
The need for the Study Group flowed out of the findings of the BAC Apprenticeship and Training Task Force. At their first meeting, the Study Group reviewed the Task Force’s findings:
Based on a review of existing training programs in place and government requirements for a registered training program, the Study Group identified key components of a uniform training system for tile, marble, and terrazzo. Under the new system:
The Study Group’s recommendations also included longer-term goals related to equalizing fringe benefits for finishers and mechanics within a Local, and creating an economic incentive for interested finishers to transition to a mechanic apprenticeship program.