EASTERN SHORE
JOINT APPRENTICESHIP & TRAINING SUB-COMMITTEE, LOCAL UNION 24, I.B.E.W.
& MARYLAND CHAPTER, NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION

BASIC RULES & POLICIES FOR APPRENTICES

THE OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSES OF THE JOINT APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINING PROGRAM ARE TO INSURE A SUFFICIENT SUPPLY OF TRAINED JOURNEYMAN ELECTRICIANS FOR THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY IN THE GEOGRAPHICAL AREA GOVERNED BY LOCAL UNION NO. 24, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS AND MARYLAND CHAPTER, NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION.

THE FOLLOWING RULES & POLICIES APPLY TO ALL APPRENTICES, AND ARE A CONDITION OF CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAM. THE APPRENTICE AGREEMENT, WHICH HAS BEEN SIGNED BY A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE JATC, A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MARYLAND STATE APPRENTICESHIP COUNCIL AND THE APPRENTICE, OBLIGATES THE JATC TO PROVIDE RELATED INSTRUCTION CLASSES AND THE APPRENTICE TO ATTEND SUCH CLASSES. THE COURSE MATERIAL IS VERY COMPREHENSIVE AND ABSENTEEISM PUTS THE APPRENTICE AT A DISADVANTAGE; THEREFORE, APPRENTICES ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND ALL CLASSES.

1. All Apprentices must enter the program through the Sub-Committee. An Apprentice may be removed from training during any period of apprenticeship for violation of Sub-Committee Rules and Policies. Removal by the Sub-Committee cancels the classification of Apprentice and the opportunity to continue classroom and on-the-job training (OJT).

2. Each Apprentice will be required to purchase, through the JATC Office, textbooks and workbooks necessary for the first year apprenticeship and show proof of having their tools. Apprentices in each subsequent year shall purchase the required textbooks and workbooks through the JATC Office and have adequate tools to complete that year of the program. All calculators used in the classroom must be purchased or approved through the J.A.T.C. Office. No Apprentice will be allowed to start school unless all books and related materials are purchased.

3. All Apprentices will attend all related training classes including additional seminars or sessions scheduled and deemed necessary by the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Sub-Committee.

4. Regular on-the-job attendance and class attendance is mandatory. Absenteeism or lateness will not be tolerated.

5. The Apprentice will work the hours scheduled for the job. However, school takes precedence over all other activities including overtime. If an Apprentice is going to be absent from work they will call the jobsite or give as much advance notice as possible to the supervisor or others designated by the employer.

6. Satisfactory progress must be maintained in on-the-job training (OJT) and in the classroom.

7. An uncooperative attitude or improper conduct, either on-the-job or in the classroom, will not be tolerated and will be cause for termination of the Apprenticeship Agreement.

8. All newly entering Apprentices, including those entering under organizing or receiving advance standing, will be required to take a physical examination which will include a urine sample for chemical analysis.

All apprentices must adhere to the current drug policy in force with Local Union No. 24, IBEW and Maryland Chapter, NECA.

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9. A drug and alcohol screening test will be required for any Apprentice involved in an accident or for any Apprentice whose classroom or work performance indicates the Apprentice is not performing up to their normal standards.

The Sub-Committee’s definition of “not performing up to their normal standards” means, but is not limited to, excessive job absenteeism or chronic lateness, school absenteeism or chronic lateness, a deterioration in test grades, a decline in job evaluation ratings, or other conduct creating a reasonable suspicion of drug or alcohol use.

10. Any Apprentice under the influence, possession, or consumption of any alcoholic beverages, non-prescribed drugs, or other controlled substances of any kind, or bringing such into the school building or onto the school property, or onto any property utilized by the J.A.T.C. including all on-the-job training (OJT) jobsites, will be cause for termination of their Apprenticeship Agreement.

11. Incremental pay increases will be granted by the Sub-Committee, after a review of the individual Apprentice's school and on-the-job training (OJT) record, and only after the minimum required hours of on-the-job and related classroom training have been completed.

12. A minimum of 8,000 hours of on-the-job training (OJT) over the five- year period is required for
successful completion of the program.

13. Each month every Apprentice shall complete and send in a monthly work report showing the number of hours worked in the various categories shown on the form (forms supplied by JATC). On the work report each Apprentice will provide the name and complete address of the Journeyman with whom they worked during the month the report covers. Work reports are due in the Apprentice Director's office postmarked or hand delivered no later than ten (10) days from the last day of each month.

14. Related classes of instruction are between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. for evening school. Apprentices are required to have their homework assignments prepared before classes begin. All reference materials and texts for lessons to be covered shall be carried to class.

15. Tests will be administered without advance notice or review, soon after study of the booklet lesson is complete. Apprentices must be prepared to take a test at any time. Quizzes and additional homework assignments may be required by the Instructor.

16. The minimum passing grade shall be 75 percent.

17. Tobacco products are not permitted in the school building and used only in designated areas.

18. Any Apprentice who wishes to appear before the Sub-Committee must make a request in writing, stating the specific reason for the appearance.

19. Any Apprentice who has been terminated from the program and wishes to appeal their termination must submit their appeal in writing to the Sub-Committee within ten (10) calendar days of their termination.

20. Electronic equipment, such as but not limited to, radios, cell phones and pagers, are not allowed in classrooms or school building at anytime.

21. No food or drinks are allowed outside the designated break area.


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22. PROBATIONARY PERIOD

After signing the Apprenticeship Agreement, an apprentice will be on probation for the first 2,000 hours of on-the-job training (OJT) and completion of their first year curriculum. During this period the apprenticeship agreement may be cancelled by either party and for any reason.

23. ASSIGNMENT OF APPRENTICES (OJT)

1. Apprentice OJT assignments to the employer will be made by the authority of the Director.

2. Apprentices SHALL report as assigned by the authority of the Director. An apprentice MAY NOT
refuse an OJT assignment. Such a refusal SHALL result in termination from the program.

3. An apprentice MAY NOT quit an OJT assignment (receiving a layoff as a result of requesting a
layoff will be considered the same as quitting). Quitting an OJT assignment SHALL result in
termination from the program.

4. Apprentice OJT assignments will be based upon the assignments available and the training needs of the apprentice.

5. In the event of the termination of employment, the apprentice SHALL call the J.A.T.C. Office on
the day of said termination, or at the latest the very next working day at 9:00 a.m. with a copy of
his/her termination slip. Any apprentice who does not call accordingly SHALL be subject to
termination from the program.

24. JOB PERFORMANCE

The on-the-job training (OJT) provided to the apprentice is a crucial part of the apprenticeship program. The apprentice’s performance and attendance on the job will be monitored on a regular basis.

The apprentice’s MINIMUM obligations to the employer are as follows:

1. Arrive at work on time, every scheduled work day, prepared to perform to the best of his/her ability.

2. Work the scheduled hours, including overtime hours, if such overtime hours do not conflict with
school.

3. Follow the instructions of the employer’s representative.

4. Take pride in the work performed for the employer.

5. Adhere to the employer’s work rules and policies.

6. Apprentices are responsible for transportation to and from their assigned jobsites.

Apprentices are expected to conduct themselves appropriately while assigned to employers, and to
project a positive image of the electrical construction industry to all people with whom contact is
made. Therefore, an act on the part of an apprentice which has a negative impact on the J.A.T.C.,
the Union, a fellow employee, an employer, a customer, their representatives, and/or the public
will subject the apprentice to disciplinary action up to and including termination from the program.

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The job performance of each apprentice will be reviewed periodically by his/her foreman or
journeyman. The results of these reviews will be taken into consideration when evaluating the overall
performance of the apprentice. The apprentice is encouraged to periodically discuss his/her
performance on the job with the foreman or journeyman.

25. PERSONAL APPEARANCE

1. The impression projected by the apprentice to the customer and the public reflects upon the entire
Apprenticeship Program. Accordingly, all apprentices SHALL project a neat personal appearance.

2. Apprentices SHALL maintain such an appearance, and SHALL wear clothing and other safety garb
consistent with the requirements of their assigned employer.

3. Only proper attire SHALL be worn while attending school. It is imperative for your own personal
protection and safety that proper attire be worn on J.A.T.C. property, including school premises and
affiliated training sites at all times.

26. THE APPRENTICESHIP INDENTURE AGREEMENT MAY BE CANCELLED FOR ANY OF THE
FOLLOWING REASONS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

1. Inability to learn.

2. Inability to perform work to the standards required for time and experience in the trade.

3. Unreliability.

4. Lack of interest in work or related instructions.

5. Failure to comply with the terms of the Scholarship Loan Agreement.

6. Repeated absenteeism or chronic lateness from training assignment.

7. Misconduct on, damaging or defacing J.A.T.C. property or any property utilized by the J.A.T.C.
including all on-the-job training (OJT) jobsites.

8. Theft of any kind or any egregious action including serious affronts to any person on
any premises utilized by the J.A.T.C. including all on- the-job training (OJT) sites.

9. Other conduct which the Sub-Committee, in its discretion, deems incompatible with the objectives and
standards of the program.


THE JOINT APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINING SUB-COMMITTEE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REVIEW, ADD OR DELETE FROM ALL RULES AND POLICIES AT ANY TIME THEY DEEM NECESSARY.






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AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY FOR APPRENTICES

It is the policy of the J.A.T.C. that training opportunities, including both classroom instruction and on-the-job training assignments, shall be available to apprentices on an equal opportunity basis, and without regard to race, color, sex, religion or national origin. The J.A.T.C. encourages participation in the Apprenticeship Program by members of all minority and non-minority groups, and promotes a fully diversified Apprentice class made up of all individuals who are interested in and qualified to go through the Apprenticeship Program to the extent space is available for them. The J.A.T.C. actively promotes conditions both on-the-job and in school which fosters openness, fairness and equality among participants in the Program. Equality of opportunity, however, shall not be considered an excuse to lower the standards applicable to apprentice electricians. Any violation of these standards should be brought immediately to the attention of the J.A.T.C. or its Directors.