Have you submitted your comments regarding the DOL's notice regarding the new Industry Recognized Apprentice Programs (IRAP)? Our primary concern is that allowing IRAPS in our industry would create confusion and reward those who have avoided the costs and effort needed to train and develop first-rate apprentices and journey people across the construction industry. If this diluted and disjointed apprentice system were permitted in the construction industry, our first-rate programs could become synonymous with second-rate alternatives in the eyes of owners, general contractors and the government. THIS ISSUE IS VITAL TO ALL SIGNATORY CONTRACTORS! Submit Your Comments Now!!: The deadline to submit comments on DOL's proposed rulemaking is August 26. Go to www.protectconstructiontraining.org complete the form and submit your comments to DOL. Your support of this matter buy using the above link to provide comments is extremely important! Thank you for helping to protect our apprentice programs!