Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Idaho State Legislature has a bill, S1009, that will create a new electrical license classification, Electrical Installer.
According to the Statement of Purpose, the Electrical Board and “the industry” have determined that apprenticeship requirements are too difficult for the Division of Building Safety to enforce and too difficult for apprentices to meet. Rather than enforce existing law and require apprentices to show proof of progress when renewing registration, the Board has elected to create a new category of license. The “installer” license would be available to:
• An apprentice who has completed the required instruction and has worked the required hours on the job but cannot pass, or will not take, the journeyman exam.
• An out-of-state applicant who has worked as a journeyman or apprentice for four years. (Note: Not all states require licensing).
Finally, it would allow an installer to sit for the journeyman exam. This would allow workers with no formal training to become journeymen.
Here’s why we’re opposing it:
This creates a category of electrical worker that is a perpetual apprentice. This is bad for the industry, and bad for Idaho tradesmen and women:
• Installers must work under the supervision of a journeyman. However, no ratio is required.
• Journeymen will have more workers to supervise, resulting in less supervision and training of serious apprentices working toward their journeyman license.
• Installers will be hired instead of apprentices, resulting in fewer jobs for apprentices and, eventually, fewer journeymen.
• Installers will be paid less, and utilized more, thus driving wages down for all in the trade.
• An installer license does not lead to greater job opportunity or a career. The license does not transfer to other states and limits the scope of work that can be performed. It is a license to a dead-end job.
Please contact members of the Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) and voice your opposition to Senate Bill 1009. Be sure to include your name and address and put Senate Bill 1009 in the subject line. Please be respectful in all contact with your elected officials.