Laborers’ Union, Department of Corrections to Expand Partnership
Training Washington’s formerly incarcerated in the construction craft workforce
Kingston, Wash., Nov. 7, 2018 – The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) hosted a discussion with the Department of Corrections (DOC), community educators and leaders from other trades, community and technical colleges, corrections facilities, transportation and construction organizations. The meeting at the Kingston Laborers’ Training Facility focused on pre-apprenticeship training throughout the state, setting those who are currently incarcerated on a career path for when they are released.
“The Department of Corrections (DOC) values the relationship that has developed with the Laborers. Supporting people as they transition to employment takes a collaborative effort. It is crucial to provide opportunities for living wage careers with benefits. The input and support of LiUNA is much appreciated as the Apprenticeship Working Group works to create pathways to the trades for men and women releasing from DOC facilities.”
Lucienne Banning, Workforce Development Manager, DOC Correctional Industries
The Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust (NWLETT), the education branch of LIUNA, has been actively working with female inmates in Washington through their TRAC Program. Upon completion of the program, inmates will be given direct entry into the Laborers’ apprenticeship program. NWLETT along with the DOC will also extend the program to men’s correctional facilities. The venture not only fulfills nationwide labor shortages but provides construction craft knowledge to those who are/were incarcerated to stop the cycle of recidivism.
“Well it helps give us a pipeline for workers because we have a shortage of laborers right now. With the TRAC Program, they get a lot of training, months. It’s a real pre-apprenticeship program and they have direct entry into our apprenticeship program. It also helps these folks get reestablished. As soon as they pass they don’t have to test again. ”
Glen Freiberg, Training Director, Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust
Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust serves all of Washington and Utah and is committed to working on behalf of members and Signatory Contractors. Their mission is to provide continuous workforce education and training which meets industry needs, builds careers and increases employers’ competitive advantage. Local members and apprentices enjoy a family-supporting wage, health benefits, a pension and paid training. To find out more please go to www.nwlett.org.