Biden’s job-killing executive orders now claims Trump’s industry-led apprenticeship program

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The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

WASHINGTON, DC- If President Trump had signed an executive order which effectively ended cancer, Joe Biden would sign an order to reverse it, so obvious is his apparent mission to undo everything accomplished under the Trump administration.

His latest move was to revoke Trump’s order which provided federal funds to apprenticeship programs created by industry, a program that had enjoyed bipartisan support.

Trump’s order, signed in 2017 was called the Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs).

Under that policy, it allowed “trade and industry groups, companies, non-profit organizations, unions and joint labor-management organizations” to actually create their own apprenticeship programs, designed to help workers obtain skills that the economy needed but which were not being provided by colleges and universities.

This was touted as being provided at a cost that most Americans can afford, as opposed to padding the assets of universities.

Such programs were not necessarily new, since “Registered Apprenticeships” have been part and parcel of U.S. labor policy for years.

In fact, under the Obama administration, such programs received additional funding.

However under the old model, critics argued that, as is typical with government-controlled programs, they were inefficient. The program, run through the bureaucracy of the Department of Labor and having labor unions involved was blamed for holding back the growth of apprenticeships.

Under the Trump order, it allowed individual industries (as well as labor unions) to develop their own programs, still held to standards within government regulations, but independent of government control and red tape.

At the time, even the Trump-hating Washington Post reported that the program had bipartisan support:

Trump signed an executive order that seeks to reorient and expand ApprenticeshipUSA, a grant program that was previously championed by the Obama administration and has been supported by Democrats and Republicans alike. The administration’s aim, White House officials say, is to give more flexibility to third parties—including businesses, trade associations and labor unions—to design programs that will offer skills training to those who are seeking jobs for which they are not yet qualified.

Under current rules, the Labor Department is too heavy-handed in crafting the programs, they argue.

However far-left groups and some Democrats complained about the program.

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For example, the extreme leftist Center for American Progress, a Soros-funded organization, complained that the former president was creating what they called a “parallel track that lacks adequate worker protections” which, they claimed would allow for “the proliferation of low-quality programs.”

Democrats, who never met a government regulation or boondoggle they didn’t like, effectively roadblocked the idea, with Bloomberg News noting this past week that “Democrats in Congress blocked funding and the implementing regulations weren’t finalized until last year.”

Republicans were displeased with Biden’s about-face on the program, with Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC), the ranking member on the House Committee on Education and Labor complaining about Biden’s action in a statement:

“President Biden’s move to end IRAPs will kill jobs. Period. Doubling down on an inefficient, 80-year-old system that is unresponsive to workers’ needs is not a solution, it is irresponsible.

“In the last four month, 131 IRAPs have been created, the vast majority of which are for nursing credentials. Why a party that claims to follow science would limit nursing credentials during a global pandemic is beyond me.

“Instead of catering to union bosses and increasing Washington’s overreach into the private sector, we should support and encourage efforts to cut the regulatory red tape that stops too many employers from filling in-demand jobs. Employer-led apprenticeship programs account for more than 80 percent of all apprenticeship programs nationwide.

The success of these programs should come as no surprise, employers know best what skills their employees need to excel in the workplace.”

The Biden White House attempted to spin his new policy as “expanding registered apprenticeship programs.” The next part of that spin is key, with the policy looking to begin training “diverse, local, well-trained workers who have a choice to join a union.” [emphasis added].

As always with Democrats, its about sucking up to labor unions. The White House admitted as much, claiming that industry-run apprenticeships “have fewer quality standards than registered apprenticeship programs” and that they also “fail to require the wage progression” that occurs under union-backed, government-run programs. 

The last part is key; anything which add to the coffers of labor unions who charge confiscatory union dues, which ultimately find their way to the Democratic Party is a plus.

This latest job-killing order by Biden comes on the heels of his other job-killing executive orders, including the scuttling of the Keystone XL pipeline, which put over 11,000 out of work on the low end, not including related industries and businesses which will also suffer under this job-destroying mandate.

Likewise, Biden has ordered drilling in the ANWR region stopped, and has banned oil exploration and fracking on all government-owned land, further putting additional Americans out of work.

While Biden was at it, he also made a change on the National Labor Relations Board, which Politico even reported was a “rare exercise of executive power over the labor board.”

He named Jennifer Abruzzo, an attorney with the Communications Workers of America to the position. However, she will have to go through a Senate confirmation process which could prove problematic.

In announcing Abruzzo’s appointment, the White House said in a statement:

“Abruzzo will bring her ore than two decades of experience and knowledge at the NLRB to help rebuild America’s middle class. Abruzzo will be an important member in supporting the NLRB’s work to build a stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive economy that delivers every American a fair return for their work and an equal chance to get ahead.”

Joe Biden, destroying the American economy one executive fiat at a time.

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