2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
September 14, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Kapenga, Craig, Darling, Feyen,
Lasee, Marklein, Nass, Stroebel, Vukmir and Wanggaard, cosponsored by
Representatives Hutton, Rohrkaste, Allen, Bernier, Brandtjen, E. Brooks,
Felzkowski, Gannon, Horlacher, Katsma, Knodl, Kremer, Krug, Kulp,
Macco, Neylon, Petersen, Sanfelippo, Spiros, Thiesfeldt, Tittl and Tusler.
Referred to Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform.
SB411,1,4 1An Act to repeal 106.02 and 106.025 (4); to amend 106.01 (1), 106.01 (9), 106.01
2(11) (intro.), 106.025 (1) and 106.025 (2); and to create 106.015 of the statutes;
3relating to: apprentice-to-journeyworker ratios in apprenticeships and the
4minimum duration of carpentry and plumbing apprenticeships.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Workforce Development administers the
law concerning apprenticeship programs in this state and has various powers as
necessary to perform that function. In addition, DWD must promulgate rules
regarding procedures for approving and for rescinding approval of apprenticeship
programs. Under DWD's current rules, in order to be eligible for approval and
registration by DWD, an apprenticeship program must have standards that address
a numeric ratio of apprentices to journeyworkers consistent with proper supervision,
training, safety, and continuity of employment, and applicable provisions in
collective bargaining agreements, except where such ratios are expressly prohibited
by the collective bargaining agreements.
This bill specifically prohibits DWD from prescribing, enforcing, or authorizing,
through any means, a ratio of apprentices to journeyworkers for apprenticeship
programs or apprentice contracts that requires more than one journeyworker for
each apprentice.

The bill also repeals certain provisions regarding minimum terms for carpentry
and plumbing apprenticeships.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB411,1 1Section 1. 106.01 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB411,2,132 106.01 (1) Formation of apprentice contract. Any person 16 years of age or
3over may enter into an apprentice contract binding himself or herself to serve as an
4apprentice as provided in this section. Except as provided in ss. 106.02 and 106.025,
The term of service of an apprenticeship shall be for not less than one year. Every
6apprentice contract shall be in writing and shall be signed by the apprentice, the
7department, and the sponsor or an apprenticeship committee acting as the agent of
8the sponsor. If the apprentice has not reached 18 years of age, the apprentice contract
9shall also be signed by one of the apprentice's parents or, if both parents are deceased
10or legally incapable of giving consent, by the guardian of the apprentice or, if there
11is no guardian, by a deputy of the department. The department shall specify the
12provisions that are required to be included in an apprentice contract by rule
13promulgated under sub. (11).
SB411,2 14Section 2. 106.01 (9) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB411,3,215 106.01 (9) Authority of department. The department, subject to s. 106.015,
16may investigate, fix reasonable classifications, issue rules and general or special
17orders, and hold hearings, make findings, and render orders upon its findings as
18necessary to carry out the intent and purposes of this section. The investigations,
19classifications, hearings, findings, and orders shall be made as provided in s.
20103.005. Except as provided in sub. (8), the penalties specified in s. 103.005 (12)

1apply to violations of this section. Orders issued under this subsection are subject
2to review under ch. 227.
SB411,3 3Section 3. 106.01 (11) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB411,3,64 106.01 (11) Rules. (intro.) The department, subject to s. 106.015, shall
5promulgate rules to implement this section, including rules providing for all of the
SB411,4 7Section 4. 106.015 of the statutes is created to read:
SB411,3,13 8106.015 Apprentice–to–journeyworker ratios. The department may not
9prescribe, enforce, or authorize, whether through the promulgation of a rule, the
10issuance of a general or special order, the approval of an apprenticeship program or
11apprentice contract, or otherwise, a ratio of apprentices to journeyworkers for
12apprenticeship programs or apprentice contracts that requires more than one
13journeyworker for each apprentice.
SB411,5 14Section 5. 106.02 of the statutes is repealed.
SB411,6 15Section 6. 106.025 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB411,3,1916 106.025 (1) The department may prescribe the conditions under which a
17person may serve a plumbing apprenticeship, as to preliminary and technical college
18attendance requirements, level of supervision of an apprentice, the character of
19plumbing work,
and the credit for school attendance in serving the apprenticeship.
SB411,7 20Section 7. 106.025 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB411,3,2421 106.025 (2) Every person commencing a plumbing apprenticeship shall enter
22into an apprentice contract under s. 106.01. The term of a plumbing apprentice is
235 years, but the department may upon application of the apprentice, the apprentice's
24employer, or both, extend the term for up to one additional year.
SB411,8 25Section 8. 106.025 (4) of the statutes is repealed.
1Section 9 . Initial applicability.
SB411,4,52 (1) This act first applies to an apprenticeship contract governed by a collective
3bargaining agreement that contains provisions that are inconsistent with this act on
4the day on which the collective bargaining agreement expires or is modified,
5extended, or renewed, whichever occurs first.
SB411,4,66 (End)