An $80,000 labor-management partnership grant in 2011 from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and a group of some 60 employers gave an important boost to the IAMAW Local 701 Training Center in Carol Stream, IL. The grant money helped create a state-of-the-art automotive apprenticeship training program. In succeeding years, the number of employers participating in the apprenticeship training program has grown from 60 to more than 500; more than 400 courses have been taught, and the program is still growing.
The 2011 FMCS labor-management grants spotlighted in the Future@Work Conference panel discussion was just one of the grants awarded that year. The FMCS grants program funds a number of partnership grants applications, depending on funding availability, each fiscal year. For information on the FMCS grants program, click here.