Under the new Detroit Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP), the City of Detroit will partner with local unions and their Joint Apprentice Training Committees (JATC) to set annual goals that will help increase the percentage of Detroiters in that Local’s membership.  Participating JATCs and unions agree that 25% of their first-year apprenticeship slots will go to Detroit residents.  Plumbers Local 98, is the first union to make the STEP commitment. Its leadership, in partnership with MCA Detroit, has committed to tripling the number of Detroit residents in its local over the next 10 years and will build towards that by ensuring 25% Detroit resident enrollment in of all their incoming apprenticeship classes.  

Under a modified Executive Order (2016-1) the City, through its Department of Civil Right, Inclusion & Opportunity, will continue to enforce hiring requirements. Those who do not meet the threshold of hiring a workforce that includes 51% Detroit residents make a contribution to the Detroit Workforce Development Program. The contributions will be used for job training programs for Detroit residents including:  

  • Basic construction skills training
  • Pre-apprenticeship programs
  • Commercial Driver’s License certifications
  • Lead and Asbestos remediation training
  • Certifications in carpentry, electrical wiring and green construction

Contractors who hire participating STEP partner unions will be considered in compliance with the Executive Order, provided they meet their target of Detroiter participation in new apprenticeship classes and membership within their Local.

All STEP commitments and compliance reports will be available on the City of Detroit’s website. Eligible Apprentices and Tradesmen must reside in the City of Detroit and be able to show proof of residency by producing a valid driver’s license, Michigan ID, Detroit municipal ID or a recent copy of a utility bill in his or her name. This information must be maintained in the Local’s records.  

For questions or concerns regarding the STEP Program and/or unions, email CRIOcomplaint@detroitmi.gov or call (313) 224-1517.

Detroit Plumbers Local 98 & MCA Agreement

Carpenters Local 687, 1234 & 1045 Agreement

Detroit Skilled Trade Information Meeting