The Connecticut Automotive Glass Work and Flat Glass Work Board
has been working through the issue of licensing auto glass repair
technicians for more than a year now, and at the meeting held
on Friday, December 17, there was an indication that the board
may have to take up similar issues with the flat glass industry.
Ed Reilly, business manager of the International Association
of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers
Local 15, approached the board with inquiries about the licensure
of its members with regard to doing flat glass and glazing work.
Bob Martin, a consultant with the Connecticut state department
of education, recently endorsed the Iron Workers' apprenticeship
program for the FG-2 glazier's license. Martin wrote to Richard
Hurlburt, the director of occupation and professional licensing
division of the department of consumer protection, indicating
that the program meets the requirements of FG-2 glazier apprenticeship.
The Connecticut Glass Dealers Association (CGDA), however, expressed
concerns to the board regarding the amount of time and quality
of on-the-job training the Iron Workers Apprenticeship would provide.
The argument, provided by Kevin McMahon, is that the apprenticeship
in question does not provide the proper on-the-job training to
be qualified to be an unlimited flat glass glazier. Driving the
CGDA concern is the possibility that someone could become licensed,
knowing only one type of glazing while later moving into another
line of business within the glass industry without being licensed
or properly trained for the new range of work.
The board determined that a separate licensing for iron workers
or specialty glazing segments may be necessary, yet seemed wary
of getting involved in another licensing argument so quickly.
The board advised the Iron Workers Union to have those members
who are in the application process to be grandfathered into the
FG-2 glazier license to fulfill the paperwork requirements before
tackling a new licensing issue.