Course Rules

  1. Any problems you may have will be handled by your Instructor, including:
    1. Stipend pay.
    2. Absenteeism & tardiness.
    3. Unemployment benefits.
  2. Anyone coming to class after 8:00 a.m. and/or missing class time must fill out an Absentee Report.
    1. A student will be terminated from the program if they are repeatedly absent or tardy.
    2. If a student fails to complete class for any reason, they will not receive stipend pay.
    3. If you ride to class with another trainee and are late, absent, or need to leave early because of your transportation situation, the loss of time will be marked against both of you. Any time missed, whether it is a quarter-hour or eight hours, is considered an absence.
    4. In all cases of absenteeism, the Instructor is to keep the Director or Assistant Director informed and discuss the situation with the Director or Assistant Director prior to student dismissal. 
    5. Exceptions to these rules will only be made with the Directors or Assistant Director’s approval, and if an excused absence is granted, it will be at the discretion of the Director or Assistant Director. The following conditions may warrant an excused absence:
      1. Day of a winter storm, depending on the severity of the storm.
      2. Day after a storm if secondary roads have not been cleared, or if severe drifting continues.
  3. Please try to take care of all personal business before coming to the training site. Telephone calls may be made to the Unemployment Office (for those currently receiving Unemployment Benefits) or to your Union Local ONLY! You may request the use of a telephone for this purpose at the front office.
  4. If a student continuously shows a lack of interest in learning class material or cannot abide by the training site rules, they will be terminated.
  5. The Cafeteria area must be cleaned after each meal. ONLY snacks (not meals) or drinks with lids are allowed in the classroom.
  6. Students will be given two 15-minute breaks; lunch will be one half-hour.
  7. Smoking is not allowed in the classroom. Your Instructor will tell you where the designated smoking areas are located.
  8. All tools will be picked up at 4:00 p.m., or after each session, and returned to the tool room. From 4:00 to 4:30 p.m., students will be responsible for light cleaning of areas used by the class. Students will be dismissed by their instructor.
  9. MLTAI subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity and will maintain and conduct all practices relating to discipline, race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, marital status, or any other legally protected status accordingly. If you feel you have been treated unfairly on any of the foregoing bases, or you observe someone else being so treated, you must report this to the Site Manager, Director, or Assistant Director. Anyone with questions or concerns about any type of discrimination or harassment in the workplace must bring these issues to the attention of the Director (or Assistant Director in the event of alleged discrimination by the Director). Anyone determined to be engaging in any type of unlawful discrimination or harassment will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge of employment or dismissal from the Training Site.
  10. An employee or student shall treat others with respect. Harassment based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status is prohibited. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, any verbal or physical conduct motivated by an individual’s religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status which substantially interferes with an employee’s or student’s work or educational opportunities.
  11. Sexual harassment of an employee or student by an employee or student is prohibited. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to, any unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, or any other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which:
    1. Substantially interferes with an employee’s or student’s work or educational performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.
    2. Submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as a basis for an employment or educational decision affecting the harassed student or employee.
    3. Submission to or rejection of the conduct is made either an explicit or an implicit condition of employment or training.
    4. Other harassing conduct in the workplace is also prohibited. This includes but is not limited to: language or jokes of a racial, ethnic, sexual, or other offensive nature; verbal abuse of a sexual, ethnic, racial, or any other offensive nature, and the display in the workplace of sexually suggestive, ethnic, or racially targeted objects, pictures, or other materials.
  12. Students are expected and required to report for class on time and in an appropriate mental and physical condition to work and perform in class. It is our intent and obligation to provide a drug-free, alcohol-free, healthful, safe, and secure work environment. The only exception to the alcohol-free policy shall be for MLTAI-sponsored functions as approved by the Board of Trustees, Director, or Assistant Director.
  13. Students are expected and required to report for class in an appropriate manner of dress for a classroom and/or worksite environment.
  14. Trainees will treat each other as they would like to be treated. Before you come to a conclusion about a matter, get the facts.
  15. If you have a negative opinion about a fellow student or MLTAI employee, keep it to yourself during class/company time.
  16. Prohibited conduct for each trainee includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    1. Falsification of records.
    2. Using illicit drugs or being under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol while on MLTAI property or during class hours.
    3. Fighting or threatening violence on MLTAI property or elsewhere during class hours.
    4. Being discourteous to fellow students, employees, or guests, or failing to maintain good relations or otherwise failing to act in a business-like manner at all times.
    5. Arriving late or leaving early without permission.
  17. Stipend reimbursement for mileage:
    1. Stipends will only be paid upon successful completion of class by means of a passing grade and/or certificate.
    2. At the discretion of the Director/Assistant Director, extenuating circumstances may warrant the issue or non-issue of a stipend check.
    3. Stipends will be paid as follows:
      1. Laborers’ union members in good standing: 100% of the current mileage rate
      2. Laborers’ members not in good standing or sponsored non-members: 50% of the current mileage rate
      3. Non-members affiliated with another union trade: 0%
      4. Contractor company representatives, employees, or supervisors: 0%
  18. If any student travels more than 2 hours one-way to class, Michigan Laborers’ Training & Apprenticeship Institute (MLTAI) would assist them with staying at a local hotel and using their stipend to go towards the fee. If the stipend would not cover the hotel fee in its entirety, MLTAI would take care of the difference.
    1. Students will be required to sign a Statement of Agreement
    2. Students must notify their instructor of their need for accommodations as soon as possible, preferably on the first day of the course before class starts.
    3. Only APPROVED stays will be paid by MLTAI; no Sunday night or Friday night stays will be approved.
    4. EXAMPLE: a student arrives Monday morning for a five-day course and approaches the instructor before class begins to request a Hotel Stay. The student signs a Statement of Agreement and MLTAI books a local hotel for Monday-Thursday (four nights). The student would receive a stipend for the remaining balance (if any) of a five-day stipend minus the cost of a four-nights stay at the Hotel.
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