Decade of Change     1960 - 1969

In 1960 the JATC was meeting at Benson High School; Allan Fragall, a PGE employee, was the chairman of the committee. Committee representatives were encouraged to visit evening apprenticeship classes.  Apprentices turned in their monthly Work Progress Reports to their instructors.

Classes were still being held at Benson as well as in The Dalles and Vancouver.  Apprentices who attended school at Benson paid tuition to Portland Public Schools.  As a result of a levy failure tuition was raised from $7.50 to $11.00  per term.  The instructor wage was increased from $4.00 per hour to $5.00 per hour (the first increase since 1947). In June of 1960 Local 48  adopted a resolution encouraging the legislature to pass a law giving workers compensation to apprentices while attending class.   

Applicants for apprenticeship filled out applications at the Apprenticeship office of the Bureau of Labor and Industries.  The applicants had to find their own employer and appear at the JATC meeting with the employer in order to be indentured by the committee.  Applicants with more than one year experience were excused from taking the aptitude test.  Apprentices were either indentured to the employer or the trade committee.  Employers were not allowed to indenture new apprentices to replace recently discharged upper term apprentices; they were encouraged to hire a like term apprentice from the unemployed list at Local 48. 

The relationship between the Oregon State Apprenticeship Council and NECA and IBEW continued to be close.  In 1962 OSAC asked NECA and IBEW to act as friends of the court in a lawsuit against the Council.

Determining the number of apprentices to indenture each year was a challenge.  Bud Taylor of Ace Electric suggested a quota plan for new apprentices to “avoid unbalanced relationship between apprentices and employment situations”.   In mid 1963, there were 108 apprentices in the program with 28 unemployed.

Several major changes occurred in 1963 –  a Training Trust was formed, new selection procedures were approved, and JATC and Trust meetings were moved from Benson to NECA.

In 1964 discussion began on combining all  subcommittees into one JATC.  The committee was advised to send request to Apprenticeship Council.  The committee was also charged with providing classroom instruction to sign apprentices.  It was determined that sign apprentices should attend the first 6 months of the inside program.

In the fall of 1964 the Trust hired Dan Faddis as Apprenticeship Coordinator.    His office was at the NECA office.  Dan came to the position with a long list of accomplishments –  instructor in the apprenticeship program, electrical supervisor on several large projects throughout Oregon, and elected officer in Local 48. 

In 1965 the committee  adopted new minimum requirements which included high school graduation with 2.0 GPA, age limit of 18 to 30, passing aptitude test, and US citizenship (or applying for citizenship).  The mid 60’s also brought changes to the selection procedure which required committee interviews and ranking of all qualifying applicants.  Additionally, all apprentices would be indentured to the committee.  In  December of1965 the committee interviewed 44 applicants and accepted 31.  1965 also saw the committee name changed to “Metro”. 

During the mid 60’s the industry saw an increased interest in Equal Employment opportunities for minorities at both the state and federal level.  In November of 1965 the Oregon Apprenticeship Council adopted Equal Opportunity Standards.  In 1966 the OSAC approved combining all subcommittees under the Metro committee.

The selection process continued to be refined, but not without complaint.  In 1966 Stan Adams of EC Co registered a complaint with the committee regarding the new selection procedures.  The committee continued interviewing applicants twice a year (the author  was interviewed on Dec. 14, 1966 at 2:00 PM and was one of 24 people selected for the program)

The late 60’s saw continued growth in the program; in 1968 there were 184 apprentices indentured to the committee and by July 1969 the number had grown to 209.

From 1967 to the end of the decade the committee came under pressure to expand EEO efforts to increase the number of minorities in the program.  The Metro Subcommittee on Minority Problems was created in 1967.  The committee worked with the Urban League and the LEAP  project to develop new approaches to create opportunity for ethnic minorities. 

Employers involved in the industry through the sixty’s included Mel’s Electric Service, Viner Electric, Krauser Electric, Emory Electric, Reese Electric, American Electric, EC Co, Watco Electric, Allstate Electric, Noteboom Electric, Jaggar-Sroufe, McCoy Electric, Borland Electric, Adams Electric, Ajax Electric, Oregon Pacific, Hembree Electric, AR Johnson, Christenson Electric, Friberg Electric, Pitman Electric, JH Langley Electric, Cascade Electric, Graham Electric, Bohm Electric, Lord Electric, WR Grasle, Ace Electric, ABC Electric, Azbar Electric, Tice Electric, Dimitrie Electric, Broadway Electric, Reddy Electric, Franklin Electric, Campbell Norquist, Strauss Electric, Gateway Electric, Dryer and Sons Electric, Lambert Electric, Sirianni Electric, Harold Electric, Oregon Electric Const., Anderson Electric, Van Doozer Electric, Harmon Electric, Delta Electric, Frahler Electric, Weitzel Electric, All Electric, Becks Electric, Schulman-Anderson, Allison Electric, Heil Electric, Bagne Electric, Buds Electric, Jackson Electric, Electric Service, Wiring Shop, Faber Electric, Bair Electric, Gross Electric, Brabham Electric, RW Goin Electric, DeSau Electric, Westside Electric, Bee Electric, Liberty Electric, Lincoln Electric, Post Electric, Silver Star Electric, Rose City Electric, Tigar Electric, AB Electric, Builders Electric, Morrison Electric, Dickinson Brothers Cash Electric, Thunderbird Electric, AAB Electric, Haskin Electric, and AAA Electric.

Bob Burns continued as Chapter Manager throughout the 60’s.  Business Manager Herman Teeple replaced Hub Harrison in 1963 and continued in the position through 1970.

Next month:   Growth and a new Training Center    1970 - 1979