P4A hosts national symposium on veteran training
Utility Workers Military Assistance Program (UMAP) in partnership with Medal of Honor recipient Allen J. Lynch Veterans Assistance Program hosted the first national symposium at the Union League Club of Chicago. Since 2011, UMAP has placed 500 military veterans with real jobs at Peoples Gas in Chicago and Consumers Energy in Michigan.
UMAP-Chicago is a defined training to placement program developed in 2011 specifically for military veterans. It is a public private partnership that has placed over 400 military veterans into a six month training top placement program with UWUA Local 18007 and Peoples Gas.
UMAP-MI is the sister program of Chicago-MI. The Michigan based program is a defined training to placement program for military veterans, reservists and members of the National Guard community. Established in 2016, 92 individuals have been trained and placed as union members of the Michigan State Utility Workers Council and Consumers Energy.
P4A welcomed Medal of Honor recipient Allen J. Lynch, U.S Army Soldier for Life Director Colonel Sam Whitehorse, Illinois Peoples Gas President Charles Matthews, MSUWC President Patrick Dillon, UWUA Local 18007 Business Agent Rick Passarelli, City Colleges Chancellor Juan Salgado and other to the Union League Club of Chicago for a day of panel discussions about why these programs are successful models.
“This has been a labor of love for me, as a Navy veteran,” says Mr. Passarelli. “This is an opportunity to give back to my brothers and sisters who have honorably worn the uniform. UMAP is defined by a moral compass with an effective plan that really makes a difference.”