Joined by local union leaders and workers at City Hall, Utica Councilman Joe Marino introduced legislation he says will bring good paying jobs to Utica and skilled craftsmanship to City projects.

Marino says the new law would require contractors that win a bid in the City of Utica over $250,000 to have an apprenticeship program built into their company.

He says the jobs law would help put families back to work.  Marino says under the apprenticeship program, they'll get to earn while they learn and become skilled labor under the tutelage of skilled craftsmen.

Marino says there are about 750 certified apprenticeship contractors throughout the state.

Representatives from LIUNA Local 35, Plumber And Pipefitter Local 112 and IBEW Local 43 attended today's announcement.

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX