The International Insulation Industry Apprenticeship and Training Fund presented the 2017 Pablo Blieker Award to Ken Jakobsson and posthumously to Jermaine Ray.
Heat and Frost Insulators News and Events
Training Coordinators from across the U.S. and Canada came together in late June to share ideas and discuss the latest training techniques during the 42nd Annual HFIAW Joint Apprenticeship Conference.
HFIAW Local 95 in Ontario wanted to make sure the contractor for a major renovation project at Carleton University’s Life Science building knew their members are the most-skilled and highly-trained mechanical insulation workforce around.
The project involves renovating a specialized laboratory that supports experimental work in the biological, biochemical and behavioral sciences.
As Local Training Directors prepare to attend the JATC Conference in Toronto this summer, 10 highly-skilled HFIAW apprentices are getting ready to compete in the 2017 Master Apprentice Competition.
The International Master Apprentice Competition will be held in Toronto, beginning on June 25, with the JATC Conference starting June 28. Both events will conclude on June 30.
Most of the 10 apprentices coming to compete in Toronto have already competed and won similar competitions at the Local and then District Conference level. Here are the results from those competitions:
In January 2017, the International Organizing Department hosted an Organizing Conference where most of the training focused on a newly updated version of COMET. Labeled COMET III, the new material focuses on encouraging rank and file members to become union activists and volunteer Organizers.
It teaches them about strategic organizing campaigns and tactics, and emphasizes the importance of membership participation and involvement in their Local Union's organizing activities.
COMET training was created in the mid-90s, when the National Building and Construction Trades Department (NBCTD) realized unions were declining at a rapid pace. At the time, it appeared imminent that if something wasn't done, the majority of NBCTD Unions would be virtually nonexistent within 15 to 20 years.
In late March, the Insulation Industry International Apprentice and Training Fund (IIIATF) sponsored an OSHA 510 course, a prerequisite class to both the OSHA 500 32-hour class and the OSHA 500 40-hour class. It was held at the Maritime Institute in Maryland and 20 instructors attended.
This course certifies that all of the trainers that completed the course are now eligible to teach the OSHA 10- and OSHA 30-hour classes for the next 4 years.
The instructors for the course were Training Directors John Stahl from Local 14 in Philadelphia, PA, Bob McGuckin from Local 17 in Chicago, IL and Brian Cavey from Local 24 in Washington, DC.
When it comes to performing mechanical insulation, the members of the Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers are the most skilled and highly trained workforce available.
HFIAW Local 95 in Ontario wanted to make sure that the decision makers for the Carleton University Life Science project know that our workforce is the most qualified workforce available, while sharing with them all of the benefits that HFIAW Insulators bring to every project on which they work.
The Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Organizing Department has been working with the North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU) to have Local Union Organizers trained through the Building Trades Academy.
The mission of the Building Trades Academy is to provide educational programs that offer useful and practical skill building to Building Trades union staff as well as leadership training to help them strengthen their unions.
The annual North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) Legislative Conference was held in Washington, DC over 4 days in early April.
The conference was attended by all of the Building Trades Unions and delegates, including international administration from the Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers.
Before the conference began, the DC Friends of Irelandheld their benefit dinner and General President Emeritus James A. Grogan was in attendance. President Grogan was recognized for his continued support and dedication to this charity and received a standing ovation from everyone in attendance.
The Southwest States Conference held their Master Apprentice Competition during the last meeting in New Orleans at HFIAW Local 53's Apprenticeship Building.The competition included Collin Gillis from Local 87, San Antonio, TX, Chris Nickel from Local 94, Oklahoma City, OK and Gustavo Machigua from Local 53, New Orleans, LA.
Machigua prevailed in a very tight race to win the Southwest States Conference Master Apprentice Competition and the chance to represent the conference at the International MAC.