Heat and Frost Insulators News and Events

Insulators Gearing Up for Apprenticeship Week

Posted by on Tue, Nov 8, 2016 @ 15:11 PM

The Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers are proud to be built upon a foundation of high-quality training, especially the education provided to our apprentices.

The HFIAW Insulators and the Local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Funds (JATC) are dedicated to growing our workforce through the apprenticeship program at the state-of-the-art training facilities located throughout the United States and Canada.

Many of our current Apprenticeship classes will be participating in events related to National Apprenticeship week. For more information, contact your Local Union.

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Topics: Apprenticeship, Department of Labor

2016 Local Union Officers Conference

Posted by on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 @ 11:10 AM

More than 200 HFIAW Business Managers, Officers, Organizers and staff filled the meeting room at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Fla. to discuss the status of our industry and work together to grow our union and expand market share. 

General Secretary Treasurer Gregory Revard opened the 2016 Local Union Officers Conference with introductions, including the acknowledgment that this would be the first conference presided by General President James P. McCourt, which drew standing applause from the entire room.

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Topics: Local Union Officers Conference, Conference, International

Local 46 apprentice wins MAC, honors former training director

Posted by on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 @ 08:10 AM

The HFIAW Master Apprentice Competition (MAC) seems to grow in popularity and excitement every year. The annual competition where 10 apprentices compete as Conference representatives to be crowned the “Best of the Best” included an emotional finish this year in Toledo, Ohio.  

Held in conjunction with the 41st annual Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee Conference, the top HFIAW apprentice competitors arrived having already won at the Local and Conference levels.  

“Our training is what sets our profession apart, it is what makes us the best,” HFIAW General President Bud McCourt said during the MAC.

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Topics: Canada, Apprenticeship, Illinois, training, Master Apprentice Competition, USA, Local 23, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Local 17, Chicago, Illinois, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Chicago, Local 17, Local 94, New York, Toronto, Local 12, Local 94, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Local 12, New York City, New York, Local 95, Saskatchewan, Pennsylvania, Local 5, New York City, New York, Toronto, Canada, MAC, Apprenticeship Competition, International, Local 95, Toronto, Canada, Local 119, Regina, Saskatchewan, Local 133, Fargo, North Dakota, Local 23, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Regina, California, Los Angles, New York City, Oklahoma, Fargo, North Dakota, IIIATF, Local 78, Birmingham, Alabama, Local 5, Los Angles, California, Local 78, Birmingham, Alabama, Alabama, Local 133, Local 119 Regina, Chicago, Illinois

Insulators sponsor Building Trades Academy course

Posted by on Fri, Oct 7, 2016 @ 10:10 AM

Working with the Building Trades Academy (BTA) and Michigan State University, the Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers International Organizing Department recently sponsored a successful training session at Local 135’s Training Center in Las Vegas.

The inaugural BTA 101 Training Class was the first to be held at the Western United States Campus. This three-day class was the first of six courses in the program where 17 new HFIAW Local Organizers attended.

The Insulators were well represented in the class with Local Organizers from both the United States and Canada. Additional participants in the BTA 101 course came from the IUPAT, IBEW, UA, Bricklayers and Tile Setters.

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Topics: Organizing, Building Trades, Building Trades Academy, Course, Education, BTA

Union Plus Offers Help for Survivors of Louisiana Floods

Posted by on Thu, Sep 1, 2016 @ 09:09 AM

If you are a union member who participates in Union Plus programs and have been affected by the recent deadly floods that struck southeast Louisiana, you may be eligible for financial assistance1.

Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to eligible members who have a Union Plus Credit Card2, Union Plus Life or Accidental Death Insurance, Union Plus Auto Insurance, or Union Plus Mortgage. Participants who live in Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington and West Feliciana parishes may be eligible for these grants. Damage assessments are continuing for other parishes. The money does not have to be repaid.

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Topics: Labor Unions, bank, Union Plus, Floods, Louisiana

Help is available for members displaced by Northern Alberta wildfires

Posted by on Fri, May 6, 2016 @ 14:05 PM

An Important Message from General President James P. McCourt and General Secretary-Treasurer Gregory T. Revard:

Insulators International officers and staff are monitoring the situation in northern Alberta. We want to assure our Brothers and Sisters in the region that we are deeply concerned about everyone’s safety, but more important: We are prepared to help.

We know that some of our members and their families are among the more than 80,000 people forced to flee from the spreading inferno around Fort McMurray. Homes have been destroyed, and in some cases entire neighborhoods have been decimated.

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Topics: Canada, HFIAW

Bipartisan Support for Mechanical Insulation Incentive Bill

Posted by on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

Congressman Bob Dold, R- Ill, and House Democrat co-sponsor, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, D -Ca, introduced the Mechanical Insulation Incentive Bill (H.R. 4165) to the U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 3.

The Mechanical Insulation Incentive bill was originally co-sponsored by Representative Sanchez, and has since gained the support of Representative Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill, in December of 2016, Representative Richard L. Hanna, R-NY in February of 2016, and most recently Representative Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill, on March 14.

Both Congressman Dold and Congresswoman Sanchez serve on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee and together, they are well-positioned to promote the tax incentive for mechanical insulation.

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Topics: tax credit, Government Affairs, Mechanical Insulation Incentive Bill, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, H.R. 4165, United States Congress, Representative Tammy Duckworth, Representative Richard L. Hanna, House of Representatives, Congressman Bob Dold, Mechanical Insulation, US Congress, Representative Daniel Lipinski

Department of Labor Delivers Tough Blow to Companies Looking to Hide Union-Bias

Posted by on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 @ 11:03 AM

The United States Labor Department announced Wednesday the closing of loopholes in the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (Landrum-Griffin Act) allowing employers to hire anti-union consultants, known as "persuaders," without reporting the arrangements.

As the law stands, reporting is only required if the persuaders are speaking directly with employers, but not if their influence reaches the workplace via intermediaries.  So, consultants could advise company supervisors looking to suppress the organization of the workforce on what to say to workers and how to say it, and completely bypass the reporting requirements. 

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Topics: Labor Unions, Department of Labor, Union Labor, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, Landrum-Griffin Act

New Year, renewed call to sign up with Insulators Tissue Bank

Posted by on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 @ 12:01 PM

A New Year is upon us, and a renewed call has been issued to sign up with the Insulators Tissue Bank (ITB).  New forms for 2016 are now available on our website and, once again, we are encouraging all members to get involved and help us find a way to end asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma.

Forms from 2015 will no longer be accepted.

The purpose of the ITB is to establish a repository of high quality, asbestos-related-tumor tissue specimens and fluid samples from a highly exposed population of Insulators to support research that finds new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions.

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Topics: Asbestos, Mesothelioma, insulators, tissue, bank, insulators tissue bank

GOP's Walker to visit Vegas, unveil plan to fight unions

Posted by on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 @ 15:09 PM

 LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker is planning to unveil his national plan to weaken labor unions during a town hall meeting in Las Vegas next week.


The Wisconsin governor who's known for taking on unions in his home state is holding the event Monday afternoon at XTreme Manufacturing.

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Topics: election

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