Heat and Frost Insulators News and Events

Organizing Department hosts COMET III training

Posted by on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 @ 09:07 AM

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.

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Topics: COMET, Organizing Department, International Organizing Department

Building Trades and AFL-CIO offer Specialized Construction oriented Organizing classes for HFIAW Organizers

Posted by on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

The Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers understand the importance and impact that Organizing has on our union. As such, we value the opportunity to train our Local Organizers to the highest degree.

For the last several years, our International Organizing Department (IOD) has financially supported the training for Local Organizers to attend five different construction organizing classes conducted by the National Building Trades' Training Academy (BTTA).

In 2015, an additional class provided by the AFL-CIO's Organizing Institute (OI) was added to the list of classes the IOD provides financial support for our union’s Organizers to attend.  The purpose of this class is not necessarily designed to teach organizing strategies, techniques and tactics; instead the primary focus of the OI's class is to assess a potential Organizer's skills and ability to effectively communicate and interact with people to encourage them to join or sign with our union. 

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Topics: HFIAW, Organizing, training, Building Trades Academy, BTA, Organizers, Training Conference, OMS, COMET

Organizing Department hosts January conference

Posted by on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 @ 11:01 AM

The Organizing Department for the HFIAW is sponsoring an Organizing Conference in late January.

Every HFIAW Local is required to send at least one participant to the conference, which will occur from Jan 21-27 at the Flamingo Hotels.

The conference is open to all local union Organizers, Business Managers and other Local Union Officers interested in attending.

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Topics: Organizing, Train the Trainer, Organizers, NABTU, North America’s Building Trades Unions, OMS, Organizing Management System, BAT, Bureau of Apprenticeship Training, COMET, Training Academy

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