Heat and Frost Insulators News and Events

Local 40 leader retires after 50 years in position

The longest-serving member of HFIAW Local 40 Albany, N.Y. has decided to retire, ending a 50-year run as the Local's Financial/Corresponding Secretary. 

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Local 48 Business Manager Phil Rainwater retires

In October, Phil Rainwater St., the longtime HFIAW Local 48 Atlanta Business Manager, retired, capping off a more than 40-year career in the Insulators Union.

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Recently elected HFIAW leaders attend New Officer's Training

A group of 43 newly elected HFIAW Local Union leaders recently completed the weeklong New Officers
Training class at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Md.

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The 2023 TWBN Conference sets attendance record

The 13th Annual Tradeswomen Build Nations (TWBN) Conference set a new attendance record,  drawing a record of 3,787 tradeswomen (plus their male allies) from various building trades. The three-day event held at the Washington Hilton from Dec. 1-3 included a variety of workshops and distinguished speakers for the more than 4,000 total attendees. 

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Local 81 Brother running for Iowa State Rep. seat

A member of HFIAW Local 81 Cedar Rapids announced plans to run for a seat in the Iowa House of Representatives. 

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Local 16 lands Nevada megaproject thanks to federal Infrastructure Bill

In Nevada's dynamic construction landscape, where So-Called "Right to Work" laws often pose challenges, the Redwood Materials project in McCarren, Nev., signified a significant shift. 

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Ielmini talks Federal Mechanical Insulation Act and Construction Safety Week on national pro-union podcast

Pete Ielmini, Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust Executive Director, appeared on The America’s Work Force Union Podcast and gave an update on the Federal Mechanical Insulation Act and Construction Safety Week. 

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Local 69 Business Manager discusses work outlook on national pro-union podcast

Steven Overby, Business Manager for Insulators Local 69, appeared on the America’s Work Force Union Podcast on April 10. 

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Ielmini talks Federal Mechanical Insulation Act and IMAP on national pro-union podcast

Executive Director of the Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Pete Ielmini appeared on the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and spoke with host Ed “Flash” Ferenc about the Federal Mechanical Insulation Act (FMIA) and how it can benefit all federal buildings. 

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The need to market mechanical insulation

James Petrides, Mechanical Insulators LMCT Senior Mechanical Insulation Specialist, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and spoke about the need to market the mechanical insulation industry. He also explained what a Mechanical Insulation Energy Audit is and how they are performed.

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Central States host 2 Breath of Life fundraisers

The Local Unions that make up the Central States Conference, in collaboration with the Central States Contractors Association, hosted two events in support of the Breath of Life Foundation's mission to combat mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. 

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Local 14 Training Center earns COE reaccreditation

The Council on Occupation Education (COE), reaccredited HFIAW Local 14 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) after completing a rigorous process that ensures training programs meet the highest quality standards. 

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Contractor honored for support on Canadian Shipyard projects

The Vice President of a Local 116 contractor recently received an honorary HFIAW membership for his unwavering advocacy for the Insulators Union for work at the Canadian Shipyards.

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Local 16 Organizer takes daughter to Kaiser picket line

Over 70,000 healthcare employees are participating in the Kaiser Permanente workers' strike in San Francisco seeking increased staffing levels and prioritized patient care. 

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Local 46 Knoxville recruits via TV commercial

HFIAW Local 46 Knoxville has added a new television commercial to its recruitment efforts, highlighting the union's many contributions to the community and its members. 

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Micron Boise plant project fuels need to grow at Local 69

Local 69, Salt Lake City, is preparing for the biggest project in Local history. 

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Local 14 Brother Pat Eiding honored with street dedication

The portion of 22nd Street between Chestnut and Market Streets in Downtown Philadelphia was "renamed" to honor Philadelphia AFL-CIO President Emeritus and former HFIAW Local 14 Business Manager Pat Eiding. 

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Local 32 Newark uses numbers to support labor-friendly candidiates

Leading up to the November General Election, members from HFIAW Local 32 Newark dedicated weekends to supporting labor-endorsed candidates in New Jersey. 

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Ielmini: Building support critical to moving Insulator bills forward

The New Year brought renewed efforts to expand support on Capital Hill for two House bills that, if passed, could save taxpayers money while also generating new work opportunities for members of the Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (HFIAW).  

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Local 16 President Billy Hodges retires after 43 years of service

Billy Hodges Jr. felt like it was the right time to let the younger generation lead the Local. 

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HFIAW members attend Building Trades Academy training

Over 30 HFIAW leaders involved with organizing and contract negotiating attended Building Trades Academy (BTA) training events this fall to improve their skills and better serve their members. 

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Local 1 celebrates 125th anniversary

The oldest Insulators Local Union, Local 1, recently celebrated its 125th anniversary. 

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Unprecedented construction boom in central ohio fuels Local 50's growth

In a recent episode of the America's Work Force Union Podcast (AWF), Columbus/Dayton Business Manager Dan Poteet shared exciting news about the construction industry in Central Ohio.

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Local Minneapolis celebrates 110th Anniversary

On Aug. 19, HFIAW Local 34 celebrated its 110th anniversary at the Radisson Blu Hotel Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

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Local 75 improves energy efficiency at local libraries

Institutions of all kinds are finding ways to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint as environmental awareness and energy conservation continue to increase. 

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Ielmini: Recruitment is key to overcoming labor shortage

Pete Ielmini, Executive Director of the Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Trust (LMCT), joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and gave an update on two pieces of federal legislation, the need to educate the public on the work Insulators perform and how the trades are combating a labor shortage.

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Multiple Local 86 contractors needed for battery plant megaproject

After Insulators Local 86 Nashville members finish work on the Ultium Cells battery plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., they will have logged about 250,000 manhours on their portion of the $2.3 billion megaproject. 

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Local 21 prepares for $1 billion paper recycling mill project

A large amount of work is headed Local 21 Dallas' way after an Atlanta-based company announced plans to invest $1 billion in a state-of-the-art paperboard recycling mill in Waco, Texas. 

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Local 5 tackles major refinery conversion under PLA

Local 5 Los Angeles Brothers and Sisters are expected to log about 100,000 hours when they're done transforming a long-shuttered refinery into the largest renewable fuels refinery in the western United States.

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Celebrating Local 18 Retiree Jerry Stewart

Jerry Stewart began his journey as a Mechanical Insulator in May of 1972.  A member of Local 18 Indianapolis, he started permit work at the Owens Corning Fiberglass facility. 

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Local 5 Business Agent Eddy Pena retires

Eddy Pena started his career with Local 5 Los Angeles and the HFIAW when he joined the union on July 4, 1988. After joining, Local 5 member Curtis Gardner offered him a job doing firestop at the company where Curtis worked as a foreman. 

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Tafolla highlights benefits of Insulators apprenticeship program

In honor of National Apprenticeship Week, Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (HFIAW) Insulation Industry International Apprentice and Training Fund (IIIATF) Assistant Administrator Sam Tafolla joined the America's Work Force Union Podcast (AWF) and shared his insights on the trade, the importance of a registered apprenticeship program and the future of training in the mechanical insulation industry.

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Trainer Enhancement Classes push instructors to be better

Over 80 JATC Instructors from the U.S. and Canada attended the 2023 Trainer Enhancement Classes at the Maritime Institute in Maryland to improve their teaching skills. 

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Local 19 Milwaukee hosts 'Senior Signing Day'

On June 21, Insulators Local 19 Milwaukee hosted its first "Senior Signing Day" at their Training Center in Pewaukee, Wis.

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The Journey of Garrett Giglio and Local 53's Apprenticeship Program

Garrett Giglio, who was recently appointed as Training Coordinator for Insulators Local 53 in New Orleans, made his debut appearance on the America’s Work Force Union Podcast on Nov. 15 and talked about the Local’s training program and the opportunities provided by Local 53's registered apprenticeship program. 

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Local 50 BM Dan Poteet explains the need for travelers on AWF Union Podcast

Local 50 Columbus/Dayton Business Manager Dan Poteet, a second-generation Mechanical Insulator, made his first appearance on the America’s Work Force Union Podcast (AWF), and discussed the growing need for manpower in his Local’s jurisdiction.

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Elevating the importance of mechanical insulation in schools

During his recent appearance on America's Work Force Union Podcast (AWF), Pete Ielmini, Executive Director of the Heat and Frost Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT), discussed the crucial significance of mechanical insulation and its potential to impact educational institutions. 

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Walsh looks ahead to Tradeswomen Build Nations conference

In her recent appearance on the America’s Work Force Union Podcast, Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust Deputy Director Gina Walsh discussed the upcoming Tradeswomen Build Nations (TWBN) conference.

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International announces new positions as Union looks to grow

Thirteen HFIAW members were appointed to International positions this year, as part of an overhaul designed to better position the union for growth. Additionally, two new positions were created as part of the Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT).

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Local 34 Hosts Thermography Class

In late May, HFIAW Local 34 Minneapolis hosted a class to train members on the advanced aspects of thermography technology.

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GST Reap, IVP Cavey attend Su DOL nomination event

General Secretary-Treasurer Robert W. Reap and Middle Atlantic States Conference International Vice President Brian S. Cavey joined other union leaders at the White House on March 1 as President Joe Biden officially nominated Julie Su to be the next U.S. Department of Labor Secretary.

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2023 'Pablo' Awarded to Former IIATF Administrative Assistant, Christina Bouchard

For her years of service helping run the Insulation Industry International Apprenticeship and Training Fund (IIIATF), Christina Bouchard, now the Assistant to the General Secretary-Treasurer, received the prestigious 2023 W. F. Pablo Bleiker Award.

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Instructors and Training Coordinators come Together for 2023 JAC

Instructors and Training Coordinators from across the U.S. and Canada gathered in Houston for the 2023 Joint Apprentice Conference (JAC) for multiple days of collaboration and learning.

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Winners drawn for the 33rd Annual Florence Bernard/Alta Miller Scholarships

The HFIAW was thrilled to continue the tradition of honoring late General President Emeritus William G. Bernard by drawing the names of members’ families who would receive scholarships for the next academic year.

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Apprentice from Western States Conference Wins 2023 Competition

Ten apprentices from across the U.S. and Canada earned the right to represent their Conference in Houston for the highly anticipated 2023 Insulation Industry International Apprentice and Training Fund (IIIATF) Master Apprenticeship Competition (MAC).

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Local 53 members tackle Superdome renovation

Members of HFIAW Local 53 New Orleans are playing a crucial role in the renovation of the iconic Caesars Superdome.

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Local 75 and 78 host Firestop Market Recovery Programs

Two Insulator Local Unions and their signatory contractors came together in an effort to enter or grow market share in the burgeoning firestop industry.

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New Training Coordinators attend two-day event

More than 30 training coordinators and other union officers attended the two-day New Coordinators Training held in July at the Hilton Americas–Houston, a few days prior to the start of the 2023 Local Union Officers and Joint Apprentice Conferences and the 2023 Master Apprentice Competition events.

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IIIATF Holds OSHA 500 and 510 Training Classes

The Insulation Industry International Apprentice and Training Fund (IIIATF) took another step toward promoting workplace safety by offering OSHA 500/510 training and recertification classes.

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Local 18 Indianapolis breaks ground on new JATC Training Center

HFIAW Local 18 Indianapolis is reaching new heights following the groundbreaking ceremony for their new Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) center.

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Local 1 Brother becomes an Insulator Influencer

HFIAW Local 1 St. Louis Mechanic David Knipp has taken his passion for unions to the world of TikTok to promote the benefits of joining a union. And in a short time, he has become an “Insulator Influencer.”

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Mechanical Insulation Audit Program can save taxpayer dollars

Pete Ielmini, Executive Director of the Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT), joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and spoke with host Ed “Flash” Ferenc about the LMCT’s new Mechanical Insulation Energy Audit Program. Ielmini also gave an update on the status of the Federal Mechanical Insulation Act.

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Mechanical Insulation Act reintroduction will create hundreds of jobs

Pete Ielmini, Executive Director of the Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT), joined theAmerica’s Work Force Union Podcast in July and spoke about the reintroduction of the Federal Mechanical Insulation Act. 

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Local 6 hosts Firestop  Market Recovery Program

HFIAW Local 6 Boston recently hosted a Firestop  Market Recovery Program class for its members and  signatory contractors.  

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Local 22 Apprentice Program gets support from County

HFIAW Local 22 Houston will make significant strides to enhance its registered apprenticeship program thanks to new funding they will receive as part of a county-wide initiative to support registered apprenticeship programs.  

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Weber and Sanchez introduce Federal Mechanical Insulation Act

On July 14, the bipartisanFederal Mechanical Insulation Act of 2023 (FMIA) was introduced into the House of Representatives by Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) and Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.).

The FMIA will advance federal energy efficiencies, save tax dollars and reduce energy loss and emissions for the approximately 350,000 federal buildings in the U.S. It will also add an important audit metric for regulators to include when federal buildings are assessed for  Mechanical Insulation efficiencies.

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Micron chip plant tops list  of new projects for Local 30

Members of Local 30 Syracuse are preparing for a significant influx of new work, as the Local’s jurisdiction will be home to several large upcoming projects. 

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Local 87 San Antonio  celebrates 95th anniversary

HFIAW Local 87 San Antonio celebrated its 95th  anniversary on March 3 at the historic Menger Inn.  

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IIIATF provides course on  advanced Pad Design, Metal Layouts

The Advanced Pad Development and Metal Layouts training courses were both held at the Local 17 Training  Center in Chicago toward the end of March. 

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Conference Apprentice Competitions get ready for Houston

The competitors heading to Houston in July for the 2023 Master Apprentice Competition (MAC) are winning their way there by besting fellow apprentices at Conference events around the U.S. and Canada.

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Ielmini emphasizes need for women’s safety gear on AWF Union Podcast

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast (AWF) and discussed how brick-and-mortar retail stores lack appropriate attire for female construction workers, including safety gear, which in turn negatively impacts female building trades members. He also provided an update on the reintroduction of the Federal Mechanical Insulation Act.

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In-Person New Officer's Training returns

In February, newly elected Officers from various HFIAW Local Unions attended the mandatory training class at the Maritime Institute in Maryland. 

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IIIATF releases three new recuritment videos

The Insulation Industry International Apprentice and Training Fund (IIIATF) recently released three new videos designed to help JATCs with apprentice recruitment efforts.  

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IIIATF announces new Assistant Administrator position

The Insulation Industry International Apprentice and Training Fund (IIIATF) announced the creation of a new leadership position and named the first member to fill this new post. 

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IIIATF conducts firestopping Train the Trainer class

Gaining market share for firestopping work is a priority for the HFIAW, and the Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) and Insulation Industry International Apprentice and Training Fund (IIIATF) are helping Local Unions achieve the goal. 

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IIIATF Holds OSHA 502 Training Class

The Insulation Industry International Apprentice and Training Fund (IIIATF) completed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 502 training course in April at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Md.   

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Hager's Building Futures Program recognized with NABTU Award

The Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council’s Apprenticeship Readiness Program, which was created by former Insulators Local 50 Business Manager Dorsey Hager, was honored with the Mark H. Ayers Community Achievement Award during the 2023 North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) Legislative Conference.

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HFIAW leaders attend 2023 CBTU Conference

Several members of the HFIAW General Executive  Board and other union leaders were able to attend the 2023 Canadian Building Trades Union (CBTU) Conference held in Gatineau, Quebec, from May 8-10.

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The FMIA and the Transformative Power of Apprenticeships

Pete Ielmini, the Executive Director of the Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT), recently shared exciting news about the Federal Mechanical Insulation Act on the America's Work Force Union Podcast. Alongside discussing the bill's significance, Ielmini emphasized the crucial role of apprenticeship programs in shaping individuals' career prospects.

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GST Reap, IVP Cavey attend Su DOL nomination event

General Secretary-Treasurer Robert W. Reap and Middle Atlantic States Conference International Vice President Brian S. Cavey joined other union leaders at the White House on March 1 as President Joe Biden officially nominated Julie Su to be the next U.S. Department of Labor Secretary.

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Biden speech highlights NABTU Conference

International leaders and HFIAW delegates were part of the standing-room-only crowd when President Joe Biden started his re-election campaign with an enthusiastic speech to close out the first day of the 2023 NABTU Legislative Conference. 

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Ielmini discusses President Biden's commitment to the building trades

Pete Ielmini, Executive Director of the Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT), joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and spoke with host Ed "Flash" Ferenc about President Biden's appearance at the North American Building Trades Unions (NABTU) Legislative Conference on the same day he announced he will seek a second term as President.

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Local 6 hosts first Firestopping Market Recovery class of 2023

Pete Ielmini, Executive Director of the Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust, made his monthly appearance on the America's Work Force Union Podcast and talked about the LMCT’s first Firestop Market Recovery Program class to be held in 2023.

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Local 6 hosts first Firestopping Market Recovery class of 2023

Pete Ielmini, Executive Director of the Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust, made his monthly appearance on the America's Work Force Union Podcast and talked about the LMCT’s first Firestop Market Recovery Program class to be held in 2023.

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Ielmini applauds Insulators' commitment to mental health

Pete Ielmini, Executive Director of the Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT), made his monthly appearance on the America's Work Force Union Podcast and lauded the effort of the Insulators Union to provide mental health services to its members.

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IVP Lister: No better time to become a Mechanical Insulator

Insulators Union International Vice President James R. Lister joined the America's Work Force Union Podcast and explained why there is no better time to become a Mechanical Insulator.

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Federal Mechanical Insulation Act is not union vs. non-union bill

Pete Ielmini, Executive Director of the Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT), made his monthly appearance on America's Work Force Union Podcast and addressed how the Federal Mechanical Insulation Act is not a union versus non-union issue.

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2022 NABTU Tradeswomen Build Nations Conference: Stronger Together

During the last weekend of October, more than 3,000 tradeswomen and allies gathered at the Paris Casino in Las Vegas for North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) Tradeswomen Build Nations (TWBN) Conference. TWBN is the largest gathering of any kind for union tradeswomen, and the largest NABTU event, eclipsing the annual Legislative Conference.

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National Green Building Strategy provides opportunity

The fall session of parliament kicked off at the end of September, and a busy legislative agenda has kept the federal government focused on tackling the rising cost of living, dealing with labour and supply challenges and moving forward with implementing its commitments on climate change and the environment.

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Terry Hermanson retires after 51 years of service to the International

In 1971, Walt Disney World opened in Florida, the voting age was lowered to age 18, the most popular song was “Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night and the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory premiered. That same year, Terry Hermanson, age 17, started to work for the HFIAW.

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Insulators make a political impact

Through education, advocacy, campaigning or at the polls, members of the Insulators Union made a political impact this year in both the U.S. and Canada. In the U.S., the efforts of our Brothers and Sisters to, ‘Get Out the Vote’ helped stem the tide on what was expected to be a “red wave” at the federal level and allow Democrats to keep control of the Senate and only narrowly lose a majority in the House.

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British Columbia memorial honors lives lost to asbestos

Lee Loftus is a retired Local 118 Business Manager and a proud third-generation Insulator. A member of the HFIAW since 1976, Loftus worked his way up, eventually holding elected positions both with the Local and with the building trades on a city and province level. He was previously the British Columbia Federation of Labour Occupation Health, Safety and Environment Director and has been entrenched in occupational health and environmental issues his entire professional career. 

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Federal Mechanical Insulation Act will be reintroduced into Congress

Pete Ielmini, Executive Director of the Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT), made his monthly appearance on America's Work Force Union Podcast to talk about H.B. 9419, the Federal Mechanical Insulation Act.

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Insulators in the outdoors - Union Sportsmen's Alliance

The HFIAW is a proud charter union of the Union Sportsman's Alliance (USA).

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Federal Mechanical Insulation Act introduced by Rep. Sánchez

Legislation that seeks to ensure that federal buildings utilize mechanical insulation and that it is installed by individuals who have completed a registered apprenticeship program was introduced into Congress.

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Federal bill would improve mechanical insulation on federal buildings

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and explained the purpose of the Federal Mechanical Insulation Act, which he believes will be introduced into Congress in late November.

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Insulators Local 17 JATC graduation rate hits 98 percent

Robert McGuckin, Training Coordinator for  Heat and Frost Insulators Local 17 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee,  joined America's Work Force Union Podcast and talked about the JATC's impressive 98 percent graduation record among its apprentices, as part of National Apprenticeship Week (which ran from Nov. 14-20).

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Indiana construction industry booming like never before

Jason Smith, Insulators Local 18 Business Manager, appeared on the America's Work Force Union Podcast and discussed becoming President of the Indiana State Building and Construction Trades Council (ISBCTC) and the state’s construction boom.

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Installation of Mechanical Insulation could qualify for a tax credit

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and talked about the Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Tax Deduction.

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Ielmini: Mechanical Insulation energy audits can benefit taxpayers

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and talked about the importance of Mechanical Insulation energy audits and why the National Energy Conservation Policy Act should be amended to ultimately benefit taxpayers.

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LMCT addresses construction worker suicide as part of OSHA event

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast and talked about the alarming suicide rate of construction workers and the resources available to help those in crisis. 

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Reduce fossil fuel use through the use of Mechanical Insulation

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and explained how the proper installation and maintenance of Mechanical Insulation can help reduce U.S. fossil fuel consumption, which in turn, will help protect the environment.

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Getting rid of asbestos, Part 1

When I raise the issue of banning the use of asbestos, the most common response I get is: “Isn’t asbestos already banned?” 

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Firestop installation can be lucrative for unions and contractors

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and talked about why firestop measures are critical to public safety and how the firestop industry can be a highly lucrative for both contractors and members of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Craftworkers.

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IIIATF holds Advanced Pads, Metal Layout Train-the-Trainer courses

In mid-May, over a dozen Local JATC Training Coordinators and Instructors attended the Advanced Pad Development and Advanced Metal Layout Train-the-Trainers courses at the Local 17 Training Center in Chicago.

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CBTU Legislative Conference looks to better future for Canadian Trades

The Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) held its annual legislative conference in Ottawa from April 25-28, following two years of virtual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Biden speech highlights 2022 NABTU Legislative Conference

In April, the North America’s Building Trades Union (NABTU) Legislative Conference was held in-person in Washington, D.C. after a two-year break due to COVID-19.

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Remembering General President Emeritus James A. Grogan, Jr.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers General President Emeritus James A. Grogan, Jr.

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Insulators gain key advocacy wins in 2022 budget

Heat and Frost Insulators in Canada have much to be proud of following a busy but productive first half of the year.

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Mechanical Insulation and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

In May, the Biden Administration celebrated six months of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) being enacted. 

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Insulators LMCT task force will address construction worker suicide

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini recently joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and talked about efforts to address construction worker suicide and the resources available to help union Mechanical Insulators. 

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Local 134 Business Manager Gary L. Guertin dies at 59

HFIAW Local 134 Business Manager, Financial and Corresponding Secretary Gary L. Guertin, 59, passed away peacefully on Feb. 2 surrounded by his family and loved ones.

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IIIATF hosts virtual nanomaterials training course

The Insulation Industry International Apprentice and Training Fund (IIIATF) hosted a virtual nanomaterials training course on Feb. 17.

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Apprentices hone skills while making holiday decorations

During the 2021 Christmas season, apprentices from several Locals spent time on a fun and creative project to display holiday spirit. 

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Tradeswomen group holds first of two webinar events

Tradeswomen from all over North America took part in a webinar event in March that was designed to take the place of last year’s Trades Women Build Nations in-person event, which was cancelled due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

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General President Emeritus James P. McCourt Honored in Washington D.C.

Leaders from the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (IAHFIAW) gathered on the evening of April 5 to honor General President Emeritus James P. McCourt in Washington, DC.

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Virtual New Officers Training held in March

Newly elected Local Union Officers attended the Insulation Industry International Apprentice and Training Fund (IIIATF) New Officers Training course, which was held virtually at the beginning of March due to continued safety concerns related to the pandemic. 

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Former Local 84 Business Manager, Rollin “Rollie” Reth, passes away

Rollin R. Reth passed away on March 7 at the age of 72. He was the former Business Manager of HFIAW Local 84 in Akron & Youngstown.

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Some good news, and some realism about the pandemic

At this moment (March 2022), it is a hopeful time during the viral pandemic with infection rates plummeting and no surprises have appeared on the horizon.

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Local 5 members help build stadium that hosted Super Bowl

For members of Insulators Local 5 in Los Angeles, this year’s Super Bowl was extra special, and it was not because a local team won the Lombardi Trophy.

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Biden Executive Order on PLAs will benefit HFIAW members

The Executive Order signed by President Joe Biden in early February requiring the use of Project Labor Agreements on federal construction projects above $35 million will benefit the Insulators Union and create more work opportunities for our members. 

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Biden-Harris Administration pushes energy efficiency

On Nov. 15, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, known as the IIJA, into law.

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Jerry Donovan, former Local 1 Business Manager, passes away

Jerry Donovan, retired Local 1 Business Manager, passed away on Jan. 5 after suffering a heart attack. He was 62.

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LMCT hires lobbying firm, State Federal Strategies

The Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) is proud to announce a new partnership with the lobbying firm State Federal Strategies.

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Insulators determined to advance agenda in turbulent times

Canada’s 2022 parliamentary calendar kicked off on Jan. 31 when the House of Commons reconvened for its winter/spring session.

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Former Local 58 Business Manager passes away

André Savard, the former Local 58 Montreal Business Manager passed away on Feb. 10 due to complications from COVID-19.

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Local 50 project showcased in climate change report

A project completed by HFIAW Local 50 members was featured in a recently released report focusing on how labor unions can play an essential role in addressing climate change.

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Seattle PLA puts Local 7 members to work on new NHL arena

Members of HFIAW Local 7 helped bring top-level professional hockey back to Seattle after nearly a century absence. 

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IIIATF hosts virtual grant writing course

The Insulation Industry International Apprentice and Training Fund (IIIATF) hosted an online Grant Writing Course during first full week in October.

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General President Revard promotes disaster relief fund on podcast

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers General President Gregory T. Revard joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss The Insulators Union Disaster Relief Fund that provides emergency funds to members impacted by natural disasters.

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Infrastructure bill could be the solution to Ohio’s lead pipe problem

There are at least 650,000 known lead pipes in Ohio that deliver polluted drinking water. Ohio has the second highest number in the nation, next to Illinois. 

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Going to the doctor: Not fun, but necessary

Going to the doctor is no one’s idea of fun, especially these days.

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Canadian Insulator Advocacy: Prime Minister Trudeau’s third mandate

In September, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party were re-elected to lead another minority government in Canada.

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USA Hosts ‘Fishing Lines at Christmas Time’ for San Antonio Youth

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) official press release:

Spring Hill, Tenn.Despite the cold temperature and strong wind, more than 150 participants turned out at San Antonio’s South Side Lions Park on December 11 for Fishing Lines at Christmas Time—the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) first holiday-themed youth fishing event.

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Mechanical Insulator training will be valuable to climate change fight

As the country comes to grips with the reality of climate change, energy efficiency becomes  increasingly essential to infrastructure. Mechanical insulation will play a critical role in that transformation. The efforts to better insulate America’s buildings will lead to unprecedented demand for Mechanical Insulators, spurring the growth of apprenticeships.

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General President Revard promotes veterans on Union Podcast

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers General President Gregory T. Revard joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast on Veterans Day to discuss opportunities available for veterans through the HFIAW’s registered apprenticeship program. 

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New Illinois law will use clean energy transition to create union jobs

Clean energy is the future. As we move towards a carbon neutral energy economy, millions of new jobs will be created — and many will be unionized.

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Mechanical Insulation Tax Credits in new Build Back Better legislation

Insulators Union General President Gregory T. Revard released the following statement on the inclusion of mechanical insulation tax incentives in President Biden's Build Back Better framework and U.S. House legislation:

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Local 53 wins $1.9 million pension contribution settlement

The HFIAW Local 53 (New Orleans) Pension Fund was the big winner in a recent lawsuit filed against an employer.

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K.C. International Airport to get $1.5 billion facelift

A major project in Kansas City will not only benefit airline travelers, but has created good paying jobs for members of the Insulators Union.

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COVID: A seven-minute update of the facts

COVID-19 comes and goes, despite our hopes in early summer it was on its way out.

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Highlights from 2021 lobbying efforts

Over the past year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic brought much of the world to halt.

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President Biden fulfills campaign promise to the Insulators

“Hurry up and wait,” is a common construction concept, but this phrase also often applies to the legislative process.

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Our appreciation to all who served

The dedication and commitment so many of our Insulators and Allied Workers Brothers and Sisters have demonstrated by defending the U.S. and Canada is unparalleled.

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Involvement, activities continue for Local 16 Brother after retirement

For roughly 40 years, Brother Geoff Millar was an active member of HFIAW Local 16 who worked in all aspects of our trade including asbestos remediation, commercial, refrigeration, light industrial, heavy industrial and ship work.

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Western States Conference holds virtual Apprentice Competition

Before the travel restrictions were implemented in early 2020, the Western States Conference Master Apprentice Competition (MAC) was one of the last in-person events held in our union.

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Unions Essential in Addressing Climate Crisis, Federal Climate Action

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Virtual Joint Apprenticeship Conference proves successful, informative

The International Insulation Industry Apprenticeship and Training Fund (IIIATF) held a three-day Joint Apprenticeship Conference (JAC) in June.

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Union Volunteers Help Kansas City Area Youths Catch Their First Fish

Press Release from Union Sportsmen's Alliance:

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Trainer Enhancement goes virtual for students and graduates

With the health and safety concerns of the pandemic again gaining momentum, the International Insulation Industry Apprenticeship and Training Fund (IIIATF) made the choice to move the Spring 2020 Trainer Enhancement class online. The decision to move this traditionally in-person event to a virtual environment was difficult, as the class normally includes numerous hands-on components.

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New Training Coordinators attend virtual event

The Insulation Industry International Apprentice and Training Fund (IIIATF) held a virtual training session for the new Training Coordinators.

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Insulators Union Florence Bernard/ Alta Miller Scholarship recipients

The 31st Annual Florence Bernard/Alta Miller Scholarship Drawing was held virtually on July 21 at the International Office in Maryland, with International staff and officers pulling names in a random, basket-style drawing to award the scholarships.

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2020 and 2021 Pablo Awards bestowed on industry greats

Two of union’s top trainers were recently recognized with the International Insulation Industry Apprenticeship
and Training Fund’s (IIIATF) greatest honor, the W. F. Pablo Bleiker Award.

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NABTU holds virtual legislative conference, American Jobs Plan focus

After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the North America’s Building Trades Unions Legislative Conference was held for the first time ever as a virtual event in 2021.

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Apprenticeship Readiness Program finds success in Baltimore

Nearly five years ago, the Baltimore-D.C. Metro Building Trades Council established the Raising the Baltimore
Apprenticeship Readiness (BAR) Program to serve Baltimore residents.

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A Canadian plan to ‘Build Back Better’

On April 19, the first Canadian woman to hold the federal finance minister portfolio delivered the longest and arguably most significant budget in Canadian history. At more than 740 pages, Finance Minister Chyrstia Freeland’s first budget was both heavy and weighty for a Liberal government seeking to support Canadians and steer the economy out of the pandemic. It also didn’t hurt that the budgets’ massive spending spree helped position the government for the looming election.

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Political climate favors unions and workers

As the weather gets better and more Americans and Canadians receive their COVID-19 vaccinations, there is a growing sense of optimism that better days are ahead.

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It is time to go back to the doctor

Many people have reduced or entirely skipped out on seeing their doctor over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dr. Markowitz appointed as Insulators Union Chief Medical Advisor

The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Steven Markowitz, MD, DrPH, as the Union’s Chief Medical Advisor.

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NY-NE States Conference Regional Organizer Scott Curry retires

After a 35-year career with the Insulators Union, Brother Scott Curry announced he will retire on July 1.

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Updating the Selikoff Insulator Cohort mortality information

Efforts to update the Selikoff Insulator Cohort are expected to provide valuable information to better understand the progression of asbestos-related disease. However, before we address this work and what it means, we want to discuss the cohort and what the initial work meant.

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Local 16 Retiree acts as shining example for members

Brother Alan Pierce joined Local 16 San Francisco in July 1975. Upon completing the apprenticeship program, he spent another 30-years on the tools before retiring in December 2006.

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American Jobs Plan takes center stage at NABTU Legislative Conference

After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the North America’s Building Trades Unions Legislative Conference returned, albeit virtually in 2021 with representatives from all 14 affiliated building trades attending the conference that was held on June 5.

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Insulators demand the trades be involved in clean energy

Tradesmen and tradeswomen must be brought along with the rest of the workforce as the U.S. takes an eco-friendly approach to infrastructure and energy. Local 1 Retiree, former Missouri state senator and current Mechanical Insulators LMCT Deputy Director Gina Walsh explained initiatives in place to ensure building trades unions have a seat at the clean energy table and more on a labor-focused podcast.

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Congresswoman Sanchez promotes mechanical insulation in legislation

California Congresswoman Linda Sanchez made sure to reference legislation that she supports regarding mechanical insulation during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on infrastructure financing on May 19.

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Promoting suicide prevention on Workers’ Memorial Day

Construction workers face plenty of hazards on the job, but they can also struggle when they leave the jobsite. On Workers’ Memorial Day, the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers and our affiliates are working to promote safety and wellbeing in all forms.

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New officers attend virtual training session

A group of newly elected Local Union Officers were supposed to have training in Maryland at the end of 2020.

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The new year creates new legislative opportunities

As the U.S. and Canada continue to face significant health and economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not easy to envision better days ahead. This is especially true in the U.S. after the attack on the U.S. Capitol and our democratic institutions on Jan. 6.

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I’m getting the COVID-19 vaccine, and so should you

Steven Markowitz, MD, DrPH, a physician specializing in occupational and environmental medicine, directs the Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment and is a professor of environmental sciences at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY). The Insulators Union has been working with Dr. Markowitz for many years and appreciates his expertise on issues that matter to our industry and our members.

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Local 53 training grants support historic hospital transformation

A historic hospital that served New Orleans residents for centuries, only to be shuttered by Hurricane Katrina, is coming back to life. The bold $300 million project is covered by a Project Labor Agreement, which is already benefiting HFIAW Local 53.

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Local 7 members work through struggles at LNG facility

Building trades members, including those from HFIAW Local 7, struggled through numerous roadblocks and protests as they performed work to get a new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) refueling port in the Tacoma/Puget Sound area up and running.

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Lower your energy costs by installing mechanical insulation

The storm in Texas this winter caused unthinkable damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure, leaving many without running water and electricity. The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers are continually promoting mechanical insulation and the many benefits. 

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Insulators send Build Back Better Clean Energy support letter to Biden

In a letter to President Biden in support of the Build Back Better Clean Energy Infrastructure Plan, Insulators Union General President Gregory T. Revard reminded President Biden and his administration of the green benefits from mechanical insulation.

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Infrastructure investment to create mechanical insulation jobs

The mechanical insulation industry won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon. Our Union’s joint labor and contractor effort, the Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini explained how mechanical insulation jobs will be created on a labor-focused podcast.

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Local 18 Business Manager hypes all union project on labor podcast

Insulators Local 18 Business Manager Jason Smith talked about an Indianapolis, Ind. project on the labor-focused America’s Work Force Union Podcast.

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LMCT Executive Director hypes Climate Jobs Illinois on labor podcast

With the new year approaching, Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini explained the importance of a new job-creating climate initiative on a labor-focused podcast.

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Justice complex in Indybeing built 100% union

HFIAW Local 18 Indianapolis is proud to be working on the new Marion County Criminal Justice Complex project with signatory contractors Fargo Insulation and Performance Contracting (Insulation Division).

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Training Fund Administrator retires after long, successful career

Insulation Industry International Apprentice and Training Fund Administrator Thomas A. Haun is set to retire at the end of 2020, after 22 years of leading the International Training Department, and 46 total years of industry experience.

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Despite pandemic, Insulators pre-apprentices complete training course

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 58 has gained 18 new apprentices after they completed a pre apprenticeship course in Montreal.

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Brother Hall retires after 45-years of service

International Representative Rob Hall recently announced his intent to retire at the end of 2020. Over the past 12 years, many Insulator Brothers and Sisters have come to know Brother Hall through his position as International Representative.

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Insulators LMCT Director discusses labor history on union podcast

Just ahead of Thanksgiving, Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini discussed the importance of labor unions and outlined some of the most important accomplishments of the labor movement on a labor-focused podcast.

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Women have upward mobility in the Insulators Union and building trades

Although the building trades are a traditionally male-dominated field of work, women are breaking barriers and finding success and equality in the industry, including within the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers.

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Navy veteran GP Revard joins union podcast on Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, Navy veteran and Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers General President Gregory T. Revard appeared on America’s Work Force Union Podcast to tell his story and explain what the Insulators Union is doing to recruit veterans.

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Our appreciation to all Brothers and Sisters who served

The dedication and commitment so many of our Insulator Brothers and Sisters have demonstrated by defending the U.S. and Canada is unparalleled.

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LMCT Director encourages members to ask about election issues

In the runup to the election, Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini informed union members where they can find reliable election information on the Oct. 30 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast.

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So-Called Right to Work is off the table in Alberta, CA

Thanks to the efforts of the Building Trades of Alberta (BTA), so-called “Right to Work” laws will not be instituted in the province.

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LMCT Deputy Director on AWF Union Podcast ahead of NABTU TWBN

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Deputy Director Gina Walsh appeared on the Oct. 12 episode of America’s Work Force Union podcast to give a preview of the North America’s Building Trades Unions’ Tradeswomen Build Nations Conference.

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Former HFIAW BM instrumental in creating work opportunities

With rising unemployment and a construction industry workforce continuing to shrink, one former Insulators Union Business Manager has stepped up to help create meaningful career opportunities.

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OSHA Training moved online during pandemic

In late June, 26 Insulators attended an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 502 training event via digital conferencing.

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IIIATF holds remote website training for Locals

The Insulation Industry International Apprenticeship and Training Fund (IIIATF) held a successful virtual website training event in August.

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Transition to renewable fuels proposed for Phillips 66 CA Refinery

In the middle of August, Phillips 66 announced they will begin a four-year process of campaigning and gaining approvals to transition their 124-year-old San Francisco Refinery into the world’s largest renewable fuels plant.

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Government Affairs Update from Fall Insulators Journal

It is often said the next election is the most important and consequential in our lifetime, and the 2020 U.S. General Election is no exception. To help our U.S. members cast an informed vote, it is necessary to review the past four years.

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General President Revard presents his goals on union-focused podcast

Newly appointed International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers General President Gregory T. Revard detailed his career thus far and shared his mission and goals as the new General President on the Oct. 2 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast.

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Missouri State Senators Honor Gina Walsh

Missouri State Sen. Gina Walsh, a member of the Insulators Union, was honored by her fellow state senators in mid-September.

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LMCT Director discusses safety improvements throughout the years

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini appeared on the Sept. 23 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how worker safety has improved within the insulation industry throughout the years.

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Gamble elected to serve as General Secretary-Treasurer

The International Executive Board elected Douglas N. Gamble to be the HFIAW’s new General Secretary-Treasurer.

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LMCT Director Discusses Invest Act on Union Podcast

On Aug. 26, Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini appeared on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast to discuss the inclusion of mechanical insulation language within the Invest Act.

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Ontario government appoints Insulator to apprenticeship position

Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 95 Director of Government and Community Relations Brother Adam Melnick was recently appointed to serve as a youth advisor to the Ontario Government.

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General President McCourt retires after successful union career

On Labor Day, General President James P. McCourt retired, ending a 45-year career as a proud member of the Insulators Union.

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Union’s 10th General President takes the lead on Labor Day

For Gregory T. Revard, Labor Day will mean even more to him than ever before.

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Voter Registration Information

In the U.S., Election Day will be here before you know it, but are you registered to vote?

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St. Louis Local 1 Member featured on USA's Brotherhood Outdoors TV

Spring Hill, Tenn.  —Third-generation union insulator, Gary Payeur of Florissant, Missouri, heads to Colorado, where he encounters “Frank the Tank” during his first western mule deer hunt on the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) Brotherhood Outdoors TV episode airing the week of August 24.

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Biden Pledges to Support Key Insulator Issues, Union Supports Biden

Democratic Party Presidential Nominee Joe Biden promised to support key issues important to the Insulators Union.

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Insulators Union Endorses Vice President Joe Biden

Today, the Executive Board of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers voted unanimously to endorse Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden for President of the United States.

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Trade Requires Problem Solving, Teamwork for Successful Insulation

Apprenticeship Minnesota highlighted one of our Local 34 Apprentices in a recent promotion to encourage Apprenticeships as an ideal pathway to a successful career for Minnesota youth. 

Former graphic designer and restaurant manager enjoys variety of jobs and physical activity of insulation trade

When Laura Goff of Circle Pines graduated from Inver Grove Heights schools in 1998, she did what was advised at
the time.

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LMCT Executive Director interviewed on labor union podcast

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined the America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 22 to discuss registered apprenticeship programs and the future of the mechanical insulation industry.

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Mesothelioma Patient Registry slated to receive government funds

The Insulators Union is proud of our allies in the U.S. House of Representatives for including funding to complete the Mesothelioma Patient Registry Feasibility Study in their Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations bill to fund the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education.

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Local 47 Brother celebrates 79 years(and counting!) as a Union member

Brother Woodrow Smith, known to his friends as “Woody,” has been a pillar to generations of HFIAW Local 47 members. And his four-digit registration number is only part of the reason why.

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Disaster Relief fund helps members hit by flooding in Michigan and Fort McMurray

Heavy rainfall in May and the failure of two dams caused severe to a portion of Michigan that impacted numerous members of Local 47 in Michigan. Similar flooding problems hit Local 110 members in the Fort McMurray area in Canada.

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Names drawn for annual Florence Bernard/Alta Miller Scholarship

Winners were randomly selected for the 30th Annual Florence Bernard/Alta Miller Scholarship Drawing in mid-June.

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