Heat and Frost Insulators News and Events

Help is available for members displaced by severe storms

Posted by on Fri, Sep 8, 2017 @ 16:09 PM

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

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2017 ‘Pablo’ awarded to 2 deserving Training Coordinators

Posted by on Fri, Sep 1, 2017 @ 15:09 PM

The International Insulation Industry Apprenticeship and Training Fund presented the 2017 Pablo Blieker Award to Ken Jakobsson and posthumously to Jermaine Ray.

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Topics: IIIATF, Apprenticeship and Training Fund, Pablo Blieker Award

Training Coordinators share ideas, expand teaching skills during JAC Conference

Posted by on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 @ 15:08 PM

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.

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Topics: Training Coordinators, JAC Conference, HFIAW, Toronto, Canada

Local 95 meets with contractor regarding Carleton University renovation project

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

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.

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Topics: Job Action, Ottawa, Canada, Local 95, Toronto, Canada

Conference apprentice competitions select finalists for International MAC

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

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:

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Topics: Apprentice and Training Fund, MAC, Local 95, Toronto, Canada, Apprenticeship Competition

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: International Organizing Department, Organizing Department, COMET

International Apprentice and Training Fund Hosts OSHA Training

Posted by on Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 10:05 AM

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.

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Topics: OSHA, IIIATF, Insulation, Apprentice and Training Fund

Job Action at Carleton University in Ottawa

Posted by on Mon, May 8, 2017 @ 08:05 AM

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.

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HFIAW Organizers facilitate Building Trades Academy 103 Course

Posted by on Fri, May 5, 2017 @ 10:05 AM

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.

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NABTU Legislative Conference held in Washington DC

Posted by on Wed, May 3, 2017 @ 14:05 PM

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.

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Topics: NABTU, North America’s Building Trades Unions, Building Trades Legislative Conference, Washington, DC

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