Heat and Frost Insulators News and Events

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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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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Unions Essential in Addressing Climate Crisis, Federal Climate Action


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Former Seattle Business Manager helps others at the negotiating table

Seattle Building Trades Executive Secretary and former Insulators Local 7 Business Manager, Monty Anderson led the way in securing an agreement to streamline the negotiating process for employees of King County.

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Construction creates jobs and, yes, challenges in Seattle — let’s tackle the growing pains together

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

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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Insulators sponsor Building Trades Academy course

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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