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.
Heat and Frost Insulators News and Events
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heat and Frost Insulators in Canada have much to be proud of following a busy but productive first half of the year.
In May, the Biden Administration celebrated six months of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) being enacted.