Heat and Frost Insulators News and Events

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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NABTU Summary of US Government COVID-19 relief legislation


In the last two weeks, Congress has passed one major piece of legislation and is poised to do the same in the coming days on a second bill. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) has been signed into law by the president. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) is scheduled to be voted on by the US House of Representatives as early as Friday, March 27 after already passing the US Senate on Wednesday, March 25. The House is expected to pass the bill and then it will head to the president who is expected to sign it into law.
Both of pieces of legislation were designed to provide economic relief for businesses and workers severely impacted by COVID-19. North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) lobbied very aggressively to ensure each bill contained policies that would help the working families of the construction industry as well as its contractors. The following memo is a summary of many of the key provisions impacting the building trades and its industry partners.
While Congress is expected to officially recess until mid to late April (possibly longer), plans for a fourth relief bill are already coming together. With the help of all the affiliates and our councils, the building trades will begin lobbying on it immediately. As you will read, we have unfinished business and our members and their families are depending on us to get it done.

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