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

Posted by on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

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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Topics: HFIAW, Organizing, training, Building Trades Academy, BTA, Organizers, Training Conference, OMS, COMET

Organizing Department hosts January conference

Posted by on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 @ 11:01 AM

The Organizing Department for the HFIAW is sponsoring an Organizing Conference in late January.

Every HFIAW Local is required to send at least one participant to the conference, which will occur from Jan 21-27 at the Flamingo Hotels.

The conference is open to all local union Organizers, Business Managers and other Local Union Officers interested in attending.

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Topics: Organizing, Train the Trainer, Organizers, NABTU, North America’s Building Trades Unions, OMS, Organizing Management System, BAT, Bureau of Apprenticeship Training, COMET, Training Academy

Insulators sponsor Building Trades Academy course

Posted by on Fri, Oct 7, 2016 @ 10:10 AM

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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Topics: Organizing, Building Trades, Building Trades Academy, Course, Education, BTA

Anti-Union Campaign in Full Swing at Google Express

Posted by on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 12:08 PM

While the rest of the on-demand economy struggles to come to terms with the fallout from start-ups' reliance on classifying employees as independent contractors, Google Express — which does not use independent contractors but instead subcontracts its workforce through a staffing agency — is facing labor troubles of its own. And the battle is heating up. 

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Topics: Organizing

Union seeks certification vote at 2 Toyota plants in Canada

Posted by on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 @ 16:08 PM

TORONTO (Reuters) -- Canada's largest private-sector union said on Wednesday it plans to hold an organization vote for about 7,000 workers at two Toyota Motor Corp. assembly plants in Ontario early this year.

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Topics: Canada, Organizing

NLRB Overrules Precedent; Allows Unions Easy Access to Employee Witness Statements

Posted by on Tue, Jul 7, 2015 @ 17:07 PM
For nearly 40 years, the National Labor Relations Board has followed a bright-line rule pursuant to which an employer is privileged to withhold witness statements from unions.
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Topics: Organizing, NLRB;Labor Law

New Report Says Virtual Labor Organizing Could Be Key In Organizing New Workers

Posted by on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 @ 13:06 PM

The Century Foundation has a new report suggesting that virtual labor organizing could be the key to getting a new generation of workers to join unions.

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Topics: Organizing

Haymarket Massacre: Why this labor turning point still matters

Posted by on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 @ 16:06 PM
The American labor movement first celebrated May 1 as a day for labor solidarity in 1886. On that day, as many as a quarter to half a million workers went on strike and held rallies across the country to call for an eight-hour work day. "Eight-hour day with no cut in pay!" was their rallying cry.
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Topics: Labor Unions, Construction Jobs, Organizing, Construction

Labr? An App For Organizing Workers Is Coming

Posted by on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 @ 09:06 AM
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Topics: Organizing, Union Labor

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