Government Affairs

Government Affairs

The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers maintains a political presence in Canada and the United States monitoring developments that can have an impact on our industry and our members.
We will strive to keep you updated on those developments through this page. At times we may seek assistance in shaping opinion on certain issues or legislation. This may include letter writing campaigns or other forms of feedback sent to individual legislators.
We will do our best to keep you informed, but if members come across topics that might require our attention, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Government Affairs News

Voter Registration Information

Posted by on Fri, Aug 28, 2020 @ 15:08 PM

In the U.S., Election Day will be here before you know it, but are you registered to vote?

Topics: Government Affairs, Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, Insulators Union

Insulators Union Endorses Vice President Joe Biden

Posted by on Wed, Aug 19, 2020 @ 08:08 AM

Today, the Executive Board of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers voted unanimously to endorse Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden for President of the United States.

Topics: Government Affairs, Construction Industry, Insulators Union

Mesothelioma Patient Registry slated to receive government funds

Posted by on Thu, Jul 23, 2020 @ 10:07 AM

The Insulators Union is proud of our allies in the U.S. House of Representatives for including funding to complete the Mesothelioma Patient Registry Feasibility Study in their Fiscal Year 2021 Appropriations bill to fund the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education.

Topics: Government Affairs, Mesothelioma and Asbestos Related Diseases, Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, Insulators Union

Mechanical Insulation Tax Incentives Included in House Legislation

Posted by on Thu, Jul 2, 2020 @ 16:07 PM

After much effort and coordination, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an infrastructure bill, which includes mechanical insulation tax incentives.

Topics: Government Affairs

Legislation seeks to improve infrastructure, provide Insulators jobs

Posted by on Fri, Jun 26, 2020 @ 16:06 PM

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-De.) introduced legislation aimed at creating jobs and providing stimulus funding for infrastructure projects.

Topics: Government Affairs

Mechanical Insulation Legislative Update - June 26, 2020

Posted by on Fri, Jun 26, 2020 @ 09:06 AM

An update from Government Affairs Director Chip Gardiner:

Since last November when we first secured mechanical insulation tax incentives into the House Ways and Means GREEN bill discussion draft, we have been optimistic that the Mechanical Insulation tax incentives would be included as part of a larger infrastructure bill that the U.S House of Representatives would consider and approve. Our optimism was further increased when the Joint Committee on Taxation contacted us to get information that they needed to complete their economic/budgetary analysis for the Mechanical Insulation tax incentives.

Topics: Government Affairs, Mechanical Insulation, Insulators Union

Stricter Asbestos regulations put in place in Washington State

Posted by on Wed, Mar 25, 2020 @ 08:03 AM

On March 19, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee approved legislation to regulate the amount of asbestos used in building materials and industrial facilities.

Topics: Government Affairs, Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, Health and Welfare, Insulators Union

AFL-CIO: COVID-19 pandemic daily brief, March 19

Posted by on Thu, Mar 19, 2020 @ 16:03 PM

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) has shared a brief on March 19 at 11:30 am with the following information to be shared as resources within their affiliated Unions.

Topics: AFL-CIO, Government Affairs, Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, Health and Welfare, Insulators Union, COVID-19

The Insulators applaud the passing of a Coronavirus relief package

Posted by on Thu, Mar 19, 2020 @ 14:03 PM

President Trump signed into law a Coronavirus aid, which was overwhelmingly approved by Congress.

Topics: Government Affairs, Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, Health and Welfare, Insulators Union, COVID-19

DOL IRAP rule to exclude Construction Industry

Posted by on Fri, Mar 13, 2020 @ 15:03 PM

After months of delay, the U.S. Department of Labor released the final rule on Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs, otherwise known as IRAPs, exempting the construction industry from this rule.

Topics: Government Affairs, Department of Labor, Apprenticeship and Training Fund, Registered Apprenticeship Programs, Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs

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