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

2017 Canadian Building Trades Conference

Posted by on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 @ 09:07 AM

Similar to the U.S. Conference, the Canadian Building Trades Conference featured an impressive schedule of presentations from national and provincial leaders from the major political parties, as well as updates from construction industry leaders on major Canadian infrastructure projects.

The highlight of the Canadian Conference was the dedication of the Building Trades Workers Memorial on May 16 to honor the men and women of the Canadian Building Trades. The importance of the dedication of this impressive memorial was evident for several reasons.

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Topics: Canada, Building Trades Legislative Conference

U.S. 2016 Elections: U.S. Congress (U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives)

Posted by on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 @ 13:11 PM

Voters will also determine the control of the U.S. Congress.  In the U.S. Senate, Republicans currently have a 54-46 majority, and there are 34 Senate races this year (24 seats are Republican and 10 are Democratic).  If Hillary Clinton is elected president, Democrats will need to win 4 additional seats to win the majority (As Vice President, Tim Kaine would give Democrats the Senate majority if the Senate election was deadlocked at 50-50).  In the U.S. House of Representatives, the Republicans have a 247-186 majority, and it is expected that House Democrats will gain seats, and there is the potential for significant gains for House Democrats.

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Topics: legislation, election, Government Affairs, political, Construction, Union Labor, Government, US Congress, USA

U.S. 2016 Elections: Governors and State Legislatures

Posted by on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 @ 12:10 PM

With so much attention focused on the presidential election, it is easy to lose sight that there are many important Governor, state, county and municipal elections that will determine our future government leaders. 

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Topics: election, Government Affairs, political

General President McCourt to host three labor rallies

Posted by on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 08:10 AM

 

HFIAW General President James McCourt will host three labor rallies througout the United States. The details for each are listed below. The Brothers and Sisters of surrounding Locals are encouraged to engage and attend. Pictures from each will be posted following the event.



Saturday, October 22

Detroit, Michigan

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Topics: Government Affairs, Government

Union Plus Offers Help for Survivors of Louisiana Floods

Posted by on Thu, Sep 1, 2016 @ 09:09 AM

If you are a union member who participates in Union Plus programs and have been affected by the recent deadly floods that struck southeast Louisiana, you may be eligible for financial assistance1.

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Topics: Labor Unions, bank, Union Plus, Floods, Louisiana

Help is available for members displaced by Northern Alberta wildfires

Posted by on Fri, May 6, 2016 @ 15:05 PM

An Important Message from General President James P. McCourt and General Secretary-Treasurer Gregory T. Revard:

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Legislative Update: Mechanical Insulation Incentive Bill progress

Posted by on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 @ 15:04 PM

With the support of Congressman Bob Dold, Republican from Illinois, as the new sponsor of the Mechanical Insulation Incentive Bill, we worked with his staff to identify a lead Democrat co-sponsor.

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Topics: tax credit, Government Affairs, political, Mechanical Insulation Incentive Bill, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, H.R. 4165, Government, United States Congress, Congressman Bob Dold, Mechanical Insulation

Mesothelioma Patient Registry Act

Posted by on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

As we work to promote the health of Insulator members and families, we are continuing our work to promote the Mesothelioma Patient Registry Act (H.R. 3284).

In October, General President McCourt wrote to Congressman Katko, the sponsor of H.R. 3284, thanking him for his leadership by introducing this important legislation.

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Topics: Government Affairs, political, Mesothelioma

Government of, by, and for Big Money

Posted by on Wed, Sep 2, 2015 @ 15:09 PM

 

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GOP Inserts Silica Standard Delay Into Labor Dept. Money Bill

Posted by on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 @ 14:08 PM

By voice vote, the Republican-run Senate Appropriations Committee last month inserted a 1-year delay in the federal efforts to cut workers’ exposure to silica dust. The move is in the money bill for the Labor Department for the year starting Oct. 1.

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Topics: AFL-CIO, legislation

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