Banning and Removal of Asbestos

The Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on May 27 to discuss banning asbestos and asbestos removal.

Labor Management Cooperative TrustIelmini first explained how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the insulation industry and their apprenticeship programs. He spoke about apprentices following proper distancing guidelines and wearing face masks and shields. Ielmini then spoke about their state of the art training centers allowing apprentices to learn while keeping a safe distance from each other. He then said insulators naturally follow the mask and face shield requirements, as it is standard practice in their trade to keep workers safe from asbestos.

Ielmini also spoke about the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019. He said on average, 12,000 to 15,000 people die each year from asbestos related disease and how change is needed. He said the bill banning asbestos will prohibit the commercial use of asbestos and eventually keep chemical companies from using the mineral. Ielmini mentioned that asbestos exposure can cause diseases such as mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer that develops in the protective lining around the lungs, abdomen and heart. Ielmini said the goal is to make the use of asbestos illegal in all facets.

John Murphy, International Vice President At Large of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters spoke about multi-employer pension plans. He discussed the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800) and how it is a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts that it has had on the economy, public health, businesses and state and local governments. He then spoke about the recently passed stimulus bill, which contained the Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act and how it differs from the Butch-Lewis Act. Lastly, he spoke about how Teamsters members and other listeners can get involved to pass the legislation.


America’s Work Force Radio Podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play and wherever you stream your podcasts.

Listen on Apple Podcasts

Listen on Google Podcasts

Listen on Spotify


America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

AMERICA’S WORK FORCE RADIO IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY OUR SPONSORS AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, BMA MEDIA GROUP, COLUMBUS-CENTRAL OHIO BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL, CUYAHOGA COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMUNICATION WORKERS OF AMERICA, HEAT AND FROST INSULATORS AND ALLIED WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF PAINTERS AND ALLIED TRADES DISTRICT COUNCIL 6, KELLEY & FERRARO, LLP,  LABOR CITIZEN MAGAZINE, LABORERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA, NORTH COAST AREA LABOR FEDERATION, MARITIME TRADES DEPARTMENT, OHIO FEDERATION OF TEACHERS-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, UNITED AUTO WORKERS, UNITED LABOR AGENCY, UNITED STEELWORKERS.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.