Newly appointed Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers General President Gregory T. Revard provided his account of coming up through the ranks, his goals for the Insulators union and more on the Oct. 2 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Revard began by giving a synopsis of his career thus far.
While his father and other family members worked as insulators, Revard worked as a laborer following high school. He then enlisted in the Navy and served during the mid-seventies. When he returned, he went back to working as a laborer before getting an opportunity as an insulator.
He finished his apprenticeship as a member of Insulators Local 47 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and immediately began seeking leadership positions within the union. He worked his way all the way up to Business Manager of Local 47 before taking a position with the International.
Revard was appointed General President of the Insulators union on Labor Day of 2020 following the retirement of former General President James McCourt.
Since taking office, Revard has identified goals he would like to focus on. He said he wants to focus on organizing non-union competition. Revard believes this will bring the entire industry up to the same standards the Insulators union members work under. He also said he would like to improve the education and training for Insulators apprentices and journeymen.
As accomplished as he is, Revard credited his time in the Navy for his self-discipline and drive to work his way up through the Insulators union.
Revard will rejoin America’s Work Force Union Podcast during the week of Veterans Day along with a list of other veterans who are now tradesmen and tradeswomen.