Virtual conference explores the challenges women face in the trades

Gina Walsh, Deputy Director of the Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust (LMCT), joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Tradeswomen Build Nations Winter Webinar that takes place this Saturday. Continue reading

Biden’s PLA Executive Order will improve quality of construction work

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss President Joe Biden’s recent Executive Order that mandated Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on all federal construction projects over $35 million. Continue reading

Many Jan. 9 New York apartment fire deaths were preventable

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss why deaths from a recent New York City high rise apartment fire were preventable if critical fire containment regulations had been properly followed. Continue reading

Boston Insulators push apprenticeship as a quality education

Union building trades apprenticeships can lead people to a prosperous life with great career skills. For generations, these programs have been the gold standard of construction training.

The members of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers go through one of these rigorous training programs, as apprentices learn the mechanical insulation trade. Insulators Union Local 6 Business Agent Jeff Saliba discussed apprenticeships and why the training is necessary on the AWF Union Podcast. He also discussed Prevailing Wage and other issues in the Boston area. Continue reading

Discussing suicide prevention on Workers’ Memorial Day

On Workers’ Memorial Day, the labor community is focused on fallen workers and ways to limit the amount of workers who are killed due to workplace accidents and their own personal battles.

These issues are being tackled head on by labor organizations and management together. Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain what leads to mental health issues in the construction industry and where workers can go for help. Continue reading

HFIAW GP touts veterans as great candidates for building trades apprenticeship programs

Veterans have always been able to find quality employment in the building trades unions and some have even climbed to the top ranks of their respective union.

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers General President and Navy veteran Gregory T. Revard joined AWF Union Podcast on Veterans Day to explain how the Insulators are helping veterans find meaningful careers. Continue reading