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Season 4, Episode 51

Supply chain issues create work delays in the Hoosier Heartland

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David Price, Organizer of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 18, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the status of work in the area, recruitment efforts and the growth of the AFL-CIO in Central Indiana.

Insulators Local 18 has about 300 active members, as it covers 32 counties in Indiana and 5 counties in Illinois. The territory serves drastically different areas, from urban areas such as downtown Indianapolis to the heavy rural areas of the Hoosier State.

Price acknowledged that work in the are is being impacted by supply chain issues. It is difficult to maintain projects without proper materials. That being said, the future work outlook is historic. Local 18 has more work on the books for next year than at any time in the Local’s history. While this is good news, Price currently finds himself in a difficult position as he works to recruit new members while trying to provide steady work for current members. 

Most of Price's ongoing recruitment efforts revolve around the region’s frequent career fairs. He also works with multiple organizations such as the United Way, The Excel Center and the Future Farmers of America to help identify potential apprenticeship candidates. FFA members are the perfect candidates to work in the building trades and he is trying to partner with the organization to create an easier path for their members to join the trades.

Price also serves as President of the Central Indiana AFL-CIO. He spoke about the rapid growth of the organization in Central Indiana and what it takes to work with this large group. While the growth is exciting, it unfortunately has created a few issues that he is working to resolve. Price is excited for the future of the Hoosier Heartland AFL-CIO, even if they must first clear a few hurdles.

Listen to the entire episode to learn more.

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