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Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers
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2024 Meeting Dates and Locations

The latest Event Photos:

Oakland Coliseum (Shibe Tavern (May 3, 2024 Photos)
More pictures from Geoff Millar: https://photos.app.goo.gl/YRQ27tWwGyJEiAos5 
29th Anniversary - Rio Vista - Photos
29th Anniversary - Rio Vista - Slide Show.
29th Anniverary Pics by Geoff Millar.

*******Older Photos**********
Oakland Aviation Museum Slide Show
(By Hans Siebert)

(By Alan Pierce)

A Whole Lot More Pics (By Alan Pierce and Others) Includes the Union, the Apprenticesip Program,
the Mesothelioma Research Foundation, Jobsites, Ladies Club.


Photos from the December 9, 2024 Union Potluck Holiday Dinner

Of the 2023 Retiree Xmas Lunch by Hans Siebert.

Of the 2023 Retiree X-mas Lunch By Geoff Millar.

Of September 15, 2023 Meeting

Of June 23, 2023

Photos of the March 2023 Lunch in Rio Vista, California

December 2022 Lunch at Zio Fraedo's in Vallejo, CA.

Pictures of a Mechanics Test

Photos of the Retiree Lunch at the Union on June 10, 2022

Pictures of the 2022 Retiree Lunch - 27th Anniversary - Rio Vista




*Pictures of More Events*

Photos of the Retiree X-Mas Luncheon at Zio Fraedo's, December 3, 2021


Watch an old (2010) - meeting Video



If you are an oldtimer, you may remember some of this:

The following is an essay from 1992:

[NOTE: This was before we had a legitimate apprenticeship program. Instaed it was a training program based on the Labor-Management Agreement and the trainees were named "Improvers" or "Helpers" The program was not recognized by the US Department of Labor or by the California Dept. of Industrial Relations to be a bona fide Apprenticeship Program. However, for the purpose of obtaining training mechanics, it was deemed sufficient by the employers and the union]

[To read this essay you need to employ a pdf reader you can download here]

Early History of the Apprenticeship Program 

Download as MS Word File

Look at the Apprenticeship Program Today (2022)

Here is an interesting video:
Asbestos and Human History

More about the Insulation Apprenticeship, the Trade and the Union:
2018 "Master"-Apprentice Competition: https://youtu.be/GaBR0vRgq1w

Note regarding the American definition of MASTER and if you are interested in a little history: This is how things are done in Europe.
[Copied from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_craftsman ]


In Germany, the master craftsman (Meister) is the highest professional qualification in crafts and is a state-approved grade. The certification is called Meisterbrief. The qualification includes theoretical and practical training in the craft as well as business and legal training. Additionally, it implies the qualification to train apprentices. These qualifications prepare the Meister for running their own business or alternatively for higher positions at a company. The status of master craftsmen is regulated in the German Gesetz zur Ordnung des Handwerks (Crafts and Trades Regulation Code).

Guilds have been abolished in Germany, but the ranks of apprentice (Lehrling), journeyman (Geselle) and master craftsman have been retained even through modern times. For safety-relevant crafts, e.g., electricians and chimney sweeps, any business in the trade has to be run by a master craftsman or has to employ at least one Meister.

Journeymen and master craftsmen are by law automatically members of their regional chamber of crafts (Handwerkskammer), which is a self-governing public body. The chamber organizes vocational training and oversees the examination of the journeymen and masters.

To become a master craftsman, it is usually required to have completed vocational training in the craft in which the examination should be taken, which finishes with a final examination called Gesellenprüfung (journeyman's examination). If these requirements are fulfilled, the candidate can take courses for the Meisterprüfung (master craftman's examination). The duration of the courses takes 1 to 4 years depending on the craft and on the Course. The examination includes theoretical, practical and oral parts and takes 5 to 7 days (depending on the craft). In some crafts, the creation of a masterpiece is also part of the examination.

The German Meister qualifies the holder to study for a bachelor's degree at university, whether the Meister holds a regular university entrance qualification or not.[4] According to the German Qualifications Framework, the Meisterbrief is at the same level as a bachelor's degree, even though it is not an academic degree and thus not directly comparable.[5]

United Kingdom

This tradition originates in Medieval Europe. The earliest guilds were "frith" or "peace" guilds - groups bonded together for mutual protection following the breakdown of the kins, which were groups related by blood ties.

Merchant guilds – associations of international trades – were powerful in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, but lost their ascendancy with the rise of the craft guilds – associations of master craftsmen, journeymen, apprentices and the various trades connected with a particular craft.

The College of Arms in London awarded a coat of arms of The Guild of Master Craftsmen in 1992, after four years of assessment. Designed by heraldic expert Peter Greenhill to reflect the many categories of guild membership, it features: three escutcheons (shields) to represent artists, painters and stainers; a pair of compasses opened in chevron for building, construction and carpenters; a dovetail (separating the top third of the shield from the rest) to represent cabinetmaking, woodworking and joinery; and a gavel and chisel for masons and stoneworkers. The southern keep of Lewes Castle, which overlooks the guild’s headquarters, is featured above the helmet as the crest.

Today - In the United States

Pre-Apprentice (often in High Schools and ROPs, Apprentice (Indentured and registered with a State or Federal governmental Institution, and Journeyman - a fully qualified craftsman. There is no "Master qualification, per se. The definition of MasterApprentice is merely to indicate that an apprentice has reached a higher level of competency than other trainees or apprentices. Here are some VIDEOS for you to look at:

“Master”-Apprentice Competition (Western States): https://youtu.be/W6FLdnXxIDA“Master”-Apprentice Competition (Eastern Region): https://youtu.be/t6B6Q1MJGrA“Master”-Apprentice Competition (Arizona): https://youtu.be/o5Dr8xccyPA
German Example of Energy Efficiency: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtDbfV5dsNs Science of Insulation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4R64FhGeis“Become an Insulation Mechanic”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfP49h5IK1w
Why become an Insulator?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzCadohYKXk Insulation Apprenticeship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8ig8DV4I3g Insulation Mechanics on the Job: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw1W6RWIf-4
The Insulation Industry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKg-XvnXCjo Energy Savers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11YCbInvNU“Rewarding Career as an Insulation Mechanic”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSHR9-8U7FA
The Benefits of being a UNION INSULATOR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5xO5-8o5FQ Some who Love being Insulators: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCAjFCNFoOA
Fire Stopping is TO INSULATE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np1p_J9-8Nk German Industrial Insulators: https://youtu.be/FZgC2LX8pnM?t=1 A Contractor’s Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzt6h3_snR8
Hungarian Immigrant Apprentice in Germany: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTeIwmk8A4M Heat, Frost and Sound Insulation in Germany: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5swEB6B1QI

Most recent photos of retiree events:

***Photos of the August 6th, 2021 Meeting at the Union Hall ***
2019 Retirees Christmas Luncheon Pictures:
Photos by Hans Siebert

Photos of the 2019 Roger Hamilton Golf Tournament to benefit Mesothelioma Research

Video of Local 16's Picnic 2019


Retirees Luncheon at the Union Hall in June 2019

Photos from the 2019 Lunch in Rio Vista



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(The following photos were taken by various members of the retirees club or the Union.)


February 5, 2020 Retiree Field Trip to the Hornet


2018 Local 16 Picnic - Folsom Lake.

2017 Local 16 Picnic

Also, check out these sites for pictures:

HsLordships May 5, 2017

Pictures ofRetiree's Christmas Luncheon at Zio Fraedo's December 2, 2016

Pix of Local 16 Potluck of December 2015



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Rio Vista: Club Birthday Pics March 2015


Pictures of Local 16 Lunch for Retirees on June 20th 2014

(Meeting Dates and Notices) More Photo Galleries Useful Links

Video Page Bob Mingram's Effort (this is a pdf file)

17th B-day Pics Local 16 Lunch PicturesLocal 16 and ATPA Lunch Pictures on June 15, 2012

Christmas Lunch at Zio Fraedos 2012 Christmas Lunch at Zio Fraedos 2013


Candid Photos from May 2014 at Hs Lordships




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