Joined by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Representative Dina Titus, a distinguished panel of local business and labor leaders discussed the need for Building STAR energy efficiency retrofit legislation this past Thursday, July 8th, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The event included a tour of the Joint Sheet Metal and Air-Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA)/Sheet Metal Workers Local #88 Training Facility, which teaches apprentices to conduct complex, high-quality sheet metal work used in heating, cooling, and ventilation systems. During the tour, apprentices demonstrated many aspects of their work for the Senator and Congresswoman, including welding, duct testing, computer drafting and design, electrical system maintenance, and work safety. The Senator and Congresswoman talked to the apprentices about the challenges of their training and profession given Nevada’s high unemployment rate which recently surpassed Michigan to become the state with the highest unemployment rate in the country.
The event concluded with a lively roundtable discussion where Danny Thompson (Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Nevada AFL-CIO), Bob Roach (CEO, Southern Nevada SMACNA), Marc Norberg (Assistant to the General President, Sheet Metal Workers International Association), Jon Yunker (President, Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local #135), Rick Johnson (President, Southern Nevada Building Trades), Richard Carrillo (Director, United Association of Plumbing, Pipefitting, and Service Technicians Local #525), and twenty others spoke at length about the need for legislation to spur job growth and decrease energy use in Nevada and the United States.
Senator Reid and Congresswoman Titus were energetic and hopeful that progress will be made towards passing Building STAR in the final legislative session before the House and Senate adjourn for the summer.
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