News from The Port: Labor Leader Joins The Port’s Board of Directors

For Immediate Release:
FEBRUARY 15, 2024

Heat and Frost Insulators union member becomes Port’s 10th board member

Cincinnati, OH, February 15, 2024 – The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority (The Port) announced today its board of directors has a new member.

In January, the Hamilton County Commissioners appointed Terry Burke, Business Manager at Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Labor Union #8, to a seat on The Port’s board. A unanimous vote appointed Burke to a four-year term.

Burke has been with the insulator’s union since August 1992. In his role as Business Manager, Burke is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the tri-state union, as well as representing the interests of the union's members in negotiations with employers. Burke administers the union's health and welfare, pension, and apprenticeship programs.

“I look forward to helping out the community while bringing labor perspectives to the work The Port does in Greater Cincinnati every day,” said Burke.

In addition to his work with the union, Burke is also active in the broader labor movement. He is currently the president of the Greater Cincinnati Building Trades, a coalition of unions representing workers in the construction industry. He serves as chairman of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee and volunteers in regional labor and community-based roles, including financial secretary of the Breath of Life Foundation.

“We value the perspective and experience Mr. Burke will add to the work we are doing in neighborhoods throughout Hamilton County,” said Laura Brunner, President and CEO of The Port. “I know his history and relationships within the trades industry will equip us with the knowledge necessary to deliver our mission of making real estate work for everyone,” Brunner continued.

Burke replaces Rick Fischer, Business Manager / Financial Secretary for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local Union 212 in Cincinnati, whose four-year term recently expired.

The Port is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors appointed in equal numbers by the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Appointees represent a broad mix of business expertise and civic leadership.


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