Building Trades, Features, Health and Safety, New York

PB Ventilating Says “I’m in!”

August 12, 2020

By Ben Kimmel

New York, NY – As we look to navigate through the post-Covid market, some employers are taking notice of changes that need to happen to improve their workforce. As a result of the financial setbacks, layoffs racial tensions, and protests, the call for unity in the workplace cannot go unaddressed.

Local 28 member, President and Owner of PB Ventilating, Paul Berti pledges, “I’m in!” to celebrate diversity and inclusion. “All mechanics and apprentices the union has sent to me have been from all walks of life,” says Berti.

Mentioning his essential workers, Berti added, “Since the pandemic, PB Ventilating has taken additional steps to keep things sanitized and keep our employees comfortable, knowing that if they are sick then they will be taken care of, and most importantly, if they are feeling sick, don’t be a hero. Stay home.”

There is no room to deny the importance of inclusion and diversity in the workplace, which means all employees are treated fairly and equally. This means educating staff and supervisors to create a sense of cultural competence and embrace the authenticity of each worker and their background. Recognizing this, Paul Berti also understands the repercussions of nepotism and racism. “We welcome anyone who is skilled and reliable,” says Berti.

Meanwhile, as we approach the final quarter of 2020, there is no question that this has been a year of tragedy and loss. Unfortunately, there has yet to be any clarity given as per what the “New Normal” will be.

As it stands now, business is still slow but with hopes for a good vaccine and a better future, and with the generational turnover, immigration, and the widespread map of cultural differences, the time to incorporate a cohesive and collaborative plan is now. 

By definition, unity is the state of being one. Therefore, there is no room for separation in unity the same as there is no place for separation amongst our unions. Hence, this is why unity works because united we stand and divided we fall. This is also why employers like Paul Berti make the pledge to say, “I’m in!”

Ben Kimmel is a proud member of IUOE Local 94, as well as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Certified Recovery Coach, Certified Professional Life Coach and Peer & Wellness Advocate. Ben can be reached at

August 12, 2020

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