Welcome to our blog for IUPAT Ontario. We’re excited to share up-to-date information regarding various opportunities, events, and news that are currently taking place in the skilled trades industry. We welcome your feedback and topics that are of interest to you.
One of the most rewarding aspects of holding union jobs in Toronto is the opportunity to give back to the communities that are served. Although every union worker keeps this first and foremost in his or her mind on a daily basis, there are occasions in the year when it’s possible to take this commitment to neighbors and friends further. One such opportunity is the upcoming IUPAT Community Day of Action on April 16, 2016.
Most people who are not working in a trade industry never have the opportunity to learn all the ins and outs about commercial painters working in Toronto. However, this type of career is a very intriguing one. Below are some of the facts associated with commercial painting that might just surprise you!
Every interior designer who is assigned to create a certain atmosphere in a residential or commercial space has a vision for the end result. That vision may end up in a contemporary, classic, traditional, modern, eclectic, vintage-style or retro atmosphere. Throughout the process of bringing the end result into fruition, many players will be tasked with helping, including Toronto painters.
Safety is one of the first and foremost issues addressed during all commercial painting training and apprenticeship experiences. That’s why commercial painters who are part of Toronto, Ontario’s IUPAT are known for being prepared. Without safety know-how and measures in place, it would not be possible for commercial painters to fulfill their mission to transform spaces on behalf of clients.
If you are new to union jobs in the Toronto area, you may not have heard about the annual Raiding Period. Once every 3 years, the Labour Law in Ontario allows for a two-month “raiding period.” This period extends from March 1, 2016 to April 30, 2016, and during this time, other trade unions are legally allowed to try to increase their membership by “raiding” members from other unions instead of trying to organize the unorganized.
Have you ever walked into a room and realized that the walls looked uneven beneath the coat of paint? Did you realize that the drywall was showing through? This is a sign of a very poor drywall finishing job, and that’s not indicative of drywall finishing that’s been done correctly by a trained professional. Though many websites will tell you that drywall finishing is something that can be easily done by the DIYer over a weekend, it takes more than watching a few videos to perfect the technique. In fact, it takes the proper type of classroom and hands-on knowledge to be able to finish drywall so beautifully that it never shows through paint, wallpaper or any other wall covering.
Whether you’ve just joined the IUPAT because you’re new to union jobs, or you’ve been a member of our union in Toronto and Ontario for numerous years, you know that we are devoted to progress in all its forms. As of January 13, 2016, Greg Smith has been appointed interim Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 46.
If you’ve been watching job boards closely, you’ll notice that there are always opportunities for union jobs in Toronto and Ontario. However, if you’re not part of the union, you may wonder how you can take advantage of these often-lucrative assignments. To help you understand the path to qualifying for union jobs, we’ve put together this quick guide.
There is plenty of reason for commercial painters in Toronto and Ontario to look forward to 2016, partially because of the positive economic indicators that forecasters are seeing. Spending has been on an uptick swing, which means more construction is likely to occur throughout the coming months. All that construction translates to one big, exciting reality for union members in the painting trade: the steady need for professionally trained commercial painters.
The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) has gone through some exciting changes that are positively affecting painters union members and their families. Namely, the addition of our comprehensive – and growing! – Wellness Centre has changed the way our members feel about being able to conveniently and affordably care for themselves and their loved ones. The goal? To keep every IUPAT member healthy in 2016 and beyond.