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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.


08
Feb
2016

What You Need to Know as a Union Jobs Member About the Raiding Period

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.

08
Feb
2016

Drywall Finishing – A Job for Professionals With a Passion for Perfection

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.

29
Jan
2016

Great Changes Are Happening at IUPAT for All Those Holding Union Jobs in Toronto and Ontario!

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.

25
Jan
2016

How to Qualify for Union Jobs in Toronto and Ontario

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.

18
Jan
2016

Trends in Construction Affecting Commercial Painters in Toronto

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.

11
Jan
2016

IUPAT Wellness Centre Helps Painters Union Members Stay Healthy

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.

21
Dec
2015

Commercial Painters in Toronto, Ontario – Tips for Staying Safe in Inclement Weather

Commercial painters throughout Toronto and Ontario work during all the seasons of the year. While each season definitely carries its own precautions, none has the potential to be as notoriously brutal as winter. Truly, wintertime in Toronto can make working – especially outside or in areas exposed to some of the elements – a challenge for commercial painting crews. That’s why it’s essential to stay safe by taking wise, pragmatic measures.

14
Dec
2015

Union Members Involved in Drywall Finishing, Painting and More Have a New Service at the Union Health and Dental Centre

To better serve our members, the IUPAT DC 46 unveiled its Union Health and Dental Centre on Toro Road, Toronto, this past year. The goal of the Centre has always been to provide a one-stop healthcare resource location for members of IUPAT involved in trades ranging from painting to drywall finishing, as well as their families. Now, a new service has been unveiled: a state-of-the-art optical center.

07
Dec
2015

IUPAT Union Negotiations Are Coming, and Results Will Affect Toronto and Ontario Painters, Glaziers and Other Union Members

The IUPAT DC 46 union negotiations that will affect union members including Toronto and Ontario painters, glaziers, drywall finishers and other members, will take place in early 2016. Thanks to previous negotiations of this kind, IUPAT members were able to secure and improve their wages and benefits through collective bargaining and agreements, as well as improved working conditions. Consequently, the 2016 union negotiations are being highly anticipated by everyone who is a member of the IUPAT.

16
Nov
2015

Do You Know About the Variety of Union Jobs in Toronto and Ontario?

Have you been thinking about becoming a union worker in the Toronto and Ontario area? You’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of openings on a regular basis! In fact, the variety of union jobs is never ending. This makes it the right career choice for many men and women, including those who are considering changing professions.