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 benefits for people who are members of the IUPAT union, is being able to elect fellow members to fill governing seats. In May 2016, you will have the opportunity to nominate and elect five (5) District Council 46 business representatives, as well as members for your local union delegates. The office of Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer is also open for nominations. Every IUPAT member is welcome and encouraged to add his or her voice to this important and essential selection process.
Asbestos was once used as a standard part of the construction industry. Now, we know that any exposure to asbestos can lead to serious health issues, including asthma, allergies and cancer. Although asbestos is no longer a product that is utilized in new buildings, asbestos removal is still greatly needed in Ontario. That’s because there are still thousands of properties, from residences to commercial zones, where asbestos is a problem.
Have you ever wondered what the benefits are to becoming part of the Toronto and Ontario painters union, rather than going a non-unionized route? You definitely are not alone! Many people are confused when it comes to the advantages of joining the IUPAT. That’s why we’ve outlined the following pros to being union painters.
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.