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.
Delegates from various locals throughout the IUPAT Ontario will attend the 31st Annual IUPAT General Convention in Florida from August 11 – 15, 2014.
If you are a new union member, or even a current union member, you may have questions about how the IUPAT administers its benefits. We receive many questions about benefits from those just starting an apprenticeship to those who have been longtime union members.
Are you aware of the importance the Glaziers have in the Toronto construction industry? There are several parts to a construction project, from site prep and pouring foundations to framing, hanging drywall, painting, brick laying, flooring and so many other finishing touches that give a building character and personality. Have you ever wondered who puts in the many glass windows on those high-rises, adds the beautiful stained glass features or the stunning mirrors that appear like art work in some of the most luxurious hotels, conferencing centres and corporate facilities? It’s a Glazier. Hard-working Toronto Glaziers who have the skills to make those buildings what they are today.
If you’ve ever been in a building or home and noticed the beautiful glass work, mirrors, stained glass and framing, then you’ve noticed the work of a glazier. In Toronto, and throughout Ontario, new commercial and residential buildings, homes and condos, are going up changing the skyline. This gives glaziers throughout our province an opportunity to leave their mark and beautiful handy-work behind.
The IUPAT in Ontario has been very busy these past few months! We’re very excited about our new building headquarters and each day, we are coming closer to the opening, which is slated for late summer 2014. Additionally, we’ve been working tirelessly to stay on top of the changes in the political arena and efforts to keep Tim Hudak from taking office.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As you are no doubt aware, there is a provincial election scheduled for June 12,2014.
I know that our members often get frustrated by the number of elections we have had in Ontario over the past few years. However, this June, organized labour is going to stand up and ensure that we have the people in government who will best look after the rights of working people like our members.
Now is the time of year that people may start to consider a career change. Why is that? It’s Spring, the weather is warmer and it’s typically the season that people are re-energized and looking for new opportunities. If you’re tired of sitting behind a desk or working a boring, dead-end job and are ready to start using your hands, then we have an opportunity for you as a taper for the IUPAT!
We can NOT trust Tim Hudak. Although he has changed his message, the Conservative leader still plans to weaken your union and every other union in Ontario.
HUDAK`S EXTREME POLICIES WOULD:
** Weaken union bargaining power in negotiations with employers
** Undermine wages, benefits and pensions of both union and non-union workers
** Reduce workplace safety and union representation
** Cut good jobs for the next generation
** Weaken defense of public services, human rights and the environment
Are you looking for a new career field where you can use your hands and really get into your work? The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades in Ontario encourages you to consider a rewarding career in the drywall finishing trade. Also known as a taper, drywall finishers “finish” drywall by smoothing the creases where drywall boards meet by applying compound and drywall tape to ensure a smooth and consistent surface on walls and ceilings.
How informed are you on the agenda of Tim Hudak and his anti-union policies? Unions in Ontario need your help to keep him from taking office as Premier. Unions across Ontario are being threatened because of Hudak’s stance on several issues that will have a negative effect on Canadian working families.