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.
Are you interested in becoming more involved in the Union’s political activism? Lately, you may have seen more posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages in regards to campaigning events and political rallies where we have been able to show Union support as well as voice our opinions and issues to stop anti-union politicians from getting re-elected.
Have you ever perused the internet to learn more about a union, frustrated to find out that you can’t find what you’re looking for? Not true with Ontario’s International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. A few years ago, we saw the developing need to keep in touch with potential new members and our current members online. Being on social platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube gives us a way to communicate with our members, potential union members, businesses and so much more in way that we never thought was possible.
Have you ever found yourself looking for a quality commercial painter in Ontario? If you’re a contractor and need a job done well and right the first time, then you should contact the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.
The beginning of the year typically lends itself to newness. Some may be thinking about how to earn more money; some may think about losing weight while others may consider whether it’s time for a new career. If the latter one applies to you, why not consider a rewarding career in the trades?
If you like working with your hands and feel you have a knack for using your creative abilities in industries like construction, then it’s time to learn more about apprenticeship programs.
If you have been following our Facebook page, you may have seen one of our latest videos from The Russo Report where our Business Manager, Joe Russo, discussed upcoming construction job opportunities for 2014. If you missed it, we thought we’d offer a quick recap with assurances that job prospects in the Toronto job market are looking up.
Union safety and training is very important to all of us here at the IUPAT. We work hard to ensure that our members remain up-to-date on the most recent changes in safety procedures and require mandatory safety classes as part of our trade members’ continuing education program.
IFSTC will be hosting another ESL evening class to our union members starting January 27, 2014.
This program is specifically designed for those who do not have a basic understanding of the English language and will benefit the learner as the program delivery will include grammar exercises and word attack skills using Drywall Industry, WHMIS and Fall Protection related content.
With all the talk lately on our website about how to join a Union, we thought we should take a quick moment to talk about how to get an apprenticeship in Ontario. The IUPAT focuses on the construction trades including residential and industrial painters, drywall finishers, glaziers, EIFS mechanics and stucco workers, asbestos removers and sign writers. All of these are in- demand fields.
For many years now, IUPAT members have been asking for a “drug prescription card,” so that pharmacies could be paid directly for prescription drugs. Effective for all drug purchases commencing September 3, 2013, all IUPAT Ontario members in good standing will be issued a drug prescription card. With the card, the Trust Fund will apply generic pricing which means that your coverage will be limited to the generic equivalent included on a covered drug list, referred to as the Manulife Managed Formulary (MMF).