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 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.
The upcoming 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are approaching and bringing with them plenty of construction opportunities in the Greater Toronto Area. Currently slated for construction are new sporting venues and add-ons to existing facilities that athletes, coaches, trainers and spectators from around the world will utilize for a variety of athletic events.
Have you been following the progress of the new building for IUPAT Ontario? Construction of the new headquarters, located next to our current location at 130 Toro Road, began in July 2013 and has been coming along nicely, despite delays Winter weather has caused. Currently, we are painting the interior and doing other final finishing. We’re excited to announce that our new facility should be open in late Summer 2014.
As a high school student, you are faced with many life decisions. One of the most important ones you’ll ever make surrounds your future. This means that you’re going to need to consider what your career options could be. Some of you may choose to become an educator, an accountant, an engineer, any other field/industry that will require you to go to a four-year University. While that’s a great option for some, it isn’t so much for others. Many may also dread the thought of being “stuck behind a desk” for more education at a University; even the thought of being behind a desk as a career choice is unappealing. The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades has an alternative for you. It’s called trade school and it is hands on from Day 1.
Once again we are under attack by the right wing extremists who want to gut our ability to earn a decent wage, provide health and welfare benefits to our families and build up a modest pension that will provide for us during retirement. Let me be clear, we have some friends in the Progressive Conservative Party and many of our members vote for these upstanding Politicians. In fact, some of Ontario’s best labour laws were adopted by the Bill Davis government who realized that strong unions meant a strong Ontario. However, today’s PC’s in Ontario have been influenced by extremists much the same way as the Republican Party in the United States have been mislead by the infamous Tea Party.
Organized By: IUPAT, DC46 Place: Coronation Park (Lakeshore and Bathurst St) Date: 05/31/2014 01:00 Are you interested in playing on our team? Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Coronation Park on Lakeshore west of Bathurst Street. Call Ray at 416-986-9373 to Register. Come join the fun!!
We’ve got a very important and timely message about workers’ rights and how they are currently being threatened. And, we’re prepared to stop the threat. Here’s how you can help…make your vote count!
As we write this blog post, it’s International Women’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate diversity, strong will and perseverance of women through tough times all over the world. Here at the IUPAT, we send out a special salute to all of the women who belong to the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. We’re proud to call you Union members and are pleased with the new and creative ideas that you bring to the world of the trades, once strongly considered only a man’s world.
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.