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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.


10
Jun
2014

Now is a Great Time to Be a Member of the IUPAT

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.

05
Jun
2014

Provincial Election June 12, 2014

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.

03
Jun
2014

What it’s Like to be a Member of a Tapers Union in Toronto

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!

28
May
2014

Important Message for IUPAT Members

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

27
May
2014

Why Drywall Finishing is a Great Career Choice for 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.

01
May
2014

Unions Need Your Help to Stop Hudak Now

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.

28
Apr
2014

2015 Pan Am Games Bring Construction Opportunities for Union Members in GTA

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.

24
Apr
2014

IUPAT Ontario New Headquarters Slated to Open 2014

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.

12
Apr
2014

Why Trades Training is Better than a Four Year University

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.

31
Mar
2014

The Conservative Attack on Workers

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.