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.
According to several sources, the unemployment rate in Ontario has remained unchanged the last few months. It’s also been pointed out by the Sun News Network that in Ontario, college graduates are not getting the return on their post-secondary education that they thought they would receive once they completed their degree. What disturbs us most about this is that there are jobs out there where one isn’t confined behind a desk or computer, but using their hands, creative skills and talents. We’re, of course, talking about the trades and why one can find quality union work in Toronto, regardless of the degree they have obtained.
A Message to Construction Workers from the Toronto & York Region Labour Council (labourcouncil.ca)
Do you want a low-wage future for construction?
CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IN GREATER TORONTO TODAY EARN DECENT WAGES AND BENEFITS. It took a lot of effort by previous generations to raise those standards, although some people think it happens naturally because we are highly skilled and work hard. But the reality is that in many other parts of North America, people are paid far less for the same skills. The main reason we get good wages is because the construction industry in Toronto is highly unionized.
The IUPAT, in conjunction with the Heart Stroke Foundation, invites you to participate in a 15 km Memorial Bike Ride for Dermot Lynch on Saturday, August 24, 2013. If you weren’t able to meet Dermot, he was a longtime Glaziers Representative for Local 1819. He was a stand-out guy to many of us and unfortunately, passed away last year.
Show your Union pride and bring the whole family!
Join us on Monday, September 2, 2013 to march in the Labour Day Parade.
Join MP Malcolm Allen (Welland) to discuss the recent changes to Employment Insurance and how they will affect you!
On Saturday, August 24, 2013,please join us in celebrating a scenic, memorial bike ride in honour of Dermot Lynch on the picturesque trails of The Blue Mountains.
Beginning in the charming, quaint town of Thornbury, the bike ride will travel for approximately 15 km past the Beaver River, through the town of Clarksburg and up Grey Road 40,where a midway point will be positioned to remember our lost but never forgotten Dermot Lynch.
Unions are strong in Ontario. The members band together, work hard and protect the jobs they have while receiving excellent benefits and great options for retirement. If you love what you’re doing now, you may wonder, “I’m good now. Why join a union?” There are many reasons to join a union and if you keep reading, you’ll learn why.
The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades is eager to help you learn more about our Union and what we do for our skilled trades members. We publish content on our website that speaks directly about each of the trades that IUPAT advocates for as well as information on how you can become a Union member.
If you’re trying to discover your career path, you really should consider joining a trade union in Ontario. While we won’t spending time here defining what a trade union is, we will tell you that Unions have been around for a very long time. We pride ourselves in protecting those who want to have a lasting and satisfying career doing what they love.