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 a woman who is considering a career change or someone who would like to get paid what you are worth for your painting skills? The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades has a place for you.
Are you graduating from high school and considering a career or are just looking for a career change? Consider becoming a tradesman with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). Our labour union has locals in Toronto and several other cities throughout Ontario, making it convenient for you to gather information from a representative who can answer your questions and help you make an informed career choice.
Do you enjoy working with your hands and feel like you could turn what you love to do into a career? One of the many skilled trades that IUPAT supports is that of a Drywall Finisher.
In today’s economy, finding a job that pays well enough to make a sustainable living can be hard. Did you know that over 30% of Canadian workers are part of a union? That’s because they know union jobs offer higher wages and a considerable amount of benefits.
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If you’ve been paying attention to the employment trends, there is always a demand for skilled labour in the workforce. While unemployment remains high, there is a need for more people to get involved in the skilled trades. According to BTY Group’s Market Intelligence Report for 2013, though forecasts for housing construction for 2013 seem to show a declining trend, the commercial sector appears to be stepping it up with continued infrastructure spending, offering more opportunities for jobs in the coming year.
Too often we are asked if women can have a career in the skilled trades. The obvious answer is yes, as IUPAT doesn’t discriminate against anyone joining our Union. Women in the IUPAT participate in many facets of our skilled trades and are very talented at what they do. What trends are showing us that women tend to lean more towards the painting and decorating trades, including drywall taping and finishing. This gives them an opportunity to use their artistic skills in interior decorating. Many women enjoy adding various finishes to walls as throughout various projects, including installing finishing touches around entrances and exits.
The raiding period for 2013 is upon us and we want you to be prepared if you are approached by another Union. Typically, the raiding period doesn’t begin until February 1st, but we know that some Unions will begin this process prior to that date. Visit our page about Union Raiding for more details. In the meantime, here are a few tips to keep in mind: