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.
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).
D.C.46 BM/ST Joe Russo presents a D.C. Scholarship in the amount of $2,000.00 to Brandon Marshall. Brandon, who is studying science at Trent University in Peterborough, is the son of Local 1891 member George Marshall (pictured next to his son). Ewelina Luczko, the daughter of Local 1891 member Marian Luczko, also received a scholarship. Ewelina is studying environmental engineering at the University of Waterloo.
The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades is a large and strong construction union in Ontario that supports industrial and residential painters, glaziers, drywall finishers, sign writers, asbestos removers and Stucco and EIFS Workers.
On Thursday, August 29th, the Ontario IUPAT gave back to the community by supporting the children living in the Jane-Finch community. Not only were we able to provide necessary school supplies for those in need; we were also able to provide three educational scholarships. This is an annual program that IUPAT participates in each year. […]
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.