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.
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.
If you’ve ever considered changing the colour of paint on the interior or exterior of your home, you may have considered using a residential painter. Also known as a house painter, you might be surprised what a residential painter does.
Union negotiations for the IUPAT have come to a close, bringing in a better wage package for Union members as well as better working conditions. A focus has been placed on education classes as the forecast for skilled trades job continues to trend upward bringing hope to those who have been waiting in the wings. Should you have specific questions in regards to your trade, please contact your Union representative.
We’re glad that you’re interested in learning more about a trade union and hope this brief article will help answer your questions.
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
Once again, District Council 46 is presenting two scholarships to be made available to the children and grandchildren of our membership. I have been an advocate of education, whether it is within our working family by way of apprenticeship or skills upgrading, or externally by post-secondary institutions. Training and education is provided to our membership through our training facilities which is financially assisted by government and negotiated collective agreements. Extending financial opportunities to our members’ families with the availability of a scholarship award will assist our members at a time of rising costs to post-secondary education.
NOTICE OF IMPORTANT MEETING FOR ALL GLAZIER/METAL MECHANIC MEMBERS FOR ALL ONTARIO LOCALS
Special Class for IUPAT Members Looking to Improve their English Speaking Skills?
Are you looking to improve your English speaking skills? Many IUPAT members have been asking if the Union would help them by providing a course for improving their English speaking skills. The Union has responded to your requests. The first ESL (English as a Second Language course) is now being offered by the Union to all IUPAT members who are in good standing.
IUPAT’s Business Manager, Joe Russo, had an opportunity to speak candidly with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper during a recent visit to one of IUPAT’s drywall training centres. During the visit, Mr. Russo was able to discuss with Mr. Harper why the skilled trades should be promoted as a first-choice option for high school students as well as the importance of involving women in the trades.