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.
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:
I was doing some research on arbitration and found some interesting history that I thought I would share with you. Did you know that arbitration dates back as far as King Solomon who used it during the Greco-Roman period? Also, there is evidence that it was used in the United States beginning with their first President for disputes that happened over his estates. I think it’s very interesting that this process has been used over so many years by so many different groups of people to come to a mutual resolution that is beneficial for both parties involved.
Are you a high school student who is not quite sure what they want to do after high school is over? If you are not a fan of sitting behind a desk all day during college classes or even at a job, we encourage you to consider pursuing a career in a Finishing Trade. To get union jobs, all you need is a high school diploma or GED to get started.
Joseph Russo, an 18 year member of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) in Ontario, was recently elected as the new Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of District Council 46 as well as President of the Ontario Painters Council. In his new role, Mr. Russo will guide the organizations in recruiting of new Union members, creating a strong foundation for solidarity and providing a significant support for political activism for rights of Union members. Russo replaces long time Business Manager Wm. (Bill) Nicholls who resigned from his positions in July 2012.