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.
A strong team of allies can be a powerful entity. Unions of like-minded, goal-driven people can work to bring about positive change and support influential decisions by the government. The rights, wages, benefits and safety standards of present-day working environments have nearly all arisen from the minds and voices of groups of people working together to improve their standard of living. These strong and principled unions live on in today’s working world to ensure the workers’ voice remains consolidated and respected.
The Ontario Council of Painters (OCP) of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) was chartered in March of 1971 and has spent the four decades since its inception in a committed effort of assisting women in construction throughout Ontario. IUPAT strives to provide every woman with the opportunities they require to excel in the workplace, offering guidance in education, job placement and the networking support necessary for helping individuals succeed despite an often uneven hiring market.
The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 46 has represented workers in their Union for decades and for the past few years have continued to participate as active members of the community through various outreach programs.
As we enter the second half of 2009 there are numerous issues that affect the IUPAT membership in Ontario, Canada.
Training programs that are specific to industrial Ontario IUPAT members that are employed will be accepted. The local Union Representative may approve the specific Health & Safety training in the area.
On September 1, 2008, new regulations under Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Act went into effect regarding the employer’s obligation to offer to re-employ workers following a workplace injury in the construction sector. Note that the new regulations apply only to workplace injuries that occur after September 1, 2008. Workplace injuries that occurred prior to September 1, 2008 are still subject to the previous return-to-work regulations.
What is the “Raiding Period”?
Once every three years, the labour law in Ontario allows for a three month “Raiding Period.” Basically, during this three month Raiding Period, representatives of some unions attempt to increase their membership by “raiding” the members of other unions.