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Union Resource Pages

Welcome to our Union Resource Information pages. Here you will learn more about what it takes to become an apprentice or journey person in a specific skilled trade as well as read more in depth on IUPAT Ontario Union news and issues. We hope you find what you see helpful and encouraging as you share your Union career with others.

11
Jan
2014

Union Safety and Training Awards Announced

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.

05
Nov
2013

How to Join a Toronto Construction Union

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.

14
Jul
2013

Let Us Answer Your Question: Why Join a Union?

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.

14
Jun
2013

What Does a Residential Painter Do?

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.

10
Jun
2013

What is a Trade Union & What Do They Do?

We’re glad that you’re interested in learning more about a trade union and hope this brief article will help answer your questions.

27
Mar
2013

IUPAT’s Business Manager Speaks to Canadian Prime Minister at Training Centre Visit

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.

08
Mar
2013

There’s a Place for Women Painters in the Skilled Trades

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.

05
Mar
2013

Earn Greater Pay and Better Benefits with this Toronto Painters Union

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.

05
Mar
2013

Get Your Skilled Trades Career Started with a Drywall Finishers Apprenticeship

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.

05
Mar
2013

Union Jobs Offer Higher Wages for Skilled Workers than Non-Union Counterparts

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.