Dear Sisters and Brothers:
Welcome to 2016, a year that we hope brings you joy, prosperity and good health. 2016 has been a year of positive changes and forward momentum for the IUPAT. At this time, I wish to announce another change, specifically my taking on the role of Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer.
When Greg Smith announced he would be stepping down from this position, we were all surprised and saddened. However, his motivation to spend more time with his family and contribute to the IUPAT in other capacities are admirable.
At a special called meeting on August 24, 2016, the Council Delegates met and elected me as the new Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer. I am honoured to take on this role, and want to assure you that I will do my best to serve your needs.
For those of you who don’t know me, I have been a Union Representative for Local 1891 for the better part of two decades. Before that time, I worked as a drywall finisher for about 14 years. Within the Union, I am a Trustee on the Health and Welfare, Pension and Vacation Pay Funds. Most recently, I was Political Action Director for DC 46.
Giving back has always been important to me; I became involved in the IUPAT “Member to Remember” initiative during which members worked on various community projects including Habitat for Humanity, Vaughan Hospice and Portuguese Luso Centre.
I have appointed Armindo Correia and Simon Hazelwood as Assistant Business Managers. Correia is the elected Business Representative for Local Union 1891, and Hazelwood is a Union Representative for Local Union 1824. Together, we are working to make this transition as seamless as possible.
In looking ahead to the future of the IUPAT, I see many opportunities to position our Union to grow and succeed. When I worked as a tradesman, I joined the IUPAT because I wanted a good wage, benefits and pension. These are still very important to me, and I believe they are important for all our members and their families. I am ready to work hard to preserve and strengthen these basic needs.
Please join me and become more involved in our Union. I hope to see you at our monthly meetings. I encourage more members to run for elected positions.
I am committed to being a supportive voice for everyone at the IUPAT. I am available to listen to your concerns and your suggestions to improve our services. Together, we can bring about positive changes and opportunities for everyone.
Thank you for your continued support.
Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 46 (District Council 46)