Dear Sisters and Brothers:
Welcome to 2018! To help us get this year started on the right foot, I’d like to reflect on 2017—celebrate our accomplishments, recognize some of our stand-out members, and remember those who have left us.
While 2017 was rough for some, it brought IUPAT quite a few successes. There has been a sizeable increase in work hours, especially in commercial painting. We’re also well on our way to completely paying off the mortgage on our new 132 Toro Road headquarters, and expect to see it fully paid off this year. Our pension funds have been another success this past year, continuing to grow to provide for our current and future retirees.
This year, we saw the return of the DC 46 summer picnic, and it was met with great enthusiasm. Members and their families enjoyed the entertainment, and as for the food—we are working to ensure that food for the next picnic will be much better. Remember to save the date for the next picnic: July 8, 2018.
Meanwhile, Local 1904 (Sudbury/Timmins/Sault Ste. Marie) held a bowling party for members and their families. The event was a success, and proved a great way to socialize with friends and family while blowing off some steam. I encourage other locals to also arrange social events for their members and their families.
We were saddened with the loss of Sandro Fragale, representative for Local 1671 (Thunder Bay) who passed away in May, 2017. A bowling event, held in his honour, was well received by Thunder Bay members and their families. I look forward to seeing the event held in his name on an annual basis to make sure his contributions to IUPAT aren’t forgotten. I would also like to wish every success to Andre Pellerin, who will continue Sandro’s legacy. Sandro left some pretty big shoes to fill, but I’m confident Andre is up to the challenge.
I would also like to acknowledge some changes in our staff. Jim Micks, long time representative for Local 1904, retired April 1, 2017. I wish him a long and happy retirement. I also wish every success to Simon Hazelwood, who has taken a position with IUPAT International.
We would also like to welcome DC 46’s new representatives: Jeff Blyth (Local 1891), Enzo Dipiazza (Local 1824) and Ron Kirby (Local 1819). DC 46 has grown in number in 2017, and is now the third largest district council in the IUPAT. At a minimum, I wish to continue to hold this position, but I’m confident that we can do even better and get within striking distance of second-largest this year. We are currently looking for tradespersons in all IUPAT jurisdictions.
In 2018, I will try to attend as many monthly meetings at different locals as I can. However, if you have any questions or concerns, please call me or one of your local representatives. We are all here to help you.
I wish all of our members and their families a happy, healthy Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year. God bless you and keep you safe.
Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 46 (District Council 46)