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Why Being in an Asbestos Union in Ontario is a Safe Career Choice


Why Being in an Asbestos Union in Ontario is a Safe Career Choice

If you’re looking to get into the trades in Ontario, chances are that you may shy away from any career that has to do with hazardous materials removal. However, if you are looking for a rewarding and challenging career where you can learn to handle hazard waste materials, like asbestos, then keep reading. We’ll touch base on how training that will keep you safe on the job site and benefits that will keep you “safe” when you’re an asbestos union member in Ontario.

If you’ve viewed OntarioPainters on YouTube, then you may have run across an interview with one of our hazardous materials workers, Max Mendoza. Prior to becoming a member of IUPAT, Max worked in the restaurant field. When approached by his brother to join a union, he decided upon asbestos removal. In his own words, he mentions that, “a lot of people are not very well educated on asbestos” which tends to scare people away. However, he goes onto state that his training was “very direct and to the point,” helping him to obtain a full understanding of what it would be like to work with asbestos, including the necessary safety precautions to contain the air around him during the removal process. So, if you’re interested in working in older buildings, like universities and the like, then this might be a good career choice for you. To watch Mendoza’s full interview, follow this link.

As a member of the IUPAT union, hazardous materials workers will enjoy the many benefits that come with the job, including health care for them and their families, a pension plan, and a very good paycheck during and after training while employed. Additionally, the IUPAT negotiates collective bargaining agreements and stands up for your rights throughout Toronto and Ontario.

We’d love to answer your questions about joining our asbestos union here in Ontario. Call 1-800-668-1823 today!

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