Welcome to our blog for IUPAT Ontario. We are 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 about topics that are of interest to you.

June 12, 2013

Union Negotiations Come to a Close for IUPAT

Union negotiations for the IUPAT have come to a close, bringing in a better wage package for Union members as well as better working conditions. A focus has been placed on education classes as the forecast for skilled trades job continues to trend upward bringing hope to those who have been waiting in the wings. Should you have specific questions in regards to your trade, please contact your Union representative.

June 10, 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.

May 31, 2013

District Council 46 Scholarship Award

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

Once again, District Council 46 is presenting two scholarships to be made available to the children and grandchildren of our membership. I have been an advocate of education, whether it is within our working family by way of apprenticeship or skills upgrading, or externally by post-secondary institutions. Training and education is provided to our membership through our training facilities which is financially assisted by government and negotiated collective agreements. Extending financial opportunities to our members’ families with the availability of a scholarship award will assist our members at a time of rising costs to post-secondary education.

May 02, 2013

Ratification Vote for New Glaziers Collective Agreement


May 02, 2013

Free English Speaking Classes

Special Class for IUPAT Members Looking to Improve their English Speaking Skills?

Are you looking to improve your English speaking skills? Many IUPAT members have been asking if the Union would help them by providing a course for improving their English speaking skills. The Union has responded to your requests. The first ESL (English as a Second Language course) is now being offered by the Union to all IUPAT members who are in good standing.

March 27, 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.

March 18, 2013

Take Time to Explore the IUPAT Website

As Union members, are you aware of all the resources you have available at your fingertips? Right now, we’re very excited that you have found our blog and will hopefully subscribe to it so you can see our updates as they are made. Make sure to take the time to explore the rest of our website. Not only do we post information for those who may be interested in the trades who aren’t currently members, we also post information that is vital to your success as well.

March 08, 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.

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