My Dear Sisters and Brothers:
Another year has gone by.
Looking back, it was a good year. Working hours are up. However, because of high interest rates and inflation, there is a slowing in sales in the residential sector, which could trigger a slowing in construction in the next year.
On a positive note, District Council 46 continues to grow. A new local, Local 2023—Automatic Door Technicians, has been formed. I attended one of their monthly meetings and it was a pleasure to see the members’ enthusiasm.
I am also happy to report that our representatives, Tom Gibbs and Walter Qualizza, are working hard to organize residential spray foam insulation. So far, they have about 15 companies organized and I am hoping to begin enforcing the agreement next month.
Regarding residential painting in Ottawa, we continue to organize and have reached a tentative agreement for low rise paint. We are now working to reach an agreement for residential high-rise paint in Ottawa.
The above illustrates what an important component organizing is in the representatives’ jobs; organizing allows the union to secure work for our members. It would be valuable if our members, from any trade, come forward and help us in our organizing efforts.
As you might know, Armindo Correia, former elected representative for Local 1891, former Director of Organizing and subsequently Servicing, has taken a position with the International Union as Lead Organizer for Canada. I take this opportunity to thank Armindo for his many years of dedicated service to DC 46 and hope he will enjoy his new position and help us grow throughout our country. Congratulations!
At the same time, I welcome our new elected representative for Local 1891 as well as the new Director of Servicing, Walter Qualizza.
One of the advantages of union membership is access to Health and Welfare Benefits. For information about recent improvements, please visit the Benefit Plan Administrators (BPA) website.
Once again, we held our picnic at Father Kamber Park on September 9, 2023. It was a wonderful day with lots of camaraderie, games and good food (especially ice cream). We hope to do it again next year.
On October 29, 2023, a breakfast was held for all recent graduates who successfully passed the provincial test and received their qualification card. This included glaziers, painters and drywall finishers. We were honoured to be joined for the ceremony by the Honourable David Piccini, Minister of Labour. Once again, congratulations to you all.
Unfortunately, as it becomes colder and people move to indoor activities, COVID 19 is starting to spike again. Please protect yourselves, your families and coworkers.
In closing, as we approach the holiday season, may you and your loved ones be blessed with peace, health and happiness.
Merry Christmas and may God bless you all.
Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 46 (District Council 46)