Apprenticeship

10Oct 2018

National Apprenticeship Week was created by President Barack Obama in 2016 to “support and encourage apprenticeship programs that will help rebuild our middle class” and “rededicate ourselves to educating more of our people, retraining our workforce, and renewing our nation’s promise to put the American dream within the reach of the determined.” The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6 (IUPAT DC6), in partnership with the Finishing Trades Institute of the Ohio Region (FTIOR), invites members of the community to attend a special Apprenticeship Open House on Tuesday, November 13th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Painters District Council 6 Office/FTIOR Training Center at 8257 Dow Circle W, Strongsville, Ohio 44136. The Open House provided an opportunity to explore career opportunities while learning about the positive impact Apprenticeships have throughout the nation. There is no cost to attend, and pre-registration is not required.

Please join us to commemorate National Apprenticeship Week and take a glimpse into the life of a Glazier/Glassworker, Commerical/Industrial Painter, and Taper/Drywall Finisher. Attendees will also be able to:

  • Tour IUPAT DC6/FTIOR state-of-the-art Training Facility
  • Learn the history of the Apprenticeship Program
  • Experience IUPAT DC6/FTIOR in-house simulators
  • Participate in interactive hands-on demos

For more information, e-mail George Boots at georgeb@iupat-dc6.org or phone (440) 239-4575. Click HERE to download an Open House flyer.

28Sep 2018

Cleveland Building and Constructions Trades Council and Women At Work, Cleveland Building Trades Tradeswoman Committee, is hosting a Construction Trades Apprenticeship Fair on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 at Pipefitters local 120, 6305 Halle Drive, in Cleveland 44125. The event is from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Attendees will learn about the great career opportunities available through apprenticeships in the construction trades from tradesmen and women. Women and minorities are encouraged to attend! Career opportunities with the following building and construction trades include:

  • Bricklayers
  • Carpenters
  • Cement Masons
  • Electrical workers
  • Glaziers
  • Heat and Frost Insulators
  • Iron Workers
  • Laborers
  • Painters
  • Pipefitters
  • Plumbers
  • Roofers and Waterproofers
  • Sheet Metal Workers

For more information, download this flyer, or contact D. Cannon at 216-459-0099 ext 143.

17Aug 2018

There’s Never Been A Better Time to Build a Career with IUPAT

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6 (IUPAT DC6) is offering job seekers exciting apprenticeship and career opportunities by hosting a Job Fair and Hiring Event at their renovated facility at 35 S. State Street in Girard, Ohio from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM on Thursday, September 20th. The Job Fair and Hiring Event will feature profiles of the Drywall Finishing, Glazing, Painting, and Sign and Display Trades. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from each trade to gain insights on IUPAT DC6 occupations. Employers from The Builders Association will be present with the potential for immediate hire to prospective attendees! Current IUPAT members who are looking to advance their career options are also encouraged to attend. Registration is not required, and there is no cost to attend the event. Refreshments will be provided.

“IUPAT is a growing force of over 160,000 active and retired men and women, in the US and Canada,” said Jim Sherwood, Business Manager, Secretary/Treasurer of IUPAT DC6. “Our members’ skills are in high demand at every construction project in Ohio, there has never been a better time to build a career with IUPAT.”

In addition to learning about the steps necessary to join IUPAT’s apprenticeship program, journeymen can explore training opportunities and speak with contractors from the trades about open positions. Virtual Simulators for trade specific talents will be available to operate. College credits for apprenticeship classes are also obtainable through our partnership with Tri-C.

For more information Contact:

Nichole McCarthy
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6
(440) 239-4575 ext. 126
recruiting@iupat-dc6.org

23Mar 2018

IUPAT DC6 showcased their skilled trades recruitment campaign by hosting their “First Ever Open House and Job Fair” on Friday March 23, 2018 from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM at their facility in Strongsville Ohio. The event featured live demonstrations by apprentices and contractors working in the construction finishing trades including the opportunity to experience simulated airless spray painting techniques and welding applications. DC6 Instructors, Business Agents, contractors and registered apprentices also answered students’ questions on how to apply and succeed as a DC6 apprentice and union member.

DC6 offers young men and women “earn and learn” opportunities that lead to family sustaining careers in drywall finishing, glazing, glass working, commercial painting, bridge painting, sign & display and wall covering industries.  The attendees also learned about a partnership with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) that offers college credits and certifications for participating in Union apprenticeship programs.

Vocational students from Max Hayes, R.G. Drage, and Cuyahoga Valley Career Center and other area high schools participated in the event along with many political leaders including Representative Nickie Antonio, Michelle Sheehan candidate for Court of Appeals, Minority Leader of The Senate Kenny Yuko, Strongsville Economic Development Director Brent Painter, Strongsville Mayor Tom Perciak, and Judge Brendan Sheehan. Long-time Union Supporter and friend of DC6 Betty Sutton was also on hand, Ms. Sutton is Richard Cordray’s running mate for Governor of Ohio.

“We’re happy to announce that this is going to be an annual event,” declared IUPAT DC6 Business Manager/Secretary Jim Sherwood. “It was exciting to see the energy and enthusiasm of the students and potential union members who participated in our open house, it was even more exciting to collect several new apprenticeship applications on the spot!”

For more information on IUPAT DC6 Apprenticeship programs, visit https://iupat-dc6.org/become-a-member.

09Feb 2018

PART-TIME INSTRUCTOR POSITION

The Board of Trustees for the Finishing Trades Institute of the Ohio Region is currently accepting applications for a part-time Instructor position.  The position needs to be filled as soon as possible.

The Part-time Instructor will be responsible for training apprentices and journeypersons throughout Ohio focusing on Craft specific, Health & Safety.  The job requires the training programs for apprentices and journeyperson primarily at the four separate Training Centers located in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo.  The Instructor will be primarily based in the Toledo, Ohio Training Center; however, will be required to travel throughout the State. Since this position requires teaching the Finishing Trades Institute developed curriculum, the applicant must be an active or retired member of one of the affiliated Finishing Trades.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Provide instruction for the apprentice courses using approved curriculum and following class standards required by the State of Ohio and Department of Labor
  • Teach IUPAT journeyperson upgrade and re-certification classes on a regular basis
  • Prepare and return class records, including grades and attendance to the Director of Training on a timely basis
  • Work with the Director of Training to acquire the supplies and equipment needed for classes
  • Attend instructor meetings, as required

QUALIFICATIONS/ KEY COMPETENCIES

  • Current active or retired journeyperson of the IUPAT Finishing Trades
  • Strong journeyperson skills with a minimum four (4) years at journeyperson level with hands-on experience in the IUPAT Finishing Trades required
  • Strong varbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to present ideas and information effectively in groups and one-on-one
  • Advance knowledge and understanding of construction process, safety procedures and extensive people skills
  • Ability to use personal computer and associated programs
  • Prior instructor experience with apprentices preferred

POSITION DETAILS

  • This is an hourly position based upon the IUPAT DC 6 journeyperson wage. Instructors will be paid by class taught.  Wages will be paid at journeyperson rate, for actual class time spent plus one half hour before and after.
  • Fringe Benefits are included
  • Part-time Instructor will be scheduled to teach classes for 16 – 31 hours per week
  • Classes will be scheduled and assigned in advance
  • Periodic statewide travel with occasional overnight stays is required
  • Classes are held days, nights and weekends – the Training Center Office is open from 8:00am -4:30pm, but the Instructor’s hours will extend into the evenings and weekends

Applicants interested in the Part-time Instructor Position should submit a resume along with a cover letter summarizing their qualifications for the position no later than March 9, 2018 via e-mail to recruiting@iupat-dc6.org. Questions? Call Nichole McCarthy at (440) 239-4575 ext. 126

08Feb 2018

The Board of Trustees for the Finishing Trades Institute of the Ohio Region is currently accepting applications for the full time Glazier Instructor position. This position needs to be filled in time for the next school year. Any applicant interested must be available to begin no later than July 1, 2018.

The Glazing Instructor will be responsible for training apprentices and journeypersons throughout Ohio.  The job requires the training programs for apprentices and journeyperson primarily at the four separate Training Centers located in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo.  The Instructor will be primarily based in the Strongsville Ohio Training Center; however, will be required to travel throughout the State.  Since this position requires teaching the Finishing Trades Institute developed curriculum, the applicant must be an active or retired member of the affiliated Finishing Trades.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Provide instruction for the apprentice courses using approved curriculum and following class standards required by the State of Ohio and Department of Labor
  • Teach IUPAT journeyperson upgrade and re-certification classes on a regular basis
  • Prepare and return class records, including grades and attendance to the Director of Training on a timely basis
  • Work with the Director of Training to acquire the supplies and equipment needed for classes
  • Attend instructor meetings and training, as required

QUALIFICATIONS/ KEY COMPETENCIES

  • Current active or retired journeymen of the IUPAT Finishing Trades
  • Strong journeyperson skills with a minimum four (4) years as a Glazier at journeyperson level with hands-on experience in the IUPAT Finishing Trades required
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required
  • Ability to present ideas and information effectively in groups and one-on-one
  • Advance knowledge and understanding of construction process, safety procedures and extensive people skills
  • Ability to use personal computer and associated programs
  • Prior instructor experience with apprentices preferred

POSITION DETAILS

  • This is a salary position based upon the IUPAT DC 6 journeymen wage at 44 hours of pay for 52 weeks, no overtime is paid
  • Fringe Benefits are paid according to IUPAT DC 6 fringe package based upon 40 hours
  • Statewide travel with overnight stays is required
  • Classes are held days, nights and weekends – the Training Center Office is open from 8:00am -4:30pm, but the Instructor’s hours will extend into the evenings and weekends

Applicants interested in the Part-time Instructor Position should submit a resume along with a cover letter summarizing their qualifications for the position no later than March 9, 2018 via e-mail to recruiting@iupat-dc6.org. Questions? Call Nichole McCarthy at (440) 239-4575 ext. 126

 

08Feb 2018

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6 (IUPAT DC6) is hosting an Open House to invite men and woman in the community to learn about Careers in the Allied Trades. The event will take place at 8257 Dow Circle, Strongsville Ohio 44136 from 9: AM until 1: PM. The Open House will feature profiles of the Drywall and Finishing, Glazing, Painting, and Sign and Display Trades, along with Live Demonstrations and refreshments. Representatives from Cuyahoga Community College, Tri-C, will also be available.

“There has never been a better time to explore a career at IUPAT DC6,” exclaimed Jim Sherwood, Business Manager, Secretary/Treasurer of IUPAT DC6. “If you’ve got ambition, we’ve got opportunities.”

To download a flyer, Click HERE

30Jan 2018
The Finishing Trade Institute of the Ohio Region Board of Directors Congratulates all the graduates

Thinking of Joining the Union?

Plain City, OH, January 29, 2018– If you have an attention for detail, are goal oriented, and have basic knowledge of the Drywall Finishing and a willingness to learn as you earn, The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) and our partner contractors would like to talk to you about a career in the construction industry! Join us on Thursday, February 8th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Painters Local Union 1275, 8700 Memorial Drive in Plain City, Ohio, for a special career fair and hiring event. Refreshments – along with on-the-spot job offers, will be provided.

Drywall finishers (or tapers) prepare unfinished interior drywall panels for painting and by taping and finishing joints and imperfections.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for this field is very positive, due to the need to replace older baby boomers who will be retiring in the next several years. No formal education is necessary, on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs will be offered. This is a great opportunity to position yourself for a long-term career with IUPAT, that not only provides great pay but health insurance, a retirement plan, and career growth opportunities.

The event is sponsored by IUPAT District Council 6 and partner contractors Acoustic Ceiling & Partition of Ohio (ACP), OCP Contractors, OKI Interiors Corp, and Valley Interior Systems. Questions should be directed to Jamie Peppers, Director of Organizing, at jamiep@iupat-dc6.org .

To accelerate your ability to start employment immediately, interested candidates may want to bring a valid ID, and a resume or a listing of their work experience, to the hiring event.  Pre-registration is not required. For more information on the benefits of joining IUPAT, visit https://iupat-dc6.org/member-benefits/, or click HERE to download event flyer.

16Nov 2017

On October 23, 2017, OSHA began full enforcement of the respirable crystalline silica (RCS) standard for construction (29 CFR 1926.1153).  To comply with this standard we should make sure to:

  • Get to know the Standard inside and out.  Silica Standard Compliance Guide
  • Implement the controls required of Table 1 activities.
  • Have a written Silica Exposure Control Plan (ECP) and other relevant safety programs (Respiratory Protection Program, Hazardous Communication Program, etc.)
  • Assign a Competent Person on each job site. (OSHA defines a competent person as someone who accepts the responsibility, has the training, and has the authority to make needed changes to ensure safety.)
  • When Doing Table 1 activities without the suggested controls, the scheduled monitoring option will have to be implemented. (Personal breathing zone samples will have to be taken to ensure that the RCS exposure level is below the action level.)
  • When doing work outside the scope of Table 1 activities, we can use the scheduled monitoring option (personal breathing zone sample will be taken) or the Performance monitoring option can be implemented (sample data from an outside source can be used as long as it was from the same work using the same materials.) When using data from outside source, have a copy on hand for occasions when we might be asked why we are not doing our own tests.
  • When sweeping floors or dusting something off, we need to use sweeping compound and/or a vacuum with HEPA filtration.
  • We need to make annual medical evaluations available to employees who wear or will be wearing a respirator for 30 or more in a year. (This applies per employer. Exposures from previous employers do not count towards 30 days)

New Drywall applications are exempt from this new standard because current gypsum panels and joint compounds now contain little or no RCS. Although we still need to keep an eye on the SDS on all products we use to ensure silica exposure will not reach the action level.  Keep in mind if employees are disturbing old drywall, old plaster, or any other material other than new drywall panels or new joint compound, there will be an elevated risk.  So pre-job existing material sampling and/or personal breathing zone sample may need to be taken.

Even though Drywall work is exempt, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be health threat from ingredients other than RCS.  We should set strict companies policies that set rules for required PPE and Engineering Controls for every task employees might be doing.  Some examples may be:  Closing off and limiting access to areas where drywall is being sanded, require 100% use of respiratory protection when any worker is in an area being sanded, and running air handlers/scrubbers in an area being sanded.

When it comes to glazing and glass work, remember, silica is a key ingredient in the manufacturing of glass.  The most severe exposures to crystalline silica result from abrasive blasting. This process is used to etch or frost glass. Additionally, crystalline silica exposure can occur in the maintenance, repair, and replacement of the linings of refractory brick furnaces, such as those used to manufacture glass. Most aspects of the glass trades will fall under Table 1 activities.  Be mindful when cutting, chipping, grinding, or drilling into concrete, brick, or mortar.

It is the intention of the D.C. 6 and the FTIOR to stay as up to date as possible on this standard and its possible implications on our work.  If we stay in constant communication and share our data as it comes out, we should have no problems staying in compliance.

28Oct 2017
  • Apprenticeship Graduation Celebration
  • Room is setup for the Apprenticeship Dinner on October 19, 2017
  • Purple Fall Mums room decoration apprenticeship graduation dinner
  • Welcome to the Apprenticeship Graduation
  • The Finishing Trade Institute of the Ohio Region Board of Directors Congratulates all the graduates
  • Apprenticeship graduation group photo
  • Ioannis Kleoudis (center) from Local 476 completed the Painter - CAS program
  • Drywall Finishers and Tapers from local 505 are all smiles at the graduation
  • Another look at our new Glaziers
  • Apprenticeship Graduation Cake

October 19, 2017 – Strongsville, Ohio: Twenty-three apprentices celebrated their graduation to journeyperson at a special dinner and diploma presentation on Thursday, October 19th at the Strongsville training center. The event, which was hosted by the Finishing Trade Institute of the Ohio Region (FTIOR), included Charlie Meadows, General President’s Representative from IUPAT as the guest speaker. District Council 6, Local 181 Glaziers, Local 505 Cleveland, Local 707 Cleveland, SCT, Sherwin-Williams, and Teresa R Pofok Company LPA sponsored the event.

Director of Training George Boots kicked off the evening, followed by DC6 Business Manager/Secretary/Treasurer and FTIOR Co-Chairman Jim Sherwood who congratulated the graduates on behalf of the FTIOR board of trustees, and the leadership team of DC6, “Good luck to all the graduating apprentices from District Council 6, you are the future of this union and this industry,” said Sherwood. After Charlie Meadows inspiring presentation, John Houlis, Matt Graff, Jason Liskai, Justin Oshel & Nick Papadorotheou recognized the graduates and presented them with their diplomas.

Director Timothy McCarthy and Patricia Pietrarois, Program Manager of Joint Apprenticeship Training advanced training center at Cuyahoga Community College presented special recognition certificates.

Apprentices who graduated that night:

Painter – Decorators
David Babinec (707)
Thomas Bussy (707)
Bret Conroy (707)
Zachary Hartman (7)
Joseph Kish (707)
Travis Olszewski (7)
Brian Owens (7)
Josea Uliano (707)
Jeremy Upton (7) Military Veteran
Dennise Williard (7)
Charlie Wright (476)

Glaziers
Gregory Glatzhofer (181)
David Oberacker (181)
Seth Ord (948)
Andrew Twardzik (1162)

Drywall Finishers & Tapers
Cody Bianca (505)
Eduardo Fonseca-Torres (505)
Alex Luenberger (505)
Robert Svagerko (505)

Painter – CAS
Ioannis Kleoudis (476)

Union apprenticeships with D.C. 6 are registered, certified and highly regarded career training programs that offer a combination of structured on-the-job training and related technical instruction to train potential trades workers in occupations that demand a high level of skill. D.C. 6 apprenticeships are administered by the cooperative labor-management Joint Apprenticeship Training Fund (J.A.T.F.).

Depending on the trades, apprenticeships can last from three to four years, during which time apprentices work and learn under the direction of experienced journey workers. Over time, apprentices are provided the diversity and complexity of training that leads to becoming highly skilled in their chosen occupations. As they gain skill, they are compensated through an increase in wages. Learn more about the many benefits of union membership and apprenticeship; fill out an information form