27Nov 2017

Brothers and Sisters, the December meeting (12-04-2017 at 5:00 pm) will be followed by the Winter Dinner. The local will be distributing the coats that were purchased for the members who call in their size. Remember, your dues must be paid through December 2017 to pick up your coat.

This year we are doing a toy drive for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Toys for Tots). So, we are asking that everyone bring an unwrapped toy with a value of at least $10.00. let’s help make some needy children’s Christmas just a little brighter and show the Union’s generosity.

27Nov 2017

Brother Fred Kunkel passed away at home on Friday, Nov. 24th, 2017. Brother Kunkel has been a faithful member of Painters Local Union 1275 for 57 consecutive years (10-03-1960 through 2017). Fred began his retirement on January 01, 1999.

The Kunkel family will receive friends on Wednesday, Nov. 29th, 2017 beginning at 11:00 am until services begin at 1:00 pm, at Graumlich Funeral Home, 1351 S. High St., Columbus, OH. Entombment will follow at Green Lawn Cemetery.

Fred will be missed by all the Brothers and Sisters of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local Union #1275

17Nov 2017
Happy Holidays from IUPAT DC6

It’s that special time of year when we come together as brothers and sisters and celebrate our accomplishments and friendships! Listed below is a summary of all of our local holiday gatherings. From all of us at IUPAT DC6, happy holidays and a happy, healthy, and profitable new year!

Click HERE for downloadable copy of the holiday party schedule

Local Date Time Location Address
707 12/2/2017 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM UAW Hall 1250 17250 Hummel Rd., Brookpark
1275 12/4/2017 5:00 PM Hall 8700 Memorial Drive, Plain City
387 12/6/2017 5:30 PM Hall 200 Kovach Dr, Cincinnati
123/238 12/8/2017 6:00 PM Hall 200 Kovach Dr, Cincinnati
249 12/8/2017 5:00 PM Hall 2621 E Third St., Dayton
639 12/8/2017 5:00 PM DC 6 8257 Dow Circle, Strongsville
788 12/8/2017 5:00 PM Hall 1205 W Perkins Ave, Sandusky
7 12/9/2017 6:00 PM NECA Hall 727 Lime City Road, Rossford
948 12/9/2017 5:00 PM Hall 909 Front St., Toledo
1103 12/11/2017 6:00 PM Legion Hall 60 Chester St., Painesville
847 12/12/2017 6:00 PM Hall 35 S State St, Girard
1162 12/13/2017 5:30 PM Hall 67 S Maple St., Akron
505 12/15/2017 5:00 PM DC 6 8257 Dow Circle, Strongsville
555 12/15/2017 7:30 PM Hall 2101 7th St., Portsmouth
372 12/18/2017 5:00 PM Hall 8700 Memorial Drive, Plain City
181 12/20/2017 5:30 PM DC 6 8257 Dow Circle, Strongsville
841 12/20/2017 6:00 PM Hall 67 S Maple St., Akron
476 12/21/2017 5:30 PM Hall 35 S State St, Girard
1020 no party – contribution given to “Empty Stocking Fund”
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.

30Jul 2017
Text IUPATDC6 to 797979 to join our text message alert system

IUPAT DC6 Members have a better option for receiving news and training class alerts, thanks to our new mobile text alert system. Members can receive exclusive DC6 News, Training Class Alerts, and other important messages right to their cell phones. To join, members just text “IUPATDC6” to 797979 and they are automatically enrolled. You can discontinue receiving announcements easily, by texting STOP to 797979. Members can also enroll via our Facebook page, or on the homepage of our website.

“It’s a new feature that brings us one step closer to helping our members get important and accurate information quickly while making sure we can communicate quickly with all of our members in case of an emergency,” said Jim Sherwood, Business Manager/Secretary/Treasurer for DC6.

The new mobile alert system is available for both Android-based and Apple devices.

21Jun 2017

Thank you for showing our brothers Hugo Mejia and Rodrigo Nuñez your support in the last two days by making calls, sending faxes, rallying, uplift both father’s cases on social media and speaking to elected officials. As many of you know, both Hugo and Rodrigo had scheduled immigration court hearings today. Below are pictures of today’s rally where many of our members and District Council staff were front and center.

There is no doubt that our collective efforts have had an impact on Hugo and Rodrigo’s cases. In fact, we know that in the next 48 hours additional information is being reviewed and considered in large part for all we’ve done so far. This will be a crucial period for us to keep the pressure going, so please take a few minutes to take the following actions.

We need your help to keep the momentum going in supporting Hugo, Rodrigo and their families!

For live updates on our efforts this week visit: Free Hugo & Free Rodrigo Week of Action Facebook page

June 21st is Big FAX Wednesday! Send a fax to ICE Enforcement and Removal Offices to (415) 844-5514 with attention to David Jennings. We have provided a formatted fax form with the graphic of the day, which you only need to fill your name in the blank CLICK HERE

Don’t have a fax? Not a problem simply follow the these instructions:

–          STEP #1: Visit:

–          STEP #2: Fill in the blanks

  • For Sender Information(on the left) fill in your name (you do not have to include your full name), email and phone number
  • For Receiver Information (on the right) fill in
    • Name: ICE Field Director David Jennings
    • Company: Enforcement and Removal Officer
    • Fax: (415) 844-5514

–          STEP #3: Upload your fax form

  • In Fax InformationClick on browser
    • Upload the Fax form (you will know it’s uploaded when you see a green check mark next to the title of your document)
    • ENTER CONFIRMATION CODE – you will be prompted to include the 5-digit confirmation code at the bottom of this section.

–          STEP #4: Hit the “Send Free Fax Now” button

  • You will receive a confirmation email. It will prompt you to click on a link in order to actually send your fax.


  1. Let’s keep those calls going! Call San Francisco’s ICE Field Office Director David Jennings!

For more information on our efforts with this case, visit our website:

20Jun 2017

Are you thinking of pursuing a BA in Construction Management? Would you like to take your classes online? Rowan University in partnership with NABTU is offering the NABTU Governing Board of Presidents Scholarships up to $3,600 available to first-year students in all trades.

When:  September 5, 2017, the beginning of the Fall term

Who:  Journeypersons & Apprentices looking to develop their leadership skills

Where:  Visit the Rowan University website to apply for Fall 2017

Rowan University’s B.A. in Construction Management Online is ideal for journeypersons, as well as apprentices who are looking to develop leadership skills and advance their careers. The B.QA. in Construction Management prepares Building Trades members to supervise, manage, and inspect construction projects, buildings, and associated facilities. Rowan’s program has received North America’s Building Trades Union’s endorsement.

Scholarship application deadline is August 1st. Visit the Rowan University website to learn more. Download information HERE.

18Jun 2017
  • Clay Shoot IUPAT Sportsman Alliance
  • Clay Shoot IUPAT
  • IUPAT Veterans Challenge Coin

June 17th –  The IUPAT Union Sportsman Alliance held a Clay Shoot at Elkhorn Lake Hunt Club in Bucyrus, Ohio Proceeds from the event raised money for conservation efforts.

Over 30 Union Brothers and Sisters included many retired members enjoyed a day of shooting rounds on the sporting clay course. IUPAT Dan Penski and General Vice President Harry Zell presented Ed O’Neil with the Veterans Challenge Coin for his service to our country during four tours in Vietnam.

17Jun 2017

On Monday, June 12th our union brothers and sisters gathered to celebrate Local 707’s 10th anniversary. A large crowd celebrated with a cookout and a car show. The best car was a 1963 Chevy Corvette owned by Brenda Ferrante and the best bike was a 1953 Harley Davidson trike owned by Neil Fronius.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate Local 707’s anniversary!