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18Oct 2018

If your child struggles with reading or you are frustrated with the lack of support they receive at school, MindPlay can help!

What is MindPlay?

MindPlay is a web-based reading program. It delivers one-to-one, personalized, systematic, reading instruction. MindPlay features virtual reading teachers who will help your child fill in the skill gaps that are preventing him or her from reading accurately and fluently. The adaptive program modifies instruction to suit the needs of each child.

How does it work?

Through a series of quick assessments, the program determines what a child knows and doesn’t know. Then it creates a personalized learning plan to quickly fill in the missing skills. Your child only learns what he or she doesn’t already know. The lessons are taught by virtual reading teachers who coach your child through each lesson until mastery is achieved. If your child struggles with a lesson, the teacher goes back and re-teaches the concept in a different way. As your child advances, certificates and achievement points keep motivation high. Progress maps and reports display your child’s growth.

If you are interested in using MindPlay to help your child, contact George Boots at (440) 239-4575 or CLICK HERE to download a brochure.

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 or phone (440) 239-4575. Click HERE to download an Open House flyer.

08Oct 2018




The Board of Trustees for the Finishing Trades Institute of the Ohio Region is currently accepting applications for part time Instructor positions in all crafts throughout District Council 6. These positions need to be filled by the first of the new year.

The Part-time Instructor will be responsible for training apprentices and journeymen throughout Ohio focusing on craft specific skills and Health & Safety.  The job requires the training programs for apprentices and journeymen to be held primarily at the four separate Training Centers located in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo.  The Instructor will be based out of their local location; however, will be required to travel throughout the State. Since this position require the teaching of the Finishing Trades Institute (FTI) developed curriculum, the applicant must be an active member in good standing within one of the affiliated Finishing Trades within District Council 6.


  • 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 journey worker 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


  • Current active journey worker of the IUPAT Finishing Trades
  • Strong journey worker skills with a minimum four (4) years at journey worker level with hands-on experience in the IUPAT Finishing Trades is required
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to present ideas and information effectively in groups and on a one-on-one basis
  • Progressive knowledge and understanding of construction processes, safety procedures and solid people skills
  • Ability to use personal computer and associated programs
  • Prior instructor experience with apprentices preferred but not required


  • This is an hourly position based upon the IUPAT DC 6 journey worker’s wage. The instructors will be paid by class taught (actual class time spent) plus one-half hour before and after.
  • Fringe Benefits are included
  • 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 Positions should submit a resume along with a cover letter summarizing their qualifications for the position no later than Friday, November 2, 2018 by mail or email to:

ATTN: Nichole McCarthy

8257 Dow Circle

Strongsville, OH 44136

01Oct 2018

Political action is vital for the growth of the middle class, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and the rest of the organized labor movement.

The time each of us puts into supporting candidates and initiatives for the advancement of our proud cause can have a profound effect on not only our lives but the lives of all working families – union and non-union. Below is a listing of political endorsements IUPAT DC6 has prepared for the November 6th elections. We ask that you review this list and support these candidates when you vote.

Ohio – Statewide
Political Office Endorsed Candidate Party Affiliation
Governor & Lt. Governor Richard Corday & Betty Sutton D
Attorney General Steve Dettelbach D
Treasurer Rob Richardson D
Auditor Zack Space D
Secretary of State No Endorsement
US House of Representatives for Ohio
Political Office Endorsed Candidate Party Affiliation
1st District Aftab Pureval D
3rd District Joyce Beatty D
6th District Bill Johnson R
9th District Marcy Kaptur D
10th District Mike Turner R
11th District Martha Fudge D
12th District Danny O’Conner D
13th District Tim Ryan D
14th District David Joyce R
15th District Steve Stivers R
US House Senate for Ohio
Political Office Endorsed Candidate Party Affiliation
Ohio Sherrod Brown D
Ohio Senate
Political Office Endorsed Candidate Party Affiliation
3rd District Anne Gonzales R
9th District Cecil Thomas D
11th District Teresa Fedor D
13th District Nathan Manning R
15th District Jearce; Craog D
17th District Bob Peterson R
21st District Sandra Williams D
25th District Nickie Antonio D
25th District Kenny Yuko D
29th District Kirk Schuring R
31st District Jay Hottinger R
33rd District John Boccieri D
Ohio House of Representatives
Political Office Endorsed Candidate Party Affiliation
4th District Bob Cupp R
7th District Tom Patten R
8th District Kent Smith D
11th District Stephanie Howse D
13th District Michael Skindell D
17th District Adam Miller D
18th District Kristin Boggs D
19th District Tim Barhorst R
21st District Stu Harris R
22nd District David Leland D
24th District Eric Yassenoff R
31st District Brigid Kelly D
34th District Emilia Sykes D
35th District Tavia Galonski D
37th District Casey Weinstein D
39th District Fred Strahorn D
45th District Lisa Sobecki D
48th District Scott Oslslager R
52nd District Kathy Wyenandt D
55th District Gayle Manning R
58th District Michele Lepore-Hagan D
63rd District Glenn Holmes D
72nd District Larry Householder R
89th District Steven Arndt R
94th District Jay Edwards R


Miscellaneous Ohio Endorsements
County Commissioners
Political Office Endorsed Candidate
Mahoning County Carol Rimedio-Righetti
Franklin County Marilyn Brown
Montgomery County Carolyn Rice
Sciota County Trampass Puckett
Portage County Mike Kerrigan
Cuyahoga County
Political Office Endorsed Candidate
8th District Court of Appeals Michelle Sheehan
Common Pleas Court Emily Hagan
Common Pleas Juvenile Division Jennifer L. O’Malley
Hamilton County
Political Office Endorsed Candidate
1st District Court of Appeals Marilyn Zayas
County Engineer
Political Office Endorsed Candidate
Franklin County Cornell Robertson
Trumbull County Randy L. Smith
Political Office Endorsed Candidate
Lucas County Treasurer Lindsay Webb


Kentucky Endorsements
U.S. House of Representatives for Kentucky
Political Office Endorsed Candidate Party Affiliation
6th District Amy McGrath D
U.S. House of Representatives for Kentucky
Political Office Endorsed Candidate Party Affiliation
45th District Josh Hicks D
88th District Cherylynn Stevenson D
99th District Jill York R
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.

27Sep 2018

Big thank you to Continental Building Products for taking the time to meet with our District Council 6 Training Department to talk about the products they offer. This company is joining a fast-growing list of manufacturers whom donates materials to our training program. They are committed to working with us to advance the drywall industry as a whole.  With their donation of sheets of drywall and joint compound, we can give apprentices a greater opportunity to use these products along with other materials donated from other manufacturers- to help us guide our apprentices into well-rounded journeypersons desirable to our contractors.  With donations from, Continental Building products, National Gypsum, Trim-Tex, and Ames Taping Tools- we can spend budgeted training fund money on other things like new equipment and lumber to build better, more efficient mock ups. National Gypsum donates buckets and bags of mud every year.  Trim-Tex donates sanding pads, sanding sponges, and a variety of their beads and trims. Ames Taping Tools generously donates three full sets of their automatic taping tools for the Strongsville, Columbus, and Cincinnati training centers. In addition, they give each graduate of our drywall finishing apprenticeship program a bucket and a full set of hand tools.

Photo (Left to Right): Bob Hopkins, Mike Richardville, Justin Oshel, Chris Hagen

23Sep 2018

At the 25th General Convention held in Washington, D.C. in August 1984 a resolution was passed, creating the S. Frank “Bud” Raftery Scholarship Fund, to honor his service to the International Union all of his adult life, his accomplishments, and his progressive thinking.
At the 27th General Convention held in Washington, D.C. in August 1994, General President A.L. “Mike” Monroe and the General Executive Board passed a resolution to increase the S. Frank “Bud” Raftery Scholarship Fund to $20,000, allowing for ten (10) scholarships of $2,000 annually. This was done because of their strong beliefs in the principles for which the Scholarship Fund was created, and the need to continue and enhance the Convention theme of Organizing, Education, and Training, which was designed to bring all of our members and their families into the strategic planning and operation of our International Union through educational programs.

Sons, daughters, or legal dependents of IUPAT members in good standing, are eligible to apply for scholarships within this fine program. All applicants must submit an essay, no less than 1,000 words, and no more than 2,000 words, on an essay topic selected by the IUPAT Scholarship Committee.

The selected topic for 2019 is as follows: Community Organizing for Real Economics (CORE) is an IUPAT initiative to foster the growth and community presence of the IUPAT through community partnerships. How do communities benefit from these partnerships, and how can the IUPAT strengthen these relationships to increase membership and market share? The scholarship awards are contingent upon the student attending a certified college, university, vocational tech./trade or other such institutes of higher learning. Award winners must enroll in the school of their choice within a year of the award date or forfeit the award. Details and an application form are carried in a fall issue of the “Painters and Allied Trades Journal.” The deadline for essays to reach the International Union Headquarters is January 31, 2019. Winners will be announced in April 2019.

CLICK HERE to download the brochure.

23Sep 2018

At the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Convention in 1999, the A. L. “Mike” Monroe and Ralph D. Williams, III, Sports Scholarship was introduced and ratified into the Union’s Constitution. This groundbreaking program was created to offer student-athletes the opportunity to pursue their athletic ambitions while earning an advanced educational degree at the academic institution of their choosing.

Despite their athletic talent, neither man had the resources to attend college and instead joined the Union at a young age. This scholarship, named in their honor, gives IUPAT members’ children the chance to attain a higher education.

In 1000, words describe why you should receive this award! All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • He/she must be a legal dependent of an IUPAT member in good standing.
  • Supply an official high school transcript.
  • A complete history of athletic participation and special recognition in high school.
  • Register with the NCAA Clearing House and declare the athletic program in which he/she will be
  • A letter of recommendation must be submitted from the coach or athletic director of the institution the
    applicant has been accepted and has chosen to attend.
  • A complete record of additional financial aid.

The award is contingent upon the student enrolling in the school of their choice within one year of the award
date or the award is forfeited. CLICK HERE to download the application form.

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