10Jan 2018
IUPAT DC6 Endorses Cordray Sutton ticket for Ohio Governor

I.U.P.A.T. District Council 6 issued an endorsement to Betty Sutton for Governor on April 24, 2017. The ultimate goal was to help elect a Governor who understood the issues facing our members’ families and all working Ohioans. Betty’s longtime relationship with District Council 6, her lifetime of working on behalf of workers, her impressive list of accomplishments at all levels of Government, and her outstanding judgment on how to handle problems made this an easy choice. We have never wavered in any way on our endorsement or our belief in Betty Sutton.

Today, we reinforce our belief in Betty Sutton’s judgement and her decision to partner with Richard Cordray and run as his Lieutenant Governor. We have always had a great relationship with Richard Cordray and still believe the ultimate goal must be to win in November. When we look at Rich’s record of accomplishments and his understanding of working families’ issues, coupled with Betty Sutton’s belief and support of him, we are proud to announce our endorsement of the Cordray/Sutton team for the next Governor of Ohio.


Jim Sherwood

11Dec 2017

The FTIOR (Finishing Trades Institute of the Ohio Region) attended a job fair December 8th, 2017 at the Open Door Academy in Cleveland.  About 250 6th-12th grades students came thru to ask us about our trades.  Its always good to let them know there is a great alternative to a traditional college education, and that while going through our apprenticeship program they can still earn an associates degree in applied sciences from Cuyahoga Community College. We love to see amazed looks on their faces when we show off some samples of the work we do.

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

18Nov 2017
CMHA Job posting


An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Position Announcement

GENERAL SUMMARY: Under the close supervision of a higher classified employee, applies protective and decorative paint coatings to interior and exteriors or CMHA building and structures; performs all necessary preparatory and clean-up tasks as assigned. No supervisory responsibility.



    High School Diploma or equivalent is required. Painters must have recognition as journeymen. Journeyman status under union bylaws requires a four-year apprenticeship.


    Five years experience at journeyman level in painting and decoration of interior and exterior surfaces of structure.


  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions and procedures to performs the task of the position.
  • Ability to read and write legibly and maintain proper records.
  • Ability to prepare materials, surfaces, and performs related work as assigned.
  • Ability to use spray-painting equipment in painting on ceiling and walls without runs, sags, or curts.
  • Knowledge of proper clean up and storage procedures for all paint and related equipment.
  • Adheres to agency policies and procedures.
  • Understands, supports and models with professionalism the agency’s Mission, Vision and Values.


  • Possession of a valid Ohio vehicle operator’s license and insurability under agency policies.

SALARY: $27.74

POSTING DATE: 11/14/2017

CLOSING DATE: 11/21/2017

The qualifications listed above are guidelines. Other combinations of education and experience that could provide the necessary knowledge, skill, and abilities to perform the job will be considered.


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.

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)

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

16Oct 2017

The Coatings and Corrosion Expo is coming to Strongsville Ohio on Thursday, November 16th, 2017. The Expo kicks off at 9:00 AM with demos. The Expo also features SSPCC-CAS Presentation, Several CEU Continuing Education Courses, and lunch. Door prizes and raffles round out this free event.

As coatings fail, structures degrade resulting in corrosion. From maintaining the integrity of our infrastructure to having safe water in our home, the effects of corrosion cost our economy billions of dollars every year. Facility and equipment can last 5 to times longer when an industrial coating is applied by a trained skilled workforce.

The event will also feature a National Apprenticeship Open House, giving apprentices an opportunity to experience the expo while networking with other apprentices and IUPAT members.

The Coating and Corrosion Expo recognize the need to better educate and promote best practices in the Coating and Corrosion Industry. Space is limited. To register or for more information, visit http://www.corrosioncoatingsohio.com  or e-mail info@corrosioncoatingsohio. View the event brochure here: Expo Brochure 2017