16Jul 2018



(General Descriptions)

We protect and service the needs of working families.  At the time the AIL Representative delivers and explains the AD&D certificate of coverage, the member will have the opportunity to apply for and purchase additional supplemental insurance coverage available through American Income Life Insurance Company on a voluntary basis. The primary coverage offer includes:

  • FREEDOM OF CHOICE (FINAL EXPENSE PLAN) – A life insurance plan designed to take care of immediate financial needs placed on a family when a loved one passes away. As the name implies, families have the freedom of choosing the funeral home, location and type of funeral when it is needed.
  • TERM INSURANCE – Various terms are available to cover the needs of a temporary nature such as to pay off a mortgage or other loans, family income protection, etc. The beneficiary can request a lump sum payment upon the insured’s death or can request the benefits be spread out over several years to provide a monthly benefit amount to help them adjust to the loss of the insured’s monthly income.

        Depending on need, the member may also be presented:

  • HEAD START – The Head Start program is available for children ages zero to seventeen. It serves as a vehicle for parents or grandparents to purchase life insurance coverage for a child or grandchild when it is least expensive. Head Start is whole life insurance with options to purchase additional whole life insurance at future dates without evidence of insurability.  
  • ACCIDENT POLICY (Form A71000 series) – The plan provides benefits for accidental death and dismemberment as well as hospital confinement and intensive care treatment if related to an accident. In addition, the policy pays a benefit if the insured has emergency room treatment as a result of an accident when treated within 72 hours of the accidental injury.
  • CANCER PROTECTION (CNM, C10000 and C20000 series) – Policies provide specific coverage for treatment of cancer or a single sum benefit when an insured is diagnosed with cancer.
  • CRITICAL ILLNESS (Form C10000 series) – This policy pays a one-time lump sum payment when an insured is first diagnosed with a covered critical illness.

Descriptions above are summaries and provide very brief descriptions and are not an insurance contract.  Product availability varies by state and province and some products are not available in all areas.  Complete details of the benefits, terms, conditions and exclusions of specific policies and availability should be obtained from the agent or American Income Life.

AIL representatives don’t just explain coverage available through AIL.  They also educate members on the insurances they already have including the important differences between Whole Life and Term Life, so they are better able to make needs based decisions on how to protect their family. We look forward to a long-term relationship!

Judy Spade, Public Relations Manager


28Jun 2018

District Council 6 Staff and BM/ST Jim Sherwood would like to welcome Cincinnati Local 123 member, Ron Fussnecker as the newest Business Representative/Organizer to DC 6. Ron has been a commercial painter for 19 years and a member of Local 123 for just over 3 years. He worked with Tri State Interiors prior to accepting his new position as part of DC 6 staff. Ron is active in the council- holding positions such as, Vice President to his Local, Delegate to DC 6 and a member of Young Lions out of the Cincinnati area. His skills and dedication to the union have made him an asset to DC 6. Welcome aboard Ron!

26Jun 2018



The Board of Trustees for the Finishing Trades Institute of the Ohio Region is currently accepting applications for the full time Painter 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 Mid-August.

The Painting 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 to Toledo and 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.


  • 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


  • Current active or retired journeymen of the IUPAT Finishing Trades
  • Strong journeyperson skills with a minimum of five (5) years as a Painter 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


  • 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 stay is required
  • Classes are held days, nights and weekends – the Training Center Office is open from 8:00am -4:30pm
  • Instructor’s hours will vary and extend into the evenings and weekends

Applicants interested in the Full-time Painter Instructor Position should submit a resume

along with a cover letter summarizing their qualifications to:

Nichole McCarthy

8257 Dow Circle

Strongsville OH 44136




17Jun 2018

On Saturday, June 16th, 678 Members of District Council 6 went to the polls to vote in 2018 elections. Here are the results:

  • Jim Sherwood has won Business Manager Secretary-Treasurer with 538 votes. His opponent, Jose Pinto received 140 votes.
  • Joe Crytser has won the Business Representative role for LU 1275 with 446 votes. His opponent, Michael Murphy, received 148 votes.
  • Dana Clark has won the Business Representative role for LU 238, 249, and 556 with 474 votes. His opponent, Jerry Davis, received 128 votes.

The following representatives won by Acclamation:

  • Jamie Peppers – LU 7
  • Lee Denney – LU 123
  • Jim Black – LU 181
  • Jim Taylor – LU 476
  • John Kulju – LU 505
  • Lou Ferrante and Tony Watroba – LU 639, 707, 788, 1020, and 1103
  • Scott Harter – LU 841 and 1162

There were 11 ballots cast that were challenged.

Thank you to the members who came out to vote on Saturday!


11Jun 2018

On June 7th  IUPAT Retired Glazier, Howard Briggs- presented BM/ST Jim Sherwood with a philanthropy award on behalf of DC 6 for revered support of The Littlest Heroes nonprofit organization. Briggs has been a dedicated volunteer to this cause for several years in which PATCH has been a proud supporter as well. In the council’s continued support, Jim Sherwood proudly presented Briggs with a $3,000 donation from PATCH to benefit The Littlest Heroes nonprofit organization.

25May 2018

IUPAT DC6 is proud to announce the additions of Nick Papadorotheou and Duane Behanna to our Training Department.

Nick Papadorotheou will assume the role of full-time Glazier Instructor, using his 8 years of experience as a Glazier with local 181 to motivate and mold young minds in our apprenticeship program. He will also be working on OSHA, NCCCO certified signal person, Overton Certified training and American Heart Association CPR Training throughout DC6.

Duane Behanna is our new part-time Instructor in the Cincinnati and Columbus area. A Painter by trade from local 1275, he will use his 15 years of experience to focus on drywall/finishing painting as well as promoting health & safety for members throughout the area.

Please join George Boots and everyone at IUPAT DC6 in welcoming our new members to the team! We’re expecting great things from you Nick and Duane!

06Apr 2018

IUPAT-DC6 is excited to announce the 2018 Community Day of Action will take place on Saturday, April 21st in various locations throughout District Council 6. This event brings thousands of IUPAT members together with open hands and hearts to give back and build strong communities.

STRONGSVILLE will be working faithfully with the Absolute House on Harvard Avenue in Cleveland to give the 3rd floor of their facility a fresh coat of paint! The Absolute house gives those recovering from addiction a safe place to live and receive treatment to get back into the workforce and become productive citizens. To participate in the Strongsville Day of Action contact Joe Jeffers @ 440-341-2792

CINCINNATI has chosen to assist the Addiction Services Council on Vernon Manor Place in Cincinnati. Their vision is to help build a community both free of the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and advocate for the reduction of the stigma associated with alcoholism and other drug addiction by way of prevention, assessment, referral, treatment, education and advocacy services in the manner reflective of changing culture within their community. To participate in the Cincinnati Day of Action contact Lee Denney @ 513-325-7351

COLUMBUS is working closely with the Metropolitan Community Services T.O.U.C.H. Their mission is to “reach out and touch” the lives of individuals and families, empowering them to achieve self-sufficiency, positive relationships, and economic success. The volunteers in Columbus will be powerwashing and painting the exterior of their administration building. To participate in the Columbus Day of Action contact Chris Naegele @ 614-620-6986

We need as many Union brothers and sisters to volunteer for our Day of Action, please consider volunteering by contacting the participating agent for that area. IUPAT-DC6 is more than building buildings, we build lives within our communities!


05Apr 2018

On April 28, 2018, the labor movement will observe Workers Memorial Day in order to remember workers who have been killed or injured on the job and to renew the fight for strong safety and health protections. The theme this year is “Safe Jobs. Every Worker’s Right.”

The Occupational Safety and Health Act and Mine Safety and Health Act promise workers the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality- winning protections that have made jobs safer and saved lives. After years of struggle, we won new rules to protect workers from deadly silica dust and beryllium, a stronger dust standard for miners and stronger anti-retaliation projections for workers who report job injuries.

However, all of these hard-won gains are now threatened. The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress have overturned worker safety rules issued by the Obama administration. The president has ordered that for every new protection issued, agencies must revoke two existing safeguards. This means the health and safety of workers and the public are in danger.

This year’s Workers Memorial Day we must fight back by getting involved and organize actions, activities, or observances in our workplaces and communities to highlight the toll of job injuries and deaths. Contact your elected officials and demand they put workers’ well-being above corporate interests. Make it clear that the labor movement will defend jobs the right of every worker to a safe job and fight until that promise is fulfilled.

In the Cleveland area, you can take part in Workers Memorial Day in a couple of ways. On Saturday, April 28 IUPAT DC6 will have a moment of silence at 12 pm, to remember our fellow workers who were killed or injured on the job. You should also join us for a Workers Memorial Day event at Progressive Field on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Schedule of Events:

12:00 Noon – IUPAT DC6 Observes a Moment of Silence

1:45pm – Memorial Ceremony: A Tribute to Fallen Cleveland Workers

(Grass Mall Between The Q and Progressive Field)

3:00pm – Workers Memorial Parade on Progressive Field

(Participants and Families Line-Up at “Gate A” Ramp)

4:00pm – First Pitch

4:10pm – Game Time: Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle Mariners

$28 Upper Box Tickets

(includes $5.00 concessions voucher) TO ORDER TICKETS, CLICK HERE.

What else can you do in your community to help on Workers Memorial Day?

-Organize a rally to call for stronger safety and health protections.

-Hold a candlelight vigil, memorial service, or moment of silence to remember those who lost their life on the job.

-Hold a public meeting with members of Congress in your district. Injured workers and their families can talk firsthand about the need for strong safety and health protections.

-Conduct workshops to empower workers to report job safety hazards and exercise workplace rights.

-Invite the press to your Workers Memorial Day events to increase public awareness of the dangers workers face on the job.

For more information and to order Workers Memorial Day Materials visit the AFL-CIO website at: www.aflcio.org/WorkersMemorialDay.

28Mar 2018

The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Cleveland Browns have made the list of five finalists being considered to host the 2019 or 2020 NFL Draft in Canton, Cleveland, and Northeast Ohio. The NFL Draft Committee will be in Canton on March 29th to conduct a site visit & WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Please join us for this FREE event!
Donuts & coffee will be provided, and attendees will also receive FREE admission that day to the Pro Football Hall of Fame! The first 1000 will also receive a free T-shirt (first come, first served)

When: Thursday, March 29th

Where: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Free parking will be available at McKinley High School. Please enter at the stadium at the Symphony Gate, directional signage and team members will direct you from there!

Time: 8:30 am arrival time, 9:15 am – Welcome

We want to show off the support of our wonderful community by filling the field at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium for a surprise welcome rally. Let’s show the NFL how committed our community is to bringing and supporting the NFL Draft in Northeast Ohio. Our hope is the NFL will “Bring it Home!” where the league was founded nearly 100 years ago! 

Additional Information: 
This event will take place rain or shine; we will have the ability to be under cover should inclement weather arise. There will be a possibility of a LIVE shot aired on national television (NFL Network).

We hope you will join us for this very special morning and bring your friends as ALL are welcome! WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!!

Please let us know if you plan to attend, and share your shirt size with us

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 http://iupat-dc6.org/become-a-member.