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10May 2017

The AGC Education and Research Foundation offers Workforce Development Scholarships to students enrolled in accredited technical schools or craft training programs in any discipline of commercial construction. Students in technical or approved craft training programs will have until June 1st to apply for $1,000 scholarships (renewal for up to two years) from the AGC Education and Research Foundation. The complete list of criteria can be reviewed below. All applications must be submitted online. The Education and Research Foundation is committed to taking steps to ensure students have the technical skills needed to immediately enter into the commercial construction workforce.

Link to Online Application:  https://app.wizehive.com/appform/login/AGCTrade2017

 

04May 2017

STRONGSVILLE, OH: IUPAT DC6 Business Manager Jim Sherwood presented retired IUPAT Glazier Howard Briggs a $2,500 donation from PATCH to benefit The Littlest Heroes, a nonprofit organization that seeks to positively impact the lives of children with cancer and their families, regardless of income level or zip code.

Patch donates $2,500 to The Littlest Heroes Childhood Cancer nonprofit

IUPAT Business Manager Jim Sherwood presents retired Glazier Howard Briggs with a $2,500 PATCH donation to support The Littlest Heroes organization.

“We’re a charity that supports Families that have kids with cancer,” declared Briggs who has been volunteering with The Littlest Heroes for 10 years.  “We buy parking places at the Clinic, at University Hospitals. We provide food cards, gas cards, we pay bills, we do whatever it takes short of paying the actual medical expenses.” Briggs, who is a top fundraiser for the organization, volunteers as a way to pay it forward for his wife’s recovery from cancer. “It all goes 100% back to the charity.”

The PATCH Foundation receives support from local IUPAT members, who collect donations to support a hometown charity or organization. Donations are used to address literacy, education, childhood illnesses, emotional well-being, poverty, and homelessness.

Any classic car fans in the house? IUPAT Members have another opportunity to support The Littlest Heroes on June 3rd, by participating in a charity car show the organization has planned from 9: AM until 3: PM. All cars are welcome, and the event also includes a 50/50 raffle, Chinese raffles, door prizes, plaques, and trophies. For more information on the Littles Heroes Car Show, click HERE.

27Apr 2017

STRONGSVILLE, OH (April 27, 2017) – Former Rep. Betty Sutton (D. OH) today announced the endorsement of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6 (IUPAT DC6) for the Betty Sutton for Ohio ticket in the 2018 Ohio governor’s race.

“Throughout my career, I’ve led fights against unfair trade deals that hurt Ohio workers.” Former Rep. Sutton said. “Too many Ohioans are feeling the pain of policies that help only the most privileged and powerful while leaving far too many behind.”


IUPAT DC6 is an affiliation of IUPAT local unions throughout all of Ohio and Central Kentucky. IUPAT DC6 represents 4,000 men and women who work in the Finishing Trades – commercial and industrial painters, glaziers, glass workers, drywall finishers, and sign and display workers among other crafts.

IUPAT DC6 Business Manager Jim Sherwood said IUPAT is proud to endorse Betty Sutton as the next governor of Ohio.
“Betty is not only a friend of Labor but in fact a champion for Labor,” said Sherwood. “We have a longtime relationship with Betty and have seen her work at local, state, and federal levels. She has met every challenge with equal success. Her vision to move Ohio forward is one we believe in, and we stand ready to work every day for her victory in the election.”

Follow Sutton for Ohio on Facebook and on Twitter. To learn more about the campaign visit https://www.bettysutton.com/

23Apr 2017

IUPAT Team Members from Columbus Ohio were featured on a 10TV WBNS news story showcasing their contributions on the IUPAT DC-6 Day of Community Action.IUPAT members worked to rehab a donated house that will be the first brick and mortar facility for The Freeman House, a nonprofit that provides a sanctuary for recovery through a continuum of care, building trusting relationships that last, while living a clean and sober lifestyle. Once completed, the Freeman House will be home to 6 – 8 women who will receive supportive services necessary so they don’t have to return to their old lifestyle to survive.

18Apr 2017

$75,000 in Labor and Materials Donated

April 18, 2017; Strongsville Ohio:  The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6 (IUPAT) is partnering with the AFL-CIO, United Way of Central Ohio, Bank of Labor, and Franklin County contractor Kendrick Mollenauer Painting to rehab three cutting edge nonprofit addiction treatment services; The Absolute House in Cleveland Ohio, The Freeman House in Columbus Ohio, and Brighton Recovery Center for Women in Florence Kentucky. In total, approximately $75,000 in Labor and Materials will be donated by over 40 IUPAT members on Saturday April 22nd, the IUPAT Day of Community Action.  The support is part of a district-wide initiative to focus union resources towards fighting the opioid epidemic.

“IUPAT DC6 is committed to making a positive impact in the communities in which we live and work,” said Jim Sherwood, Business Manager Secretary/Treasurer for IUPAT DC6. “Both Ohio and Kentucky have been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, we wanted to focus our resources to help treatment services that are on the front lines of the war against addiction.”

Giving back to the community isn’t new for IUPAT DC6, in 2016 they also coordinated $75,000 in Labor and Materials to 3 local nonprofit organizations on their Day of Community Action.

Cleveland area IUPAT Members will be rehabbing 19 – 25 suites with drywall and paint to convert a former convent into a sober living facility for The Absolute House, whose mission is providing the education, housing, and employment resources that empower men struggling with alcohol and drug abuse to conquer addiction and maintain sobriety.

In Columbus, IUPAT members will be helping sex trafficking victims regain their lives by rehabbing a donated house that will be the first brick and mortar facility for The Freeman House, a nonprofit that provides a sanctuary for recovery through a continuum of care, building trusting relationships that last, while living a clean and sober lifestyle. Once completed, the Freeman House will be home to 6 – 8 women who will receive supportive services necessary so they don’t have to return to their old lifestyle to survive.

The Brighton Recovery Center’s sober living house in Florence Kentucky will receive a significant facelift, thanks to local IUPAT members who will be painting and patching all the common living areas in the building, along with the bathrooms. Brighton is a 100-bed facility located in Boone County that utilizes recovery dynamics curriculum and a peer-driven model of recovery that helps women recover from chronic substance abuse and addiction, and move toward a life of sobriety and productivity.

The IUPAT Community Action Day begins at 7:AM on Saturday, April 22nd and is concluded whenever the projects are done. Local IUPAT members volunteer their time towards the projects, which are always focused on IUPAT’s home communities. For more information on the IUPAT Day of Community Action, visit http://iupat-dc6.org/news/ .

12Apr 2017

Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Fall Prevention Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.

What is a Safety Stand-Down?
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention”. It’s an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall hazards they see.

Who is it for?
Participation began with but is not limited to the construction industry, and no business is too large or small to participate. In previous years, we’ve had participants in residential construction, commercial construction, industrial construction, mining, general industry, and more. In fact, the largest single participant in 2015 and 2016 was the United States Air Force, reaching more than 1 million military and civilian personnel. Also, nearly half of certificates for participation completed through OSHA’s website were for Stand-Downs with less than 25 workers.

Why should I join in?
Falls are the leading cause of death for workers, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities and 648 of the 4,836 fatalities in all industries recorded in 2015 (BLS data). But they are also preventable! Hazard elimination, proper training, and use of fall protection can change these numbers.

When can I participate?
The 4th annual National Safety Stand-Down will officially take place May 8 – 12, 2017. During this week, major campaign partners will be providing resources and hosting stand-down events across the nation and internationally, but participation is encouraged year-round!

Where?
Over the last few years, thousands of companies participated in the Stand-Down reaching millions of workers across 50 states and internationally. Over  130 public events were held across the country last year. You can organize your own stand-down on your job site(s), join with others in your area to hold an event, or check out a list of regional events open tot he public at https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/calendar.html

How?
The Campaign website http://stopconstructionfalls.com/ provides ideas for participation on your job site through a 5-Day Plan, Success Story examples of past events, and a variety of resources such as toolbox talks, inspection checklists, videos, and free hardhat stickers that can be ordered at http://stopconstructionfalls.com/online-ordering-form/ while supplies last.

After you’ve participated, don’t forget to get an OSHA certificate at https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/#cert

 

12Apr 2017

April 12, 2017: District Council 6 of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT) has chosen the Florence nonprofit organization Brighton Recovery Center for Women (Brighton) as the recipient of their 2017 Day of Community Action on April 22nd. The move reinforces a District-wide effort to support organizations that are on the cutting edge of fighting the opioid epidemic. Union members will be patching and painting the facilities bathrooms and common areas, including the living and dining rooms.

Brighton Recovery Center for Women is a 100-bed facility located in Boone County that utilizes recovery dynamics curriculum and is a peer-driven model of recovery, a program that helps women recover from chronic substance abuse and addiction, and move toward a life of sobriety and productivity. The focus is to help the women change their behavior, skills, and attitudes related to their addictive lifestyles.
“We were extremely impressed by Brighton’s impact last year,” said Lee Denney, Business Representative for IUPAT and project coordinator. “The organization helped over 340 women battle addiction, 53% of which reported no relapse in the 6 months after completing phase one of treatment. That’s a much higher success rate that is commonly reported in addiction treatment.”

IUPAT DC6 members from Locals 123, 238, and 387 have already committed to the project, which has an anticipated value of $4,000 to Brighton.

06Apr 2017

An application process is now open for a scholarship opportunity of $1,000 to 200 eligible construction and manufacturing registered apprentices enrolled in Ohio community colleges.  The application process will close on Friday, April 30th, 2017.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services through a partnership with Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation & Ohio Association of Community Colleges, are offering the scholarship opportunities to cover equipment, tools, and work clothes for qualified apprentices.

The process consists of an application, recommendation form, and W-2 documents submitted by the apprentice.  The funding is to be used by the apprentice to offset individual costs for items such as books, tools, work clothes, etc.  Eligible applicants will be selected on a “first-come-first-served” basis.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM HERE