Community Outreach

25Jan 2019

March is Potential Member Showcase Month!

January 25, 2019, Strongsville Ohio: The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6 (IUPAT DC6) is offering job seekers exciting apprenticeship and career opportunities by hosting multiple Job Fairs and Hiring Events during the month of March at their Union Halls in Youngstown, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Strongsville. The events will take place from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM, and then again from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM each day, refreshments will be provided:

  • March 1, 2019: 35 S. State Street, Youngstown Ohio 44420
  • March 8, 2019: 200 Kovach Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45215
  • March 15, 2019: 909 Front Street Toledo, Ohio 43605
  • March 22, 2019: 8700 Memorial Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43064
  • March 29, 2019: 8257 Dow Circle, Strongsville, Ohio 44136

The Job Fairs and Hiring Events 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.

“If you’re ready to shape your career, build your confidence and take control of your future – we should talk,” said Jim Sherwood, Business Manager, Secretary/Treasurer of IUPAT DC6. “Our members enjoy training, benefits, and a pension with no college debt – and you have a job while we train you, so you earn while you learn!”

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.

For more information Contact:
Nichole McCarthy

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6
(440) 239-4575 ext. 126

27Nov 2018

November 13th District Council 6 acknowledged National Apprenticeship Week at their Strongsville Union Hall. This event captured the attention of 143 attendees for various schools within the surrounding areas including; Cleveland Heights High School, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Polaris Career Center, Clearview Local Schools, Max Hayes, Warrensville Heights and Medina County Career Center. Throughout the day nineteen students completed our general application, of which included seven young woman who are seriously looking to join the IUPAT. DC 6 recruited the help of our current apprentices and staff to assist these students with hands on demonstrations to capture the feel of what our trades involve. Current apprentices inspired these students by telling their stories on why they joined the union and how it has changed their lives.

04Nov 2018

Are you a student or do you know a student doing research in the coatings industry?

Display your innovative research at the Coatings+ 2019 Poster Session! This session will focus on the presentation of research information by an individual or representatives of research teams with an academic or professional purpose.

Submit an Abstract

Selection Criteria

Posters will be reviewed by the Education Program Advisory Committee (EPAC), which is compromised of SSPC members. Each poster is evaluated in four key areas:

  • Originality
  • Quality of the abstract (clearly defines outcomes, flows smoothly)
  • Relevance/significance to the industry
  • Objectives

Each Poster Must Include the Following Categories

  • Title
  • Abstract/Introduction
  • Objectives
  • Results/Discussion
  • Future Research
  • Conclusion
  • References/Acknowledgements

Poster Presenter Responsibilities

If your poster is accepted, you must be available to attend your poster during arranged time slots to entertain questions from attendees. SSPC is not responsible for receiving or shipping posters or poster materials.

The presenter will be responsible for all arrangements to deliver and display their poster. All poster presenters accepted to present will receive a complimentary full conference registration.

Important Deadlines

  • December 1, 2018 – Submission of Abstract
  • December 12, 2018 – Notification of Acceptance
  • January 2, 2019 – First Draft of Poster Due
  • January 15, 2019 – Final Posters Due

SSPC Coatings+ 2019 
February 11 – 14, 2019

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
1000 Buena Vista Dr.
Orlando, FL 32830

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

10Mar 2018

The IUPAT DC6 Young Lions Glaziers pulled together to give back to one of their own! Thank you to everyone who came out to Rookies Sports Bar & Grille to make our fundraiser for Kelly Decrane an overwhelming success! Together, we were able to inspire a fellow sister to FIGHT LIKE A GIRL, and pull together for a great cause.

19Feb 2018

“Glaziers Go Pink”

The DC-6 Young Lions are hosting a fundraiser, March 3rd @ Rookies Sports Bar on West 130th 6-9pm- on behalf of Kelly DeCrane! Tickets to this event are $25 each- which includes all food and well drinks. There will be a door prize, side boards and Chinese raffle! There are only 42 tickets left- get them while they last. Join us for a good time and support a great cause!!

Contact Nichole McCarthy 440-239-4575 to purchase tickets

20Jan 2018
Woman's March 2018

IUPAT member Nichole McCarthy along with women from Cleveland Building Trades joined thousands of other women at Women’s March Northeast Ohio on Saturday, January 20th.  The event featured speeches by activists and politicians, including Democrat Betty Sutton, who is gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray’s running mate. The rally was followed by a march from Public Square to Cleveland City Hall and back.

Thousands of people rallied at Cleveland Public Square Saturday to promote women’s rights and a host of political and social causes.

13Oct 2017
  • Conference Attendees
  • Finishing Trades of the Ohio Region Member at the Fostering Pathways to Success conference

October 12, 2017 – Columbus, Ohio – Members of the IUPAT DC6 Finishing Trades Institute of the Ohio Region (FTIOR) took part in the 6th Annual Fostering Pathways to Success conference in Xenos, hosted by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). The event was attended by over 400 foster youth ages 14 to 24, adult caregivers and professionals. The purpose of the conference is to connect former foster youth to financial aid, housing, mentoring, and apprenticeship opportunities as they embark on their life journey.

John Husted, Ohio Secretary of State was the morning Keynote speaker. Adopted as a child, he has been a longstanding advocate for adoption and helping to pair children with healthy and loving families.

The Lunch Keynote Speaker MelissaRoshan Potter (“MelRo”), an uncommon talent who has modeled internationally for more than 15 years. She has appeared on magazine covers, billboards, print ads, national commercials, and runways, but what this respected model is most proud of is being a survivor who aged out of foster care, became a teen parent, and lived with her son in a teen-parenting homeless shelter for two years.

Attendees had the opportunity to attend a workshop entitled “ApprenticeOhio: A Path to a Great Career with No College Debt hosted by Becky DeMatteis and Matthew Longfellow. They learned that Apprenticeships can provide a smooth pathway to a good-paying, in-demand career, with no student loan debt.

IUPAT DC6 FTIOR representatives were on hand to answer questions, hand out T-Shirts, and share their own career paths with IUPAT. The conference offered many valuable resources to both young people and adult supporters alike.

19Aug 2017

District Council 6 hosted their 12th annual PATCH Golf Outing at Coppertop Golf Course on Thursday, August 3rd. A large crowd turned out and enjoyed the four person scramble format which also featured several special events including longest drive, closest to the pin, skins game, and a poker game. Raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle, combined with a delicious steak dinner and good times with friends made the event an overwhelming success. The event raised $24,000 for PATCH charities.

Founded in 2001, the members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades created the PATCH Foundation to support organizations that provide educational and medical services to our youth, as well as support local sports programs. This is the 12th year that DC6 has hosted a golf outing for PATCH. Patch Foundation support in 2017 has included the New Castle, PA WMCA, The Littlest Heroes, and the Golden String, Inc.

Helping DC6 reach their PATCH fundraising goal, the DC6 Young Lions raised $5,336, and proceeds from the “Sign Movie” from Sign and Display local 639 raised another $2,056 towards the goal. DC6 would also like to acknowledge Linda Myers for our outstanding work on the raffle baskets, and Bob Barker and Cindy Craft for the vinyl work on the plaques made by our own apprentices under the supervision of George Boots.

“Every penny that is raised goes to children’s charities throughout the council,” said Jim Sherwood, Business Manager Secretary/Treasurer for DC6. To learn more about the Painters & Allied Trades for Children’s Hope PATCH, visit 

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.