Women in Industry

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.

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

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

09Feb 2018


The Board of Trustees for the Finishing Trades Institute of the Ohio Region is currently accepting applications for a part-time Instructor position.  The position needs to be filled as soon as possible.

The Part-time Instructor will be responsible for training apprentices and journeypersons throughout Ohio focusing on Craft specific, Health & Safety.  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 Toledo, Ohio Training Center; however, will be required to travel throughout the State. Since this position requires teaching the Finishing Trades Institute developed curriculum, the applicant must be an active or retired member of one 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, as required


  • Current active or retired journeyperson of the IUPAT Finishing Trades
  • Strong journeyperson skills with a minimum four (4) years at journeyperson level with hands-on experience in the IUPAT Finishing Trades required
  • Strong varbal and written communication skills
  • 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 an hourly position based upon the IUPAT DC 6 journeyperson wage. Instructors will be paid by class taught.  Wages will be paid at journeyperson rate, for actual class time spent plus one half hour before and after.
  • Fringe Benefits are included
  • Part-time Instructor will be scheduled to teach classes for 16 – 31 hours per week
  • 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 Position should submit a resume along with a cover letter summarizing their qualifications for the position no later than March 9, 2018 via e-mail to recruiting@iupat-dc6.org. Questions? Call Nichole McCarthy at (440) 239-4575 ext. 126

08Feb 2018

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6 (IUPAT DC6) is hosting an Open House to invite men and woman in the community to learn about Careers in the Allied Trades. The event will take place at 8257 Dow Circle, Strongsville Ohio 44136 from 9: AM until 1: PM. The Open House will feature profiles of the Drywall and Finishing, Glazing, Painting, and Sign and Display Trades, along with Live Demonstrations and refreshments. Representatives from Cuyahoga Community College, Tri-C, will also be available.

“There has never been a better time to explore a career at IUPAT DC6,” exclaimed Jim Sherwood, Business Manager, Secretary/Treasurer of IUPAT DC6. “If you’ve got ambition, we’ve got opportunities.”

To download a flyer, Click HERE

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.

16Jan 2017

Learn about all the great career opportunities available to women in the construction trades from tradeswomen in those jobs.

Information is provided by the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Tradeswomen Committee
and their partners

Date: Wednesday February 1, 2017
Location: Carpenters Hall
3615 Chester Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Meet representatives from several building trades: Plumbers, Electricians, Carpenters, Iron Workers, Pipefitters, Bricklayers, Sheet Metal Workers, Painters, Glaziers, Laborers, Roofers and more!
To reserve your spot call D. Cannon 216-459-2900 or 216-459-0099 Ex. 143
Refreshment will be served

20Dec 2016

amanda-walshBack in 2012, most people had given up on me in fact, I had given up on myself. I struggled with addiction, I was a convicted felon, and I learned I was going to be a mother. With my past, who would hire me? How would I be able to support myself and someone else? I knew I had to turn my life around for my daughter’s sake, and for my own.

It wasn’t easy. I started doing commercial painting as an independent contractor, and I made decent money. It wasn’t a steady paycheck, and I didn’t have health insurance benefits. I didn’t know where my next job was coming from. But I stayed sober, and I worked hard – and then I got the break of a lifetime, a chance to join the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT).

You wouldn’t think that a bunch of Union guys wouldn’t take a chance on someone like me, but it turns out they have helped many people like me – men and women turn their life around. When I first met with my representative and I told them about my struggles with addiction, they said that everyone has a past, and welcomed me into the organization. I’ll never forget that moment, I thought it was too good to be true. I met many mentors and teachers in the weeks and months after, and I will always be grateful for the future that IUPAT has given me.

Today, as I look at my life nearly 5 years sober and with my beautiful daughter Monroe, I am so grateful for the fact that I get a solid 40 hours of work a week, when many others I know are laid off or out of a job. I have an annuity, and a pension – I’ll be able to retire someday. I can take my daughter to the doctor whenever she needs to go, and she can go to college one day if she wants to. My holiday shopping was done months ago, mostly because of overtime opportunities I had over the summer. I never dreamed that someone with my past would be able to live this kind of life.

When you hire and support union labor, please know that you are helping men and women like me have a chance to live the American dream. Men and women who are trained and certified to ensure our safety and the safety of the public who drinks the water from the tanks we seal and travels on the bridges we repair. You are hiring master craftsmen and women, who are not only held to a higher standard but create that standard for the rest of the industry. We care about our community because we are part of our community.

My name is Amanda Walsh, and I am a proud member of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.