Registration for 2017 LMCI Finishing Industries Forum is Open!

The 2017 Finishing Industries Forum returns to Las Vegas at the Mirage Hotel this December 3 – 6!

Click HERE to register today and reserve your spot for this premier Finishing Trades event held annually since 2005. Space is limited so act today!

The 2017 FIF is connecting labor and business leaders to learn the latest and best techniques for recruitment and successful workforce management to build a better bottom line and profit. Groups will also meet on how to increase market share in the glazing and industrial painting sectors through new training and certifications.

An important topic to be addressed is the devastating epidemic of substance abuse and suicide in construction. Did you know that the suicide rate for construction workers is the second highest of all industries? The 2017 FIF will offer resources on how we, as leaders, can save lives.

Other workshops include the opportunity for labor and management to meet face to face to discuss issues crucial to success in their local area.

Click Here to Register for 2017 FIF and to Book Your Hotel!

IUPAT Bridge Painters Featured in Documentary

The new documentary “Bridge Brothers” explores the lives of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades industrial bridge painters at work on two of Philadelphia’s most important bridges.

Order your copy today!

Risk and danger define their 12-hour days as they sandblast through layers of hazardous coatings and damaging corrosion to repaint these massive structures.

These crews are filled with grit and a wild sense of humor. As they preserve America’s bridges they also battle Mother Nature – and each other – racing against the clock to get work done under the exacting eye of their foreman and company bosses.

They are also forced to confront the personal toll of this work on their family life back home – whether home is New Jersey or Florida; Brazil or Greece. They may not be related by blood but they are brothers nonetheless. Bridge Brothers.

This documentary is available now on Blu-ray and DVD. Place your order HERE!

Here’s what people are saying about the documentary:

Melissa P. “This documentary gave me chills to see how men & women literally risk their lives climbing these bridges high above the ground to paint them, etc. I highly recommend the documentary “Bridge Brothers” which can be rented or purchased on Amazon!!!!!! A powerful portrayal of what families have to go through every day to support their loved ones. Damon, is one of the featured “Bridge Brothers” and does a great job demonstrating the risks he must take daily on his job site. While this documentary focuses on the painters of the Philadelphia area bridges, it gave me new respect of the hard work that goes behind crossing over a bridge.”
Jill N. “Just watched the other night! It was great. Recommend everyone take a watch.”
Janelle F. “I bought it. So worth the money on Amazon. It was funny and really interesting I thought.”
Frank M. “Awesome work! This is what America is all about. Great stuff! People like this keep America running. You did a great job. A+”
Gregg N. “It is the only movie I have every seen that shows how hard construction work really is, we need more of these on the other trades to show why the trades get paid what seems to be a lot, but really isn’t given the hard and dangerous work that most of them perform.”

 

The IUPAT Coating Application Specialist

The coating application specialists of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades are well trained in the up-to-date techniques, materials and equipment to truly make a difference in fighting corrosion.

Our Training is Job One

The IUPAT Finishing Trades Institute conducts industrial coating training in centers across the United States and Canada, and we continue to certify our industrial painters under the NACE 13/SSPC ACS-1 standard at our International Training Center.

Learn more about the IUPAT versus Corrosion at:

TheCoatingSolution.org

FinishingTradesInstitute.org

IUPAT.org

The IUPAT Coating Application Specialist

The coating application specialists of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades are well trained in the up-to-date techniques, materials and equipment to truly make a difference in fighting corrosion.

Our Training is Job One

The IUPAT Finishing Trades Institute conducts industrial coating training in centers across the United States and Canada, and we continue to certify our industrial painters under the NACE 13/SSPC ACS-1 standard at our International Training Center.

Learn more about the IUPAT versus Corrosion at:

TheCoatingSolution.org

FinishingTradesInstitute.org

IUPAT.org

LMCI 2017 FIF: Event to Address a Troubling Trend in Construction Industry

In December, the Labor Management Cooperation Initiative (LMCI) will once again hold its annual Finishing Industries Forum (FIF).  This event, launched in 2005, hosts IUPAT union leaders, signatory contractors and end users with the purpose of learning industry trends in our many crafts, as well as presenting the opportunity for the many companies from across the United States and Canada to gather in one place to share challenges and solutions.

The event offers presentations from industry experts and workshops facilitated by peers from both labor and management on a variety of subjects important to those who work and lead in the Finishing Trades.  This year, among other subjects offered, organizers of the event will conduct workshops for each of our key crafts, where attendees will have the opportunity to address specific industry issues facing both labor and management.  Also scheduled are updates by IUPAT Government Affairs staff on legislative issues, current and upcoming, likely to affect the trades; a Pension Fund update by Administrator Tim Maitland; a briefing on organizing efforts by IUPAT General Vice President/Organizing Jim Williams, Jr.; and rundown on training developments by Finishing Trades Institute Director Anton Ruesing.  This panel will also field questions from attendees.

One subject new to the FIF is one that is extremely important to address in the construction industry—suicide prevention.

According to a July report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the suicide rate for construction workers is the second highest of all industries (farming, fishing and forestry was first).  The report showed that 53.3 construction workers out of every 100,000 fall to suicide;  a stark difference to the overall suicide rate of 12.93 people per 100,000 in the United States.

The cause can be traced to the very nature of working in construction.  Research from the Carson J. Spencer Foundation, an organization focused on suicide prevention, has found that industries with the highest risk of suicide have the following factors:

  • A male-dominated workforce
  • A widespread substance abuse problem
  • A shift work system
  • Access to a lethal means for suicide
  • Fearlessness in a risk-taking environment

A discussion on suicide prevention, as well as the issue of substance abuse and its care, will open on the first day of the event.  The goal is to find solutions for this two-fold problem that plagues the construction industry and, ultimately, start changing these grim statistics by saving the lives of our brothers and sisters on the job site.

The 2017 Finishing Industries Forum is December 3 – 6, at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.  Go to www.LMCIonline.org for more details and registration.

Attorneys Seminar Registration Open!

Attorneys Seminar

December 2-4, 2017

The Mirage Hotel

Las Vegas, NV

REGISTRATION CUT-OFF DATE IS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Registration Is Now Open for our 14th Annual Painters and Allied Trades Labor Management Cooperation Initiative (LMCI) Attorneys Seminar.  This will be a two day seminar to be held on Sunday, December 3 & Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

There will be a golf outing and reception held on Saturday, December 2, 2017.  The golf outing will be to the Siena Golf Club.  Roundtrip transportation will be available from the Mirage.  The reception will be held that evening at the Mirage.

This seminar has proven to be invaluable for both labor and management attorneys.  The panelists and presentations are of the highest caliber in their respective fields, and because the topics discussed are specifically related to our industries, the meetings are open to all with an interest in the legal issues that face our industries.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be available for all attending attorneys upon request and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans will assist us in application and processing these requests.

The Painters and Allied Trades LMCI has secured a block of rooms at the Mirage Hotel, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109 at a room rate of $139.00 plus tax and resort fee per night.  To make your room reservations, please CLICK HERE or call (888) 278-9886.

To register to attend the seminar CLICK HERE

2017 Attorneys Seminar – Save the Date

Attorneys Seminar

December 2-4, 2017

The Mirage Hotel

Las Vegas, NV

CLE Credits Available

CLE credits for this seminar will be applied for based on requests from registrants

The Painters & Allied Trades Labor Management Cooperation Initiative (LMCI) is pleased to announce our 14th Annual Attorneys Seminar.  This will be a two day seminar to be held on Sunday, December 3 & Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

There will be a golf outing and reception held on Saturday, December 2, 2017.  Roundtrip transportation will be available from the Mirage to the golf outing.  The reception will be held that evening at the Mirage.

This seminar has proven to be invaluable for both labor and management attorneys.  The panelists and presentations are of the highest caliber in their respective fields, and because the topics discussed are specifically related to our industries, the meetings are open to all with an interest in the legal issues that face our industries.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits are available for attending attorneys.  The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans will again assist us in processing these requests.

Should you have any questions or need further assistance please contact LMCI at (888) 934-6474.

Save the Date Letter 2017 Attorneys Seminar

Industries Take Notice of the Value of Apprenticeships

The Apprenticeship Forward conference was recently held in Washington, DC and attendees heard success stories from a wide range of businesses, not only construction, about how apprenticeships can “change lives and help businesses grow.”

The US Department of Labor recently posted an article covering the event, highlighting areas about apprenticeship programs that employers should take note of:

  • Apprenticeship is a winning workforce development business strategy for companies and provides a strong return on investment: A recent Department of Commerce study indicates that the return on investment for business is approximately $1.50 for every $1 invested with a range of benefits from reduced turnover to greater productivity from apprentices.
  • Apprenticeship creates a pathway to skilled, middle-class jobs for American workers: Nearly 9 out of 10 apprentices are employed after completing their apprenticeships, with an average starting wage of more than $60,000 per year. Over the course of their careers, apprentices earn over $300,000 more in wages and benefits than their peers who do not participate in Registered Apprenticeship programs.
  • Apprenticeships allow more Americans to participate in a growing economy: Apprenticeship can revitalize whole communities by bringing well paying jobs to a diverse untapped talent pool, and has a proven success rate at decreasing youth unemployment in countries with strong apprenticeship systems like Germany and Switzerland.
  • Apprenticeship is a great investment for the public sector:  A 2012 Mathematica evaluation of 10 states found that every dollar invested in apprenticeship led to $27 in tax returns and more than $35 in total benefits. The public also benefits by leveraging private sector investments in training, estimated at over $1 billion per year.

Of course, this is nothing new for employers and leaders in the Building Trades unions, but such information does serve to help expand the market share of IUPAT employers as the business advantages of apprenticeships gains traction.

Read the DOL article HERE.