Finishing Industries Forum – FIF

This premier industry event features programs and workshops on the most pressing issues facing the construction industry. Leaders in business and the IUPAT meet to generate solutions for increasingly market share and effectively field the best-trained workforce in North America.

Attorneys Seminar

As changes in the laws, rules and legal practices governing the unique partnership of labor and management arise on a regular basis, this annual LMCI provides this exclusive venue for attorneys from both groups to receive briefings from policy experts, as well as share timely information and best practices.  CLE credit applications are facilitated by the International Foundation for those who attend.

Project Management Training 2.0

This program teaches critical core project management competencies such as estimating, budgeting, planning, scheduling and cost control. This updated version includes extended online learning options and new case studies that better reflect the changing construction industry in the 21st Century.

Estimating Essentials

A class for your “apprentice” estimator who may be a recent hire into your estimating operation, or an up and coming journey worker or foreman that you want to develop further.  This course includes study of quantity takeoff, calculation of all direct and indirect costs and concluding with the total price or bid.

Fundamentals of Successful Contracting

Another new LMCI/FTI program for 2018, this course is targeted at individuals who are seeking to advance in their field or run their own company.  It covers business strategy development, financial management, operational effectiveness and the basics for strong project management.

Mutual Gains Bargaining

Developed by faculty at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, this seminar is designed to convey both the theory and practice of a systematic approach to bargaining that results in more effective solutions, greater compliance by the parties and improved labor/management relationships.

Top Workplace Performance Steward Training Program

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades established its Top Workplace Performance Plan (TWP) to ensure only the best crafts men and women are on the job for its employers. Workers who are deemed to be unqualified to work receive additional training until they their skills are suited for the job. This class was created to assist them.

Local Roundtable Meetings

The LMCI Local Roundtable Meetings are designed to educate and provide an open forum to address industry issues. These roundtable discussions may not present all the solutions, but always allow for frank discussion and the sharing of our experiences and ideas. The labor/management roundtable meetings precede the annual LMCI Finishing Industry Forum.

Partnership and Local Area Grant Programs

The purpose of these grants are to foster improved labor and management relationships on the local level by providing financial aid to labor-management groups and labor organizations. The funds are specifically tasked with offsetting the expenses to meet on a regular basis and launch initiatives that will improve the industry for signatory contactors and union members.

Safety Training Awards Recognition (STAR)

STAR is an incentive-based rewards program that serves to improve safety awareness on the job site by rewarding safe work habits through participation in continuing safety training and education. Workers must complete the required safety courses and maintain a minimum number of safe work hours during the qualifying work period to be eligible for recognition and rewards.

The LMCI sponsors the qualified personnel of our participating employers to attend “Train-the- Trainer” Programs held at the IUPAT International Training Center (ITC). These programs cover a wide selection of Health and Safety, Technical, and Trade Skill topics.

Guidebook for Collective Bargaining

The LMCI supports local collective bargaining by providing information and facilitation when jointly requested by labor and management. If offers this guidebook to assist local area labor and management in the collective bargaining process. It provides an outline, timetable and recommendations to facilitate the meetings.

Industry Liaisons

The LMCI Industry Liaisons serve as our ambassadors to the construction industry. They work every day to:

  • Facilitate pre-jobs on national agreement projects
  • Participate in contract negotiations as a neutral party
  • Assist with the Finishing Industry Forum
  • Host the Mutual Gains Bargaining Seminar
  • Participate in industry labor/management meetings
  • Attend & participate in contractor and employer association meetings
  • Supervise the LMCI exhibit at national trade shows