UNITED WE STAND
                    Provincial Newsletter of the Ontario Council of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades

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  FALL 2006

                            ONTARIO COUNCIL UPDATE

  Bill Nicholls
                             ummer has passed and the                                            It has been agreed by all par-
                             next 6 months are to be ex-                                   ties that it is in the best interest
  Ontario                    tremely busy for your lead-                                   and a “show of good faith” to ne-
  Council             ership. Three of the contractor as-                                  gotiate the CBA’s early and prior
                      sociations have been in discussion                                   to the expiration date of April
    Toronto           with me and other Council repre-                                     30, 2007 with a new CBA effec-
Locals 557, 1487,     sentatives during the summer. In-                                    tive May 1st. The new CBA’s will
                      dustry issues in the painters, gla-                                  cover over 7,000 of our members
1630, 1819, 1891,
                      ziers, drywall and stucco sectors                                    throughout the Province in the ICI
                      have been talked about. Some of           William (Bill) Nicholls    construction industry.
                      these discussions include:                      President                  Talking to the membership
   Hamilton           • Market share for the painters                                      is always productive and worthy.
   Locals 205           throughout Ontario in the ICI sector,                  Pension and benefits are the going concern to
    & 1795            • Our members becoming sub contractors in                our membership. We will be going to the bar-
                        the glass industry,                                    gaining table looking to increase the pension
   Sudbury,           • Drywall finishers demanding straight                   contribution. To maintain and provide better
   Timmins,             cheques in the ICI sector                              benefits of medical, dental and other areas of
Sault Ste. Marie      • Organizing and non-union contractors in all health care, an increase is required. Regard-
  Local 1904            of our trades,                                         ing wages, it is market share that dictates
                      • The underground economy and government                 increases. Going to the contractors with wage
   Kitchener            legislation, and                                       proposals to meet inflationary costs is reason-
   Local 1824         • An issue in all trades is sending reliable and able. Proposal meetings will occur in the next
                        productive members to job sites and hoping             few weeks at your local union meeting.
   Kingston             they show-up for work – this is a serious                    Over the summer months several meet-
                        problem                                                ings regarding stilts in the residential drywall
   Local 114
                            One common element among all of the sector continued. Business Representative,
                      industries we represent has been negotiations            Greg Smith and I met with the industry, gov-
                      of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement ernment and the CSAO. On several occasions
   Local 200          (CBA). In the spring of this year your lo- the Minister of Labour, Steve Peters was ap-
                      cal union representative brought the concept                                          ...continued on page 2
    Windsor           of early negotiations at your local monthly
   Local 1494         meetings – you approved. All employer asso-               In This Issue
                      ciations connected with our sectors has been
Sarnia/London         contacted;                                                 Three Strikes Policy .................... 2
  Local 1590          • Ontario Painting Contractors Association,                Economic Picture ....................... 4
                      • Architectural Glass & Metal Contractors
                                                                                 IFSTC Opens .............................. 7
 Thunder Bay            Association, and
  Local 1671          • Interior Systems Contractors Association                 CSAO News ............................. 13
                     “THREE STRIKES” POLICY

           our International office is adopting the “Top        time on breaks and at lunch, leave the site early, have sub-
           Workplace Performance Plan (TWPP),”                  stance abuse issues and will not seek help for the problem,
           throughout the United States and Canada to hold      and purposely show a lack of professionalism on the job.
  union members personally accountable under a “three           The minority group of members we are talking about are
  strikes” policy for preserving the “the union difference.”    a burden to employers and to the members that are on the
  The policy will be adopted in Ontario also.                   job performing a “fair days’ work.”
        General President, James Williams has mailed to the           Changes will be made to hiring hall procedures and
  membership throughout the International a video presen-       bylaws of the local unions to adopt such a plan to remove
  tation with a statement, “to put the best workforce possi-    members that fall into the non-performer group. Legal
  ble out on the job sites for our employers.” TWP provides     council will advise the leadership from each local on a
  a vehicle to address challenges our union faces in a world    method to adopt the policy. Members falling into the “three
  of an enormous decline in market share and a serious          strike” policy will face suspension, will require counsel-
  challenge from non-union workers. Our standards must          ing by the local union to address the issues, and possibly
  be more than just skill. Our members must have a positive     have their membership revoked. The member will not be
  attitude, be productive and reliable. It means every one of   denied the opportunity to the grievance procedure as per
  us must be a top workplace performer on the job.              the collective agreement or the options in the Ontario La-
        The TWP is in place to cover a small minority in our    bour Relations Act.
  union who are disruptive and poor performers on the job.            Workforce performance is one more essential point
  In other words, these are members who consistently don’t      to being one step better than the non-union workers and to
  report to work, that show-up late on the job, take extra      gain market share.

  ...continued from page 1                                      1980’s then regained, many hotels are now considering
  proached about bringing regulatory changes to permit          doing their renovations non-union once again. Demon-
  the “Pilot Project on Stilts.”                                strations have occurred at the Hilton Airport Hotel and
        The stilts situation today depends on an ergo-          Wyndham Bristol Place; both hotels are on the airport
  nomic study to determine whether stilts are safe and          strip and have a union boycott against them. In question
  ergonomically approved. The focus will be ergonomic           now is the Weston Harbour-Castle Hotel. Many mil-
  differences between working from a bench or on stilts.        lions of dollars are spent in the hotel sector each year
  We currently are working on this project to discuss an        employing our members.
  ergonomic study with the University of Waterloo and
                                                                      We are nearing the third quarter of 2006 and our
  get the approval of research funding at WSIB.
                                                                hours have declined from 2004 and 2005 in all sectors.
        Organizing continued throughout the summer. In
                                                                In 2004 it was an incredible year with massive construc-
  London, Kitchener, Toronto, Niagara regions there was
                                                                tion in both the ICI and residential sectors as our indus-
  some success. Organizing attempts continued in Kings-
  ton, Ottawa and in Sault Ste. Marie. One large organiz-       try hours peaked to a record high of 6.7 million hours.
  ing campaign is ongoing in Orillia, Ontario at Pattison       In 2005 there was an 11% decrease of construction
  Signs. There are between 60-80 employees at this com-         and again another 9% decline so far this year from
  pany earning sub-standard wages without any benefits.         the same time in 2004. Next year, 2007 is expected to
  The Orillia company is the “sister” facility of Pattison      be a similar year as 2006.
  Signs in Scarborough that is currently signatory to Lo-             One last piece of information is to be employable.
  cal Union 1630.                                               You must have the required training before going to
        Essential to the Toronto area is the hotel sector.      work for a contractor. WHMIS, power elevated plat-
  Business Representative, Michael Colafranceschi has           forms, and fall protection are required training certifi-
  been working diligently to be sure we maintain market         cates you need to get hired. This training is ongoing at
  share in the hotels. Once lost to the non-union in the late   both training facilities.

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               The Central Ontario Building Trades softball tournament was
                held once again this year and won by District Council 46,
               Local 1819 lead by Business Representatives Dermot Lynch
                                    and Sean Keogh.

              Painters Conduct Survey in the
             Commercial/Institutional Sectors

         ver 1,000 Ontario IUPAT painters received a    mentioned the real problems are in the commercial/in-
         letter outlining our market share issues and stitutional sectors. This does not mean we don’t have
         requested to answer a survey with ideas and concerns in the industrial sectors around Ontario – we
comments about our market share problems in Ontario do! It is imperative we organize constantly and make
before we go into negotiations. As our union industry every effort to maintain that market share daily.
hours decline and competition for our union contractors       What can we do to fix it? Organizing is always an
increase, we cannot hide our heads                                           answer but not as easy as it sounds.
in the sand and think there is not a                                         Lowering ourselves to the non-
problem with the industry.                     NOTE: IF YOU                  union conditions is never the route
     Issues such as an underground         HAVE NOT FILLED                   a union wants to go either. Being
economy, an inferior quality of                                              creative perhaps helps along with
work, owners/clients not caring             OUT THE SURVEY                   the lobbying and political action
about using union contractors, the        PLEASE DO & MAIL!                  initiatives necessary to change leg-
government not releasing projects                                            islation and fix the things that are
and the fact that entering into the                                          beyond our control. Amending the
paint business is relatively simple. These are all mat- collective agreement to have our contractors more com-
ters beyond our control as union members and union      petitive is another course of action but keeping in mind
contractors.                                            not to “race to the bottom” with the non-union side.
     We are challenged daily to compete in the new            The purpose of the survey is to get some ideas
construction commercial/institutional sectors and re- from you, the membership, we don’t have all the an-
paint work is practically non-union everywhere. As      swers!!!

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                Economic Picture Around Ontario
         Excerpts from “Ontario Construction Secretariat 2006 Market Trends”

           he Toronto area has the largest membership in of years.
           Ontario with best market share for painters in           Windsor/ Sarnia have traditionally relied on heavy
           most sectors – not all. Box stores, small com- industrial. London with light industrial is a strong com-
   mercial construction, retail stores, schools, financial mercial/institutional area with a high density of non-
   institutions etc. are a problem for our contractors to     union contractors. Recently Ford announced a closure
   compete. We still need to recognize the problem of not in Windsor that will have some affect on the auto indus-
   controlling market share in many commercial sectors.       try spinning into our market. Commercial/institutional
         Eastern Ontario as other areas of Ontario is a chal- work has declined as our hours demonstrate a decline
   lenge to increase hours in the commercial/institutional of work by our members. We have a small union con-
   sectors for IUPAT members. Commercial activity is on tractor base and it is difficult for our contractors to get
   an upward trend with a high demand for commercial, work in the commercial/institutional sectors. Our mem-
   retail space and hospital construction in the Ottawa       bers are forced to work on enabled projects because
   area. There are a number of projects in Cornwall as our union contractors cannot get the market share. The
   the building permits increased in                                                consolation to the enabled rates is

   2006. In Kingston, during the first                                              at least the membership receive
   six months of 2006 there is an in-          In Kingston, during                  full pension and medical benefits
   crease of 81% in building permits          the first six months                  when they work. Sarnia will expe-
   in the commercial/institutional             of 2006 there is an                  rience plenty of industrial work.
   construction sectors from 2005.                                                  Between chemical valley and the
                                                increase of 81% in
   There are large projects planned                                                 Bruce Power project the member-
   in both Ottawa and Kingston how-              building permits                   ship will be busy.
   ever there are no start dates and           in the commercial/                         In northern Ontario it is al-
   our union contractor base for this                institutional    “             ways a struggle for the member-
   work is relatively small. We can           construction sectors                  ship. In north-eastern Ontario
   only hope our contractors get the                  from 2005.                    hospitals are scheduled for North
   work in 2007. Importantly, we                                                    Bay, Sudbury, and Sault Ste. Ma-
   must evaluate the work that we                                                   rie. There are no conclusive start
   did in 2005/2006 with our contractors versus the work dates. There has been a drop of 30% in commercial and
   completed by the non-union contractors.                    a decline of 22% in institutional construction. Overall
         Hamilton/Niagara and Kitchener areas are the construction was down 30.6% over 2005.
   second largest economic region in Ontario although               In north-western Ontario construction increased
   overall investment declined in 2006 from 2005. In          in 2005 by 16% with commercial work at a 44% in-
   Hamilton there are plans to build a $90 million addi- crease. In 2006 the ICI construction sector declined
   tion to the Hilton Hotel, $90 million for a conference with commercial down 26%, institutional down 7%
   centre, an $80 million aquarium and a $65 million hotel    and industrial declined by 15%. A hopeful note in
   and water park. There was a 163% increase of build- Thunder Bay is the $730 million diamond mine slated
   ing permits in 2006 for institutional work compared to to start this year. There appears there is going to be
   2005 with projects at Brock University, Niagara Gen- an 11% growth in commercial construction in 2006-
   eral Hospital, and schools. Hamilton with an industrial    07. We have a couple of contractors struggling to get
   base is slow with the steel industry trying to decide on   a market that is dominated by non-union contractors.
   their future in the meantime union commercial work Unfortunately the area depends on the forestry sector
   is minimal. Permit values in 2006 for the Kitchener/       that has basically collapsed. Mills are closing and those
   Waterloo areas are up 13.6% compared to 2005. Kitch- that are not closing are forced to scale back production.
   ener/Waterloo remains the second best market share in It is a serious problem in Thunder Bay with basically
   the province. In the area there are several billions of very little market share in the commercial institutional
   dollars contemplated and preparing of plans for future sectors and an absolute need to organize outside of the
   work, but this is not guaranteed to happen for a couple industrial construction sector.

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                      DISTRICT COUNCIL 46 MEMBERS
                           ACCLAIM LEADERSHIP

  Bill Nicholls – Business            Ken Burley          Michael Colafranceschi               Dermot Lynch               Greg Smith
Manager/Secretary Treasurer     Business Representative   Business Representative         Business Representative   Business Representative

           ominations were held throughout all ten Local Unions in District Council 46 during the month of May to
           elect the Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer, and four Business Representatives of the Council. Local
           Unions were nominating and electing their executive officers, trustees and delegates to the council. Elec-
 tions were held in June for an officer in Local 1891 and district council delegates in Local 557.
       William (Bill) Nicholls was re-elected to a third term as Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer. Michael
 Colafranceschi and Dermot Lynch were re-elected to second terms while Greg Smith and Ken Burley were elected
 for the first time. In July, District Council 46 delegates nominated and elected their executive board in the Coun-
       Thanks to the entire membership from all members nominated and elected in District Council 46 and the
 Local Unions.

                          Windsor/Sarnia/London Locals 1494 / 1590
                                         Business Manager — Kevin Elliott
                              Business Representative / Organizer — Simon Hazelwood

                Windsor Executive Board                                             London / Sarnia Executive Board

               President — Lorne Thornton                                                    President — Jim Chad
           Vice President — Christopher Elliott                                       Vice President — Richard Dubreuil
          Financial Secretary — Randy Coomber                                       Financial Secretary — Daniel Thompson
         Recording Secretary — Michael Rousseau                                      Recording Secretary — Daniel Brooks
                Treasurer — Robert Lantz                                                  Treasurer — Allen St. Jean
              Trustee — Patrick McLaughlin                                                Trustees — Mitch Cossette
                                                                                                       Ronald K.J. Last Jr.

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                                              GOVERNMENTS TAKING

                             Federal Budget                      • Full tax exemption on scholarships, fellowships &
                  On May 2nd the Government of Canada              bursaries to those entitled to the education credit com-
          announced the 2006 federal budget. It was the first      mencing in late 2006 – previously only entitled to the
           for the new Conservative government of Stephen          first $3,000.00
           Harper and for Minister of Finance, Jim Flaherty.     • A new tax credit of up to $2,000K for employers who
        Many of the campaign promises were included in             hire and train an apprentice and a $1000.00 annual
   the new budget some will affect our working families;           cash grant to apprentices for the first 2 years of an ap-
   • reducing GST from 7% to 6% effective July1st and a            prenticeship training program;
     further reduction to 5% in a future budget,                 • Trades people are entitled to a maximum deduction
   • introduction of the monthly child care allowance,             of $500.00 for the cost of tools in excess of $1,000.00
   • inclusion of a broad-based tax relief,                        that they purchase effective May 2, 2006 and were ac-
   • employment tax credits,                                       quired as a condition of their employment - including
   • apprenticeship tax credits as incentives to employers,        a GST rebate on the amount of the deduction,
   • $5.5 billion over 4 years towards infrastructure proj-      • Tax Relief to Pensioners is increased to $2,000.00 (a
     ects.                                                         first since 1975) removing 85,000 pensioners from the
         The 2005-06 federal surplus is estimated to be $8         tax rolls.
   billion. Government is planning to reduce the debt by                Risk to the Canadian economy exists largely by
   $3 billion each year within a two year timeframe.             external uncertainty over commodity prices, the U.S.
                                                                 economy, increase of the Canadian against the U.S. dol-
            Some information that will                           lar and as adjustments are made to global imbalances.
         affect IUPAT families in the new                        (Note: such uncertainties also affect pensions)
                  federal budget:                                       More information on the Federal budget and the
   • Families are to receive Universal Child Care Benefit        Canadian economy can be found at; www.fin.gc.ca or
                                                                 written information may be requested by email: servic-
     (UCCB) of $100 for each child under the age of 6
     years commencing July 1st,
   • The tax rate for lower income families increased from              How will Canadians really
     15% to 15.25% effective Jul.1st and to 15.5% for fu-             benefit from the new budget?
     ture years,                                                 • a family purchasing a new $200,000. house will save
   • A Textbook Tax Credit may be claimed by a parent up           $1280.00 in GST
     to $65.00 per month during the school term. A full-time     • $20,000 to purchase furnishings in a new house will
     student is eligible to claim the education credit while       bring a saving of $200.00 in GST
     part-time students may claim $20.00 per. month,             • lower GST and a new base on personal income tax,
   • Children’s Fitness Tax Credit up to $500. relating to         there will be reductions on taxes (e.g.): family income
     enrollment of a child under the age of 16 so long the         from $30,000 - $45,000 will save $370 in 2006 on
     child is in an eligible program of physical activity          average and in 2007 will save almost $500.
     (government needs to consult with experts on the defi-            The above savings are in addition to the Universal
     nition of an “eligible program of physical activity”        Child Care Benefit that will provide all families with
   • Effective July 1st a tax credit for Public Transit Passes   $100.00 per month for each child under the age of 6,
     for individuals & dependent children under the age of       effective July 1, 2006.
     19 years,

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     Interior Finishing Systems
       Training Centre Opens

                                                                                                  Ke n R
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          rywall finishers, stucco workers, plasterers,   Executive Board. A cheque                          aid
          and asbestos removers in the IUPAT family       from the GEB was giv-
          of trades now have a new home. The Interior     en in the amount of
Finishing Systems Training Centre officially opened       $40,000.00 and an ad-
its’ doors in grand style on July 13th showcasing the     ditional contribution
facility. Representation from the two unions, members,    of $29,000.00 rep-
contractors, government and industry participated in      resenting $100.00
the event at 60 Sharer Road, Woodbridge, Ontario.         for each registered
      Representing the IUPAT was General Executive        apprentice donated
Vice-President, Ken Rigmaiden and General Vice-           from the Labour Man-
President, Robert Kucheran. General President, Jim        agement Co-operation
Williams expressed regrets as travel complications pre-   Initiative (LMCI). The
vented him from leaving the U.S. Representatives from     LMCI grant will be used to as-
the Ontario Council of Painters and District Council 46   sist in promoting apprenticeship, promote job place-
were also in attendance.                                  ments, and research for the use of stilts in the residen-
      The 45,000 square foot building will open the       tial workplace.
doors to more extensive skills training and accom-              Ontario Minister of Labour, Steve Peters brought
modate health & safety training for all workers in our    greetings and congratulations from the Province of
trades. EGVP Rigmaiden told guests that, “being able      Ontario. In his message he emphasized the success of
to participate with partners is a true testimony to our   our industry is unlike any other and the strong com-
industry creating an opportunity for our workers.”        mitment from the McGuinty government towards
He expressed, “the District Council 46 leadership is      training initiatives in Ontario is genuine. He also ac-
commended for its’ diversity and organizing in the in-    knowledged the strong partnership between labour and
dustries we represent for those workers with different    management in getting together to build such a facility.
backgrounds – this facility will be a place for them.”    Unable to attend but sending a message of congratula-
      Perhaps the highlight of the day was the generous   tions to the IFSTC on a fine job of meeting the training
contributions made by EGVP Rigmaiden on behalf of         requirements towards Canada’s youth was Member of
General President, Williams and the IUPAT General         Parliament, Judy Sgro.

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CONGRATUALTIONS                    Executive and District
                                   Council Delegates from
                                   Local  being sworn into
                                   office June 1, 00.

                                          Brother Dan Kinnard
                                         of Local 19 with his
                                         apprenticeship award.

                  Business Representative
                  Michael Colafranceschi
                  presenting Luis Pavez of
                  Local  with 0+ year

                     Business Representative
                      Michael Colafranceschi
                        presenting + years
                      of service pins to Local
                        members Anthony
                    Castellano, Remo Rotondi,
                          and Horst Ritschell.

                                   District Council  BM/ST
                                   Bill Nicholls presents
                                   Ed Garner of Local 19
                                   an award for completion
                                   of apprenticeship and
                                   becoming a journeyperson.

                                             District Council 
                                      Business Representative
                                   Dermot Lynch congratulates
                                    Brother Lloyd Haughton on
                                     his retirement from Local
                                      1819, Glaziers and Metal

                  District Council 
                  Representative Sean Keogh
                  congratulates Brother Eric
                  Rausch on his retirement
                  from Glaziers and Metal
                  Mechanics, Local 1819.

                      Financial Secretary Fred
                   Klust of Local 1819 Glaziers
                         and Metal Mechanics
                   congratulates Brother Peter
                    Webster on completing his

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                                                                                                                Anti-smoking law

             New anti-smoking law
             Fighting the primary cause of avoidable death and disease in Ontario

                  The Smoke-Free Ontario Act came
                  into force in May 2006. Smoking
                  inside any enclosed workplace is
                  now illegal.

                  How the law affects

                  Smoking is banned in all
                  enclosed workplaces. An area is
                  “enclosed” if it is covered by a roof
                  and has more than two walls. This
                  means it’s illegal to smoke in
                  ➤ buildings, whether completed
                    or still under construction
                                                          Do you smoke?                           bronchitis, emphysema, asthma,
                                                                                                  and impotence, among other
                  ➤ jobsite trailers                      Tobacco smoke harms the health of       diseases and conditions.
                  ➤ company vehicles.                     both smoking and non-smoking
                                                          construction workers.                   Web resources
                  It is not illegal to smoke
                                                          Workers who are exposed to toxins       Smoke-Free Ontario Act
                  ➤ outside                               such as asbestos, silica, and lead      www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/DBLaws/
                  ➤ in an outdoor smoking shelter         increase their chances of getting       Statutes/English/94t10_e.htm
                    that has no more than two             disease from these substances by
                    walls and a roof                      being exposed to smoke. The risk is     How the new law affects
                                                          increased by synergistic biological     workplaces
                  ➤ inside a building that has no                                                 www.mhp.gov.on.ca/english/health
                                                          mechanisms (hazards working
                    more than two walls and a
                                                          together) or by accidental exposure     /smoke_free/legislation.asp
                    roof or ceiling
                                                          through the mouth or skin when
                                                                                                  Ministry of Health Promotion’s
                  ➤ in a partially finished structure     smoking with contaminated hands.
                    without a roof                                                                Smoke-Free Ontario web site
                                                          Smoking is the primary cause of         www.mhp.gov.on.ca/english/health
                  ➤ in a vehicle enclosed only by a       avoidable premature death and           /smoke_free/default.asp
                    cage or completely open to the        disease in Ontario.1 Tobacco causes
                    outside air.                                                                  Health Canada’s “Go Smokefree”
                                                          16,000 deaths in Ontario every
                                                                                                  web site
                  Fines are up to $5,000 for an           year and costs the economy at least
                  individual and $10,000 for a            $1.7 billion annually in health care.
                  company.                                Tobacco smoke causes lung cancer,
                                                                                                  US Surgeon General’s recent
                  The new law is the cornerstone of       heart disease, stroke, chronic
                                                                                                  report on secondhand smoke
                  the provincial government’s                                                     www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/
                                                           Ministry of Health Promotion fact
                  Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy.                                                    secondhandsmoke/
                                                          sheet Health Effects of Smoking.

                        Article courtesy of the Construction Safety Association of Ontario 1-800-781-2726 www.csao.org

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           Mould removal using dry ice

              Blasting mould with dry ice
              An outline of hazards involved when using dry ice to remediate mould

                 Dry ice blasting uses compressed     oxygen deficiency and frostbite.       This is very loud. Decibels
                 air to shoot rice-sized pellets of   CSAO recently measured worker          increase according to a particular
                 frozen carbon dioxide (CO2) at       exposures during dry-ice blasting      logarithm scale, such that when
                 extremely high speed through a       for mould removal in a                 noise level doubles, the decibels
                 blasting gun onto a mould-           residential basement. Researchers      go up by only three units. That
                 contaminated surface.                measured noise, carbon dioxide,        means 114.8 dBA is more than
                                                      and oxygen (O2) levels over two        900 times as powerful as the
                 The impact removes a thin layer
                                                      hours. When researchers                Ministry of Labour’s proposed
                 of the surface along with any
                                                      measured potentially hazardous         exposure limit of 85 dBA for an
                 mould, and the dry ice turns
                                                      levels of carbon dioxide and           8-hour work day. At 114.8 dBA,
                 into gas (carbon dioxide). The
                                                      oxygen, the blasting was stopped       workers will be overexposed to
                 mould, along with the surface
                                                      until mechanical ventilation was       noise in about 30 seconds if they
                 debris, either becomes airborne
                                                      added to the operation.                don’t use hearing protection.
                 or falls to the ground.
                 Depending on the surface being                                              CO2 and oxygen
                 blasted and the amount of
                                                      Researchers measured an average
                 mould contamination, workers                                                The table below shows the
                                                      noise level of approximately
                 can be exposed to a hazardous                                               current exposure limit for
                                                      114.8 dBA (decibels on the A
                 amount of dust and mould.                                                   carbon dioxide and the
                 Workers can also be exposed to                                              minimum level of oxygen. The
                 high levels of carbon dioxide                                               table on page 11 shows the
                 and noise. Other hazards include                                            researchers’ measurements before
                                                                                             and after mechanical ventilation
                                                                                             was introduced.

                                                                         Allowable exposure levels
                                                                        Carbon dioxide                   in parts per
                                                                                                         million (PPM)
                                                                        Time-Weighted Average Exposure
                                                                        Value (TWAEV),                 5,000
                                                                        8-hour exposure limit
                                                                        Short-Term Exposure Value
                                                                        (STEV), 15-minute exposure       30,000

                                                                        Oxygen level
                                                                        Oxygen in the air should not be less than 19.5% by
                                                                        volume at any time. Normal air contains 21.8% oxygen.

                       Article courtesy of the Construction Safety Association of Ontario 1-800-781-2726 www.csao.org

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                                                                                        Mould removal using dry ice

                  Recommendations                        CSAO field measurement results
                  ➤ Dry-ice blasting can generate                                              Concentration in
                    carbon dioxide levels well       Carbon dioxide                            parts per million
                    above the Time-Weighted                                                    (PPM)
                    Average Exposure Value
                    (TWAEV).                         STEV (worst 15-minute period)             23,000

                      Above 20,000 ppm, carbon       Average before ventilation added          20,000
                      dioxide may cause a feeling    Average after ventilation added           15,000
                      of heaviness in the chest or
                      more frequent and deeper       Highest concentration measured            27,000
                      respirations. You need         Oxygen                                    Concentration (%)
                      adequate ventilation to meet
                      the 8-hour TWAEV of            Average before ventilation added          20.2%
                      5,000 ppm.                     Average after ventilation added           20.4%
                      Air-purifying respirators      Lowest concentration measured             19.8%
                      used for protection against
                      mould and dust do not
                      protect against oxygen         ➤ You should continuously          ➤ HEPA-filtered equipment for
                      deficient atmospheres or         monitor oxygen and carbon          clean-up.
                      high levels of carbon            dioxide levels during blasting
                                                                                        Ensure you dispose of
                      dioxide. Only supplied-air       operations using properly
                                                                                        contaminated materials properly.
                      respirators are sufficient.      calibrated instruments.
                                                                                        For more detail on mould
                  ➤ Dry ice blasting is extremely    You need the following when
                    noisy. Workers should wear                                          remediation procedures please
                                                     cleaning mould-contaminated
                    both earplugs and muffs.                                            refer to Mould Guidelines for the
                                                                                        Canadian Construction Industry,
                  ➤ Because the temperature of       ➤ a means of enclosing and         a document published by the
                    dry ice is about -70° C, the       isolating the work area from     Canadian Construction
                    worker doing the blasting          the rest of the building         Association (www.cca-acc.com/
                    should always wear insulated                                        mould/index.html).
                                                     ➤ negative-air HEPA filtration
                    gloves. All other workers
                    should wear disposable           ➤ personal protective
                    gloves.                            equipment

                        Article courtesy of the Construction Safety Association of Ontario 1-800-781-2726 www.csao.org

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           Ongoing research

              Research on health and safety
              CSAO working for you

                 CSAO is working with various
                 partners on five practically
                 oriented research studies.
                 Noise, vibration, and
                 musculoskeletal loads for
                 boilermakers. CSAO researchers
                 will identify the types and
                 intensities of noise, vibration, and
                 musculoskeletal loading when
                 boilermakers use pneumatic tools.
                 They will also identify high-risk
                 activities and recommend control
                 and prevention measures.
                 Adopting ergonomic innovation.
                 This study explores the reasons
                 why some companies adopt new
                 ergonomic equipment or
                 procedures and why others don’t.
                 Researchers will examine the
                 degree to which a small number of
                 high-profile companies can
                 influence other companies to
                 purchase and use a hydraulic rack
                 for getting portable ladders on and
                 off vans.
                 Mechanical devices for drywall
                 finishing. This study will
                 document the possible ergonomic,
                 health, safety, and productivity
                 benefits of using a mechanical         handle either full- or half-weight     controlled lab-based experiments
                 drywall finishing system, an           bags of cement.                        with workers using a multi-
                 electric drywall sanding machine,                                             directional vibrating robotic
                                                        Whole-body vibration. This             platform.
                 and a mechanical drywall taping
                                                        study will evaluate the relationship
                                                        between operator comfort and           For more information, contact
                 Lifting cement bags. Researchers       multi-directional vibration in some    CSAO’s Enzo Garritano:
                 will examine the differences in        construction vehicles. During phase    enzoga@csao.org
                 biomechanical loading of the           one of the study, researchers will
                 lower back—and the related             measure vibration exposure in
                 potential for musculoskeletal          actual vehicles. During phases two
                 injuries—when masonry workers          and three, researchers will perform

                        Article courtesy of the Construction Safety Association of Ontario 1-800-781-2726 www.csao.org

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              Fall 2006             Page 1
             Municipal Elections
              November 13th

     T                                                                       Candidates Endor
             hroughout Ontario elections will be held on Monday No-
             vember 13th for municipalities and school boards. IUPAT
             members and their families are not only urged to get out and
     vote but to also participate in the campaigns of “labour friendly”
     candidates. It is important to support candidates in your area that     Toronto Mayor: David Miller
     will speak out and support issues that are close to the goals and ob-
     jectives of our collective working families.                                            dr. Sandra anThony anTho
                                                                                                    Ward 7
           Supporting a candidate is not just giving them funds to offset
     expenses in their campaigns. You as a member can do a lot by as-              Stan Nemiroff        Stephnie Payne, Wa
                                                                                      Wards 1-2
     sisting in placing signs, delivering leaflets and knocking on doors
     in support of the candidate. There is no doubt the candidate is very
     grateful in your contribution in any way that you can help.                   CadiGia ali                         mar
                                                                                     Ward 2                           auGim
           To demonstrate the importance of your local election is the                                                 Ward
     clear issue of “fair wage policy” in your area. In areas such as To-
     ronto, Thunder Bay, and Hamilton such policy brings thousands of                                                 SwEEn
     working hours to our members in a union environment. It is not                                                    Ward 1
     only important to have such a policy but it is equally important to                                        elizabeth h
                                                                                                                 Wards 11-1
     maintain that policy.
           An example to maintain the policy is in Toronto. On numerous         lillian lanCa                paul FErrEira
     occasions “Merit Shop” or non-union contractors along with some                 Ward 3                     Ward 11

     citizen groups and city councillors challenge the union collective        Christina Buczek, Wards 3-4
     agreements and fair wage policy in the Municipality of Toronto. As                                                  M
     late as this past May, unions and concerned groups had to appear                                           hamara a
     and present deputations to a committee of councillors to prevent the                                        Ward 13
     exclusion of the union agreements at the city. DC 46 BM/ST, Bill                        Bruce Davis          irene atki
     Nicholls was accompanied by representatives and employers at city                        Wards 5-6             Wards 13

     hall with other building trades’ workers to send a message to coun-
     cilors about the benefits of having union collective agreements. The
     result was a close vote in favour of keeping the union contracts by
     a 4 to 3 majority. We had labour supporters that swung the vote in
     our favour that makes all the difference and the purpose of support                               Catholic Trustees
     to labour candidates.                                                                             Maria Rizzo, North Yo
           In the event we would have lost the vote and subsequently the                               Mario Pileggi, Toronto
                                                                                                       Catherine LeBlanc-Mil
     union agreements we would have had an enormous political battle                                   Cindy Beman, Toronto
     to fight. The same issue applies in other areas with the policy. Im-
     portantly your local union leadership knows the labour supporters       legend:
     in your area and you must depend on their knowledge of a candidate      CouNCilloRS
     and platform that best serves the membership. If there is not a fair
                                                                             Public Trustees
     wage policy in your local area you should get a commitment from
     candidates to support the issue before supporting the candidate.
           Your local leadership knows the issues and supports those can-
     didates that support us. The map at right shows the candidates being
     supported in District Council 46. .

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rsed by the Toronto & York Region Labour Council
ony pErruzza                              Ed ShillEr                          david roBErTSon
 Ward 8                                    Ward 24                                 Ward 41
 ards 7-8                      Rolland Kacsoh                appoline aldea                 Shaun Chen
                                 Wards 23-24                    Wards 39-40                  Wards 41-42
                                                ShEllEy Carroll
                                                    Ward 33

ria         Mitchell Worsoff                       Michael Coteau
mEri           Wards 9-10                            Wards 33-34

h           howard                                     SuSan                            GlEnn
nEy         moSCoE                                     SalEk                        dEBaErEmakEr
12           Ward 15                                   Ward 34                         Ward 38
hill   Mark Riczu, Wards 15-16         Jim McQueen                  David Smith, Wards 37-38            Nadia Bello, Wards 43-44
12                                       Wards 25-26

   alEJandra      JoE                    david ThomaS               dan harriS
     Bravo      mihEvC                       Ward 26                  Ward 35
     Ward 17    Ward 21
                 Josh Matlow                         JanET daviS
                                         dianE          Ward 31
                  Wards 21-22                                          Robert Spencer
Maria Rodrigues                      alExopouloS
                                                                         Wards 35-36
   Wards 17-18             kylE raE     Ward 29
                            Ward 27                     Sheila
adam GiamBronE                                     Cary-Meagher
      Ward 18                                         Wards 31-32
 inson       Chris Bolton Joel Dick
3-14          Wards 19-20 Wards 27-28
               JoE                     paula      Sandra BuSSin
             Ward 19
                                       Ward 30
                                                       Ward 32
                                                                                                    York Region
                       pam mCConnEll
                           Ward 28
                                                                          King City, Mayor Steve Pellegrini

                                                                          Town of Georgina, Dave SzolloSy, Ward 3
                                                                          Town of Markham, eRiN ShaPeRo, Ward 2
ller, South Toronto
                                                                          Town of Richmond Hill, elio Di ioRio, Ward 5
                                                                          Town of Richmond Hill, SaNDRa Di ioRio, Ward 6
                                                                          Newmarket Regional Councillor, JohN TayloR

                                                                          york Region District School Board
                                                                          Wards 1-2, Markham: Stan Korolnek
                                                                          Wards 7-8, Markham: Neethan Shan

                                                                                        *Endorsements current at time of printing.

                                                                     Fall 2006                                                       Page 19
                                                                      Presenting a cheque in
                                                                      the amount of $2,000 is
                                                                      DC 46 Business Manager/
                                                                      Secretary Treasurer Bill
                                                                      Nicholls to Hatice Kosek.
                                                                      Also present is her father,
                                                                      Local 1891 member Ahmet
                                                                      Kosek. Hatice is a second
                                                                      year student at Ryerson
                                                                      University in applied science
                                                                      studying to become an
                                                                      electrical engineer.

           Presenting a cheque in the
           amount of $2,000 is DC 46
             Business Representative
              Michael Colafranceschi
             to Marcella Derose. Also
           present is her father Local
           557 member Frank Derose.
             Marcella is attending the
            University of Toronto as a
          Psychology major and minor
                             in French.

                        $5,000 GRANT
   Available from the IUPAT Washington, D.C. of-            • applicants must supply a high school transcript,
   fice are the, S. Frank “Bud” Raftery Scholarship         • must supply a history of athletic participation from
   Program, A.L. “Mike” Monroe and Ralph D. Wil-               a high school,
   liams, III Sports Scholarship Program.                   • must be registered in a university athletic program,
   To be eligible for the award:                            • a letter of recommendation from a coach or ath-
   • candidates must be a legal dependent of an IUPAT          letic director of an educational institute chosen to
       member in good standing,                                attend,
   • the student must enroll in a school of their choice • a record of additional financial aid the student is
       within 1 year of the award date,                        receiving
                                  Call your Local Union office for an application!!

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LABOUR DAY                      WINDSOR

                                                           It was a beautiful day
                                                           for the 2006 Labour
                                                           Day Parade in Windsor.
                                                           Local members showed
                                                           their support in record

                 IN MEMORY
                    ROBERT HADLEY – Bob passed away on May 8, 2006 after
                   illness at the age of 55. Bob was a long time member of Painters, Local
                 Union 205, Hamilton and employee of Onyx (CH Heist). He served on the
           Local 205 executive board at the time of his death and was always an activist in
         support of his “brothers” on the job. Bob leaves behind his wife Francine, along with
     children and grandchildren. Bob will be dearly missed not only by his personal family but
    also his working family.

VERNE HAWKINS – Verne was a dedicated union member in Local Union 114,
  Kingston, Ontario. Verne passed away following illness on August 6, 2006 shortly
      prior to his 73rd birthday. Verne’s humour was appreciated by his many
             friends and will be dearly missed by his family and working
                      friends in Kingston.

                                     Fall 2006                                               Page 1
                     TRAINING             OIFSC AND IFSTC UPDATE
   OIFSC                                                                IFSTC
   130C Toro Road, Toronto, Ontario                                     60 Sharer Road, Woodbridge, Ontario
   416-635-7300                                                         416-740-5411

   Next courses available:                                              Next courses available:
   Toronto (Painters)                                                   Advanced Drywall Finisher and Plasterer
          Basic                 Oct. 30, 06 – Dec. 22, 06                     Oct. 30, 06 – Dec. 21, 06
          Intermediate          Jan 8, 07 – Mar. 2, 07
          Advanced              Mar. 12, 07 – May 4, 07                 Advanced Drywall Finisher and Plasterer
                                                                              Jan. 2, 07 – Feb. 22, 07
   Toronto (Glaziers)
          Basic                 Oct. 30, 06 – Dec. 22, 06               Basic Drywall Finisher and Plasterer
          Intermediate          Jan. 8, 07 – Mar. 2, 07                        Feb. 26, 07 – Apr. 19, 07
          Advanced              Mar. 12, 07 – May 4, 07
                                                                        Upgrading courses:
   Ottawa (Glaziers)                                                    • WHIMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information
         Advanced               Jan. 8, 07 – Mar. 2, 07                   System)
         Intermediate           Mar. 12, 07 – May 4, 07                 • Fall Protection
                                                                        • PEWP (Powered Elevating Work Platforms)
              Dates and levels may be changed if necessary.             • Propane in Construction
            Apprentices should always call to confirm their seats.      • SAE (Suspended Access Equipment)
                                                                        • Asbestos Awareness
   Training and Development Update                                      • First Aid (Level A CPR)
   Computer Training – Want to learn computers? This is                 • Basics of Supervising
   your chance to use/better use computer software at home
   or at work. This course is starting late September                   Call the IFSTC for more information at 416-740-5411

   Propane Training – This new H&S course will be of
   interest to those handling propane. This course will begin
   in December.                                                            ONTARIO MINISTRY OF LABOUR
                                                                            LOOKING FOR INSPECTORS
   Floor Coatings Training – Discussions are ongoing with
   manufacturers/specialists regarding the delivery of coatings           Do you have an interest in becoming an inspector
   applications certification. The course is scheduled to start           in the construction industry? Recruiting is taking
   before the end of 2006 and into 2007 – keep in touch!                  place for Occupational Health and Safety Inspec-
                                                                          tors. Construction specialists are required for the
   Industrial Painter Training – There are five separate                  Downsview and Ottawa locations.
   courses beginning with Surface Preparation. Depending on               Salary :     $1,182.00 - $1,410.00 weekly
   member interest there is a plan to deliver additional courses
                                                                          A call centre has been set-up to assist applicants
   this fall and winter 2007.
                                                                          during the recruiting time that started September
                                                                          15th. The call centre hours are;
   Special Decorative Finishes Training – This spring two
   courses were delivered on this subject. The courses were
                                                                          Monday – Thursday ..........8:00 am – 7:00 pm
   well attended and considered to be helpful to members and
                                                                          Friday ...............................8:00 am – 5:00 pm
   contractors. Additional courses are planned for this fall and
                                                                          Saturday ...........................9:00 am – 12:00 pm
   early 2007.
                                                                          You can call at:1-888-429-3475 (French 1-866-
   Call the OIFSC for more information at 416-635-7300.                   526-5686) or visit: www.labour.gov.on.ca

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                                                                         William He
                                                                                    nry Stamp

                      ters and Decorators
 Stamp and Son Pain                         p,
                       Stamp, Edward Stam
 Left to Right: Robert               ex Sommerville.
                        rd Watts, Al
 James Ormand, Edwa

                                                           Robert William S
                                                                             tamp standing on
                                                          the office at 30                      the steps of
                                                                           -32 King William
                                                          the lead light tran                Street. Notice
                                                                              soms over the tw
                                                         and the door. Th                      o sidelights
                                                                             e firm also had
                                                         light business                       a small lead
                                                                           earlier in their
                                                         1920’s)                            history. (Circa

   William Henry Stamp in the company
truck in front of the office at 30-32 King
 William Street in Hamilton. The firm is
 in need of painters as the notice in the
                       window indicates.

                                             Fall 2006                                                Page 

   DISTRICT COUNCIL 46                                    OTTAWA/KINGSTON LOCAL 200/114
   Toronto Locals 557, 1487, 1630, 1819, 1891, 2005       Robert Desjardins, Business Manager
   Bill Nicholls, Business Manager/ Secretary-Treasurer    Local 200
   130 Toro Road, Toronto, ON M3J 3M9                        Edgar Pacheco, Business Representative/Organizer
   Tel: 416-630-9604       Fax: 416-630-3400                 880 Lady Ellen Place, Suite #104
   Toll Free: 1-800-668-1823                                 Ottawa, ON K1Z 5L9
    Business Representatives/Organizers                      Tel: 613-722-6293 Fax: 613-722-3204
      Michael Colafranceschi                               Local 114
      Dermot Lynch                                           Joe O’Shea, Business Representative/Organizer
      Sean Keogh                                             1724 Bath Road, Unit #205A
      Ray Preston                                            Kingston, ON K7M 4Y2
      Greg Smith                                             Tel: 613-384-4810 Fax: 613-384-6378
      Armindo Correia
      Peter Plouskas
      Bruno Mandic                                        WINDSOR/SARNIA LOCALS 1494/1590
      Juan Lopez                                          Kevin Elliott, Business Manager
      Franco Santeramo                                    Simon Hazelwood, Business Representative/Organizer
      Mehmet Kaya
                                                           Local 1494
      John McNee
      Tom Gibbs                                              744 Ouellette Street, Room #214
                                                             Windsor, ON N9A 1C3
                                                             Tel: 519-256-8050 Fax: 519-256-3417
   Hamilton Locals 205/1795
                                                             Toll Free: 1-866-836-5556
   1430 Osprey Dr, SS 71, Ancaster, ON L9G 4V5
   Tel: 905-304-0001      Fax: 905-304-3389                Local 1590
   Toll Free: 1-866-459-1715                                 1151 Confederation Street, Sarnia, ON N7S 3Y5
                                                             Tel: 519-337-3791 Fax: 519-337-0080
    Business Representatives/Organizers
                                                             Toll Free: 1-800-387-0944
    Ken Burley
    George McMenemy
                                                          THUNDER BAY LOCAL 1671
                                                          Rory Northcott, Business Manager/Organizer
   Kitchener Local 1824
                                                          275 Grenville Avenue, Thunder Bay, ON P7A 2A6
   Ken Reid, Business Representative/Organizer            Tel: 807-345-2681      Fax: 807-344-2658
   124 Sydney Street South, Unit 104
   Kitchener, ON N2G 3V2
   Tel: 519-744-4714      Fax: 519-744-4019
                                                                              Joe Russo
                                                                            General Counsel
   S.S.Marie, Sudbury, Timmins Local 1904
   James Micks, Business Representative/Organizer                         Robert Kucheran
   96 Larch Street, 3rd Floor, Sudbury, ON P3E 1C1                      General Vice-President
   Tel: 705-688-1904       Fax: 705-688-1907

                                                                       PUBLICATION MAIL AGREEMENT #40041957
                                                                              Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to:
                                                                                                          I.U.P.A.T. DC 46
                                                                                    130 Toro Road, Toronto, ON M3J 3M9
                                                                                               Email: info@dc46.iupat.org

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