Commercial and Industrial Painting

Dow Coating Materials Says New Tool Facilitates Reduced-TiO2 Reformulations

Dow Coating Materials (Philadelphia) announced the launch of a reformulation tool, the Dow Hiding OpTiO2nizer™, reported to facilitate the calculation of coating reformulations using less titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment. Read more at DURABILITY + DESIGN.

AFL-CIO: THIRTEEN WORKERS KILLED ON THE JOB EVERY DAY

From the AFL-CIO: ACCORDING TO NEW REPORT ON WORKER SAFETY AND HEALTH (Washington, May 2) – In 2010, 4,690 workers were killed on the job – an average of 13 workers every day – and an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases, according to a new AFL-CIO report, “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect.” … Read more »

Workers Memorial Day

Every year on April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces.  This year we the struggle continues to create good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy and to ensure the … Read more »

IUPAT General President James Williams on America’s Workforce Radio

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams talks politics Obama, Romney and Biden on America’s Workforce Radio.

Labor chief laments worker ‘mismatch’

The “mismatch” between worker skills and those required for available jobs is perhaps the biggest challenge these days for industry and organized labor, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. “The jobs of today and the jobs of tomorrow will require worker training,” she said. “Our long-term prosperity depends on training workers.” … Read more »

Former IUPAT GVP Sean McGarvey Elected to Head of Building Trades Department

On Monday, April 16, the Governing Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) unanimously voted to install Sean McGarvey as its next president.  It was a somber vote as this action comes just over one week after former BCTD President Mark Ayers’ unexpected passing from a heart attack.  McGarvey served … Read more »

IUPAT PA – Painters Spot Crack that Closes Bridge

(Pennsylvania) – PennDOT District 11 spokesman Jim Struzzi said that a crew from Advanced Painting Systems Inc., of Allison Park, PA, discovered the crack in one of the bridge girders while performing abrasive blasting to remove paint. PennDOT closed the bridge immediately, and its engineers were assessing the through-and-through crack in the 3/8-inch beam. Read … Read more »

EPA, HUD Announce Settlement Deal in Major Chicago Lead-Paint Case

A group of Chicago-area real-estate and property-management companies will remedy lead-paint hazards in a number of residential buildings and pay a $125,000 penalty in a settlement with authorities involving violations of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act. Read more at DURABILITY+DESIGN.

PPG and Canada’s Argex Announce TiO2 Pigment Development Agreement

PPG Industries Inc. announced a technical-collaboration agreement with Montreal-based Argex Mining Inc. to develop titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments for use in paint and coatings products. Read more at DURABILITY+DESIGN.

‘It’s Not Just the Weather,’ AGC Says of Construction-Spending Thaw

Construction spending in February topped the previous year’s totals by 5.8% as a double-digit increase in private construction offset a small drop in public-sector spending, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) reported in an analysis of Census Bureau data. The gains occurred despite a 1.1% decrease in spending from January to February and a … Read more »