Monthly Archives: April 2012

IUPAT Canada – News with Nicholls

IUPAT Canada, the District 46 Council in Ontario introduces New with Nicholls, a weekly video show to discuss issues that affect the Ontario Painters Union. Bill Nicholls leads the discussion on recruitment, retention, activism and solidarity. Watch it below!

What Major Trade Shows are on Tap for June?

Trade Show Executive gives you the rundown….read about it HERE.

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 »

Skidmore design’s 30-story window helps skyscraper ‘breathe’

Chicago architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP has designed a building with a lung. You might prefer to call it a 30-story operable window, or a sky atrium. Regardless, Skidmore Design Director Ross Wimer said it is a new approach to ventilation and energy conservation in high-rise buildings. Wimer said the innovation is in … Read more »

Floor Covering Weekly – WFCA supports Marketplace Fairness Act

[Anaheim, Calif.] The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) is pushing for the passing of the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would help local flooring businesses stay competitive against internet retailers by forcing e-tailers to collect a sales tax at the point of purchase, just as local businesses are required to do. Read more at … Read more »

Walls & Ceilings – Centered on Solutions: Avoiding Project Overruns Through Better Management (Part 1)

An estimator’s responsibility is really that of sales. The takeoff and pricing completed by the estimator are intended to cover all of the known costs for the sole purpose of securing the contract. Generally speaking there is a very short amount of time to gather all of the necessary information available and complete the work … 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.

IUPAT Ontario – Facelift for historic landmark

“And we’re blessed here in St. Catharines because we have everyone on board.” Coming to the rescue are Don Benoit and a small army of volunteer union tradespeople who are marshalling forces to give the BME new dignity. The improvement project started when Bush approached the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades last fall … Read more »

In Midwestern capitols, Republicans eager to avoid more union battles

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Fifteen months after taking control of Minnesota’s Legislature, Republicans have put a gay marriage ban on this November’s ballot, moved to expand gun rights and cast dozens of votes to cut state spending. But there’s one issue where they failed to get traction: watering down the strength of organized labor with … Read more »

17 percent of Oregon workers are union members

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Efforts to organize nurses and home health care workers kept the percentage of Oregon’s workforce represented by unions at one of the highest levels in the United States. Union members make up 17 percent of all workers in Oregon, seventh-highest in the nation, according to figures recently released by the Bureau … Read more »