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Volume 41,   Issue 2       February 2006

Contract Glazing

More Than 300 Attend IUPAT’s First Finishing Industries Forum in Las Vegas

Members and leaders of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), many of their signatory employers and members of the Finishing Contractors Association (FCA) met in Las Vegas for the first annual Finishing Industries Forum (FIF), which took place the week of November 6, 2005. More than 300 people attended the event which was jointly sponsored by the IUPAT, Painters and Allied Trades Labor Management Cooperation Initiative (LMCI) and its signatory employer association counterpart, the FCA.

“In creating the FIF, we wanted an environment where we could stress to our members that each side of the labor/management relationship must consider the other an equal partner as we move forward,” said Tony Singh, LMCI co-chairperson and president of Fine Painting.

The event hosted discussions and workshops designed to serve as a means for further success in the finishing industries. Some of the featured workshops included apprenticeship recruitment and retention, trainer and worker certification, federal and state grants available for our industries and market expansion. Featured speakers included representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor and Reed Construction Data, among others.

The 2006 FIF is scheduled for November. Details have not been disclosed.

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