NYC Health + Hospitals and DC 9 Announce New Apprenticeship to Train Union Painters

NYC Health + Hospitals and DC 9 Announce New Apprenticeship to Train Union Painters

New York, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals and District Council No. 9 Local Union 1969, Civil Service Employees, International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (DC 9) today announced a new four-year apprenticeship program to train individuals for careers of unionized painters. DC 9 will provide classroom training and NYC Health + Hospitals will provide supervised on-the-job training. The program will develop a pool of candidates with the skills and experience necessary to pass a civil service exam and qualify for union painter positions. In line with Mayor Adam’s plan for New York City’s economic recovery, the Apprentice Painter program will connect New Yorkers with good jobs and in-demand skills. Unionized painters earn an average salary of $82,000 per year.

“This new apprenticeship is a special partnership between DC 9 and NYC Health + Hospitals as we seek to help people break into this field and launch their careers as union painters,” said Christine Flaherty, NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President for Capital Projects, Construction and Design. “Our hospitals and clinics depend on union painters to help maintain our facilities across the city. The learning will help develop a pipeline of commercial healthcare heroes, and I hope this initiative will shine a light on the value our professionals have on our built environment. Painters are one of the critical and vital professional career paths for young people to consider as they graduate from high school and think about their future.

“District 9 Council is thrilled to partner with NYC Health + Hospitals to provide the finest paint and finish work to our city’s vital public health system, while providing family careers with pathways to the middle class. for our New York apprentice,” said Joseph Azzopardi, Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of District 9 Council. “This innovative collaboration is an exciting opportunity to invest in our local communities by providing quality jobs and improving local healthcare facilities. DC 9 is proud to uplift the men and women of New York. Already, women and minorities make up 70% of our learning program, and our new partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals will allow us to grow our diversity even further, ensuring we connect with the communities in which we live and work. We are proud of our union’s strong relationship with New York City, and look forward to working further with Mayor Adams’ administration and other city agencies to continue building successful partnerships like this. .

“Union apprenticeship programs pave the way to middle-class careers with benefits, providing hard-working New Yorkers with both the work and life skills needed to excel in their fields,” said Gary LaBarbera, President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. “This innovative partnership between DC 9 and NYC Health + Hospitals will help ensure that all New Yorkers – especially our brothers and sisters in the city’s most underserved neighborhoods – have the opportunity to build their own family careers through direct entry programs into trade unions. The apprentices who benefit from this partnership represent the future of New York’s unionized construction industry and will most certainly do their part to keep our city’s hospitals and clinics as top-notch facilities.

Participants in the Apprentice Painter program will learn several skills, including:

  • Workplace Safety
    • Use and maintenance of hand and power tools
    • Signalling, rigging and lifting
    • Fight against lead and asbestos
    • Safety of ladders, scaffolding and forklifts
    • FIRST AID
    • Correct use of personal protective equipment
  • Business skills
    • Read blueprints
    • Identify the appropriate material for various paint and surface applications
    • Types and properties of materials, including paints, stains, varnishes, shellac, polyurethanes and clear coats
    • Safely store, dispose and recycle commercial chemicals
    • Mixing paints
    • Assorted colors
    • Surface preparation
    • Wood finish
    • Wallpapering
    • Preparing a work area for interior painting (removing old paint, removing light fixtures, applying mold remover)
    • Preparing a work space for exterior painting (rust removal, pressure washing and sandblasting, burning old paint)
    • Spray paint
  • Other professional skills
    • Estimation of costs and materials
    • Review of basic arithmetic
    • communication skills
    • Planning
    • Record keeping

The apprenticeship program is set by the New York State Department of Labor. The four-year painter apprentice program requires a total of 6,576 hours of training, a combination of 6,000 hours of on-the-job training and 576 hours of classroom training. Graduates will need to pass the civil service examination for promotion to the rank of painter and be nominated from this list to be hired as a union painter.


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