Congratulations to members of Painters & Drywall Finishers Local 10 and Floor Coverers Local 1236 who received bonus awards at the STAR Awards banquet May 31 in Troutdale.
The union workers qualified for the bonuses after completing skill advancement training and safety courses.
Local 10 members must take 10 safety classes, seven of which don’t expire. To get a $400 bonus they must take eight additional hours of voluntary skill advancement training; to qualify for a $700 bonus they must complete 16 hours of advanced training; and to score a $1,000 bonus they also must mentor an apprentice.
Members of Local 1236 must complete 24 hours of safety or industry related training in a calendar year.
The STAR program was initiated in 2004 when Painters and Allied Trades District Council 5 and the Signatory Painting Contractors Organization made a commitment to each other to field the best-trained workforce in the industry. This led to the creation of the Painters Union/Management Partnership, or PUMP. The program is funded by a cents-per-hour contribution negotiated in their collective bargaining agreement. Local 1236 started funding its program in 2010.