I am writing to inform you that the Painters and Allied Trades LMCI Finishing Industries Forum (FIF), as you have come to know it, will not be held in 2018.
For nearly 15 years, the LMCI has held this annual event for the leaders and industry partners of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. In those years, the tools, resources and alliances developed at FIF have served to build a stronger unionized industry for both business and the workforce.
In 2017, the LMCI FIF drew union and business leaders from the Finishing Industry together in several committees to address market share in our trades, recruitment and retention, and the impact of substance abuse and suicide on the crafts men and women of the IUPAT.
This year, instead of the traditional meeting we have followed at previous Finishing Industries Forums, we are gathering representatives of the committees alone to meet and continue their work. It is our goal to present the results at the 2019 Finishing Industries Forum in Las Vegas, which will be held in December.
In the meantime, we will continue to update you on the progress made in these committees, as well as what the Painters and Allied Trades LMCI will have to offer at next year’s Finishing Industries Forum over the next several months via our email newsletter – The LMCI Blueprint. Also, be sure to check in with us on Twitter – @TheLMCI, and Facebook – Facebook.com/TheLMCI to keep up to date on everything the LMCI is working on.
Anton P. Ruesing, V