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Volume 61, Number 4
Fall, 2006

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Work Continues at St. Anthony's Charitable Project

St. Anthony Group Photo
The Doctors, Nurses, and Staff at St. Anthony's Hospital hosted a thank you luncheon at LaVita Restaurant in August for the JATC School, PDC14 Officials, and Board Members from Chicago PDCA/FCA. Front Row: Scott Grah, Jeanette Rodriguez, Dr. Phillip Yap, Toni Oyos, Rosa Cerda, Andy Clemenko, and Anish Cyriak. Back Row: Jesus Flores, Bill Robinson, Jim Jankovsky, Phyllis Flowers, and Marilyn Rodriguez.

Last Summer, the JATC Apprentice School embarked upon an ambitious project at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Chicago. St. Anthony Hospital Located at 19th and Sacramento on the South Side, the facility serves a constituency of working class and poor families.

Work is also under way on some very creative graphic murals for the younger patients at St. Anthony's to admire and enjoy while they get well. While new

ceilings and flooring are being installed by the other trades, our JATC Apprentices are hard at work designing the murals and painting them on canvas for later installation at the hospital.

In Phase I, 15 rooms were prepared and painted. Phase II will involve removing 1700 square feet of vinyl and painting the walls doors, handrails, and trim. It is projected to take up to three weeks.

The Industry Advancement Fund donated $5,000.00 to the St. Anthony's project, and Associate members have been generous with donations of materials and tools.

Mural Photos Mural Photos

Associates Donate
$10,000 to JATC/DFTC
Apprentice School

This Fall, the Chicago PDCA/FCA Associates Group chose to share its good fortune with the JATC/DFTC Apprentice Training Center...donating $10,000.00 in the name of all Associate Members to the School from the proceeds of running a successful Associates Night and Golf Outing.

Jim Gasparro, Jim Watte, & Ed Bogdan

PDCA Associates President Jim Gasparro (left) presented the $10,000 donation to JATC Apprentice Training Coordinator Jim Watte (center) and DFTC Apprentice Training Coordinator Ed Bogdan (right).

Ken Mate on Stage
Ken Mate drew a number of Apprentices into being participants in his hugely entertaining magic act.

JATC-DFTC Graduation CapApprentice Graduation

Friday, October 20, 2006
Holiday Inn, Hillside

James Williams Jeff Castles

Jim Watte Terry Fitzmaurice

The Chicago Area Painting, Decorating, and Drywall Finishing Apprenticeship School conducted its first joint Graduation ceremony on Friday, October 20, 2006, at the Holiday Inn in Hillside. Graduates of the program included 121 Painters and Drywall Finishers, accompanied by their friends and family members to the dinner event.

Remarks were delivered by JATC Chairman Jeff Castles (Ascher Brothers Company) and DFTC Chairman Joe Feldner (McNulty Brothers), as well as JATC Apprentice Training Coordinator Jim Watte and DFTC Training Coordinator Ed Bogdan. Greetings and fatherly advice were rendered by Painters District Council No. 14 Secretary-Treasurer Terry Fitzmaurice, while a rousing Keynote Address was delivered by Jimmy Williams, General President of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.

Joseph Howard, Apprentice of the Year
Ken Mate

Ken Mate Amazes And Entertains PDCA/FCA Members & Apprentices

Stand-up Comic and Magician Ken Mate “wowed” the crowd at the Joint Membership Meeting co-hosted by Chicago PDCA/FCA and NiPDi/FCAI at Maggiano's Little Italy in Oak Brook on September 20th…then took his act on the road to the JATC/DFTC Apprentice Graduation on October 20th at the Holiday Inn in Hillside.

Ken has amazed and entertained concert audiences, casino crowds, and corporate gatherings with his energetic stand-up comedy and magic tricks for over 20 years. He has opened for countless star acts, including the bands Chicago, Alabama, and REO Speedwagon…as well as Ray Charles, Wynona Ryder, Michael Bolton, Crystal Gayle, Randy Travis, the Beach Boys, Debbie Reynolds, and the Smothers Brothers. His riveting performance of “The Magician's Insurance Policy” was featured on the network special “The World's Greatest Magic,” from Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.



Jay Weaver Photo

By Jay Weaver, Executive Director Of Industry Services,Finishing Contractors Association

Blue Bullet Congress passed the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (H.R. 6061) that will establish operational control over the international land and maritime borders of the U.S. Among its many measures, this bill authorizes over 700 miles of fencing at the U.S.-Mexican border. The bill will be sent to the President Bush for his signature. The FCA supports legislation that protects U.S. citizens from border threats.

Blue Bullet Several lawmakers want a lame-duck session after the November election for a more “comprehensive” immigration bill that will include not only new border fences, but also a new guestworker program and some type of legal status for undocumented immigrants. In the House of Representatives, Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) wish to create legal access to foreign workers.

Blue Bullet So far, the GOP leadership has unveiled border security initiatives which they expect to pass before recess for inclusion in the conference report on the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill (H.R.5441). They do not currently include employer verification of their workers' eligibility. Some initiatives were included earlier in the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (H.R.4437). Because House GOP leaders disagree with the Senate's so-called amnesty bill (S.2611), it has been stalled in the Senate.

Blue Bullet OSHA has directed contractors to its Handbook as a compendium of existing Agency-approved policies, including the 2001 recordkeeping rule, frequently-asked questions, and letters of interpretation. This handbook can be downloaded at

Blue Bullet The latest Federal Reserve Bank data indicates that nonresidential construction is growing stronger in most of its districts, while residential construction is slumping in most parts of the country.

Blue Bullet The Bureau of Labor Statistics has data indicating that men are more likely than women to suffer job-related eye injuries. Male employees accounted for
80% of the 36,680 nonfatal injuries involving the eye that resulted in days away from work in 2004.As expected, workers toiling in manufacturing, construction, and other trade industries are the most at risk for eye injuries.

Blue Bullet A research study conducted by the Wake Forest School of Medicine recommends that construction contractors should provide more worksite safety training and awareness for their younger workers because work-related injuries among youth constitute a significant health problem. Occupational injuries are the fourth leading cause of death among youth in the age category of 10 through 19 years old.

Blue Bullet As an action targeted to enforce standards of job site conduct/productivity, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) has launched its "Top Workplace Performance Plan" that holds its union members accountable under a "three strikes" policy. The IUPAT emphasizes the need for employers to support the program by submitting a notification of termination form for non-productive employees.

Blue Bullet Senate Bill S.3534, which transfers the YouthBuild Program from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to the Department of Labor, recently became Public Law 109-281. Established in 1992, this program enables young adults, ages 16 to 24, to build or rehabilitate housing for homeless or low-income individuals while they study to earn their own high school diploma or GED. More than 226 programs exist in 43 states, with more than 8,000 young adults participating.

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Gilda's Club Logo

Gilda's Club in Chicago, a safe haven for cancer patients, received a much-appreciated “Extreme Makeover” in September, thanks to the generosity of our PDCA Associates Group and a crack team of painters dispatched by the Industry Advancement Fund.

Professional designers showcased their donated talents by reinventing five group rooms at Gilda's Club…transforming the spaces with dynamic, creative schemes for new wallcoverings, carpeting, lighting, furniture and accessories. The five “Extreme Makeovers” generated newly comfortable and thoughtful meeting spaces for member support activities benefiting men, women, and children whose lives have been touched by cancer.

The project involved a collaboration embracing the Hospitality Industry Network (NEWH); Designs for Dignity; five designer teams led by firms including Susan Fredman & Associates, The “I” Team, Gettys, Gensler, and Goettsch Partners; the Chicago Painting & Decorating Contractors Industry Advancement & Promotional Fund; and the Chicago PDCA Associates Group.

Each design team created a unique and calming design for one of the five rooms. Then, tradesmen from The Levy Company (Robert Mores and Steve Sellers) and J. M. Brennan & Company (John Clifford) moved in to execute the plan, expending a total of 90 man hours of effort. Walls, door frames, baseboards, and trim were prepared and painted using seven gallons of paint in soothing colors. Over 130 yards of vinyl wallcoverings were installed on selected walls, after applying Muralo 8900 wall primer. Three gallons of wall primer and fifteen gallons of wallpaper paste were consumed in the process. All paints and primers were provided by Benjamin Moore, with D.L. Couch, Koroseal Mid-West, & MDC Wallcoverings

furnishing the wallcovering products. One wall in the “meditation room” received a special digital mural, donated by D.L. Couch.

“Thanks to the gifts of time, materials and - especially - the ideas and energy generated by the designers, contractors, and vendors who contributed to the Extreme Makeover, we now have a much more appealing environment for our activities,” observes Laura Jane Hyde, Executive Director of Gilda's Club/Chicago. “Our rooms have been used heavily for the past eight years, so when the design community offered to provide this generous gift, we jumped at the chance. We provide support to individuals facing a tremendous challenge, and having a comfortable, soothing space for meetings helps make that easier.”

Gilda's Club Chicago has over 4,500 members. It conducts 15 weekly group meetings plus two bi-monthly group meetings and twelve monthly group meetings for its members…all of which take place in the reinvigorated group rooms. Each of the five newly-decorated rooms seat up to 12 people.

Chicago PDCA Associates Caron Christy (Koroseal Mid-West), president of the Chicago Chapter of NEWH and Beth Stack (D.L. Couch Wallcovering) contributed their time and efforts to the organization of the event and procurement of materials donations. Jim Gasparro (Benjamin Moore & Company) helped furnish needed painting materials. And the labor/management painting and decorating effort was coordinated by Marty Tew (J. M. Brennan & Company) and Fred Levy (The Levy Company).

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on October 5, 2006, to celebrate the culmination of this vast volunteer effort for a worthy project…and there wasn't a dry eye in the audience.

Gilda's Club Group Shot

Design Team volunteers and students from the Illinois Institute of Art gathered in one of the newly-decorated meeting rooms for an informal group shot at the October 5, 2006 official ribbon-cutting celebration.

Gilda's Club Meditation Room

The Meditation Room received 2 coats of a “pale sea mist” Regal Aquavelvet latex eggshell enamel on three walls with a D. L. Couch digital mural being applied to the feature wall, creating a very soothing and relaxed atmosphere.

Gilda's Club Group Shot

A new chair rail was installed in this serenely-hued meeting room where the upper walls were painted using two coats of Benjamin Moore Regal Matte. The wood baseboard, chair rail, and doorframe received two coats of Regal Aquaglo semigloss enamel, and the lower wall area was covered with 15 yards of vinyl wallcovering, donated by MDC, that coordinated beautifully with the walls above.

This comfortable meeting room features some 47 yards of MDC wallcovering installed on all four walls, with baseboards, window sashes, trim, and door frames receiving two coats of semigloss enamel.

Gilda's Club Group Shot
Gilda's Club Group Shot

In this tranquil room, 30 yards of Maharam-donated vinyl wallcovering were installed on three walls, and the fourth was painted with two coats of a color to complement the wallcovering.

In this inviting meeting room, 42 yards of Koroseal-donated wallcovering in a neutral hue were installed on all four elevations. Baseboards, window sashes, trim, and doorframes were painted in a dark “Black Bean Soup” shade of semigloss enamel.

Gilda's Club Group Shot


The Finishing Contractors Association and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades have joined forces to address their constituencies with rallying messages that are nothing short of a call to arms.

The FCA-produced disk is being mailed to Union Painting Contractors across the land who belong to FCA. It features FCA Chairman Ed Zaucha talking straight and pulling no punches about the Association's plans for recapturing lost markets and countering the non-Union competition.

The IUPAT-produced DVD is being mailed to every member of the Union in the United States and Canada. It features IUPAT General President Jim Williams laying out the cards for his membership in no uncertain terms…recognizing the challenging times the Union finds itself in, and outlining a bold new plan for survival. Called the “Top Workforce Performance Plan,” IUPAT's program sets forth a new “three strikes and you're out” policy for weeding out the


troublesome and unproductive workers who hold the Union back from attaining its goals.

Interested Contractors may seek further information about the disks -- or comment upon them -- by e-mail contact directly with FCA at or with the IUPAT at

Hector Hernandez


Hector Hernandez has joined the staff of the JATC Apprentice School, where he will be teaching first-year Apprentices brush & roll and basic surface preparation techniques. A swing stage specialist with 23 years of field experience, Hector previously worked for M. Ecker & Company. He completed his own apprenticeship at Washburne Trade School, graduating in 1987 as Apprentice of the Year with the Perfect Attendance Award. Upon joining the JATC faculty, he immediately helped produce the recent Charitable Painting Project for Habitat for Humanity.

Discover, VISA, Master Card, American Express


Providing a new convenience for our Contractor and Associate members, Chicago PDCA/FCA now accepts the VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit cards. You may use any of these major credit cards to pay for events, dinners, and membership dues. Now you need not worry about mailing in checks, receiving bills or statements, or bringing checks to our meetings. Use your plastic, and get some air miles as well.

To make a payment, you may phone in your credit card information or fill out the mail-in form. For security reasons, do not send us your credit card information by e-mail; go to our secure web site for all on-line registrations!



There's a new kid on the block, called “FCAC,” short for Finishing Contractors Association of Chicago. Read the latest column by Chicago PDCA/FCA President Miles Beatty in the September-October Monitor newsletter for more details on this all-Union Contractor Association.

Come January 1, 2007, our Web Site domain name will change to to recognize our new Association nomenclature. Although links to our old "" will continue to function for the time being, please update any bookmarks you may have.

Elf Carrying Presents

ASSOCIATES Christmas Luncheon!

Friday, December 1, 2006
Edelweiss Restaurant

7650 West Irving Park Road, Norridge • 773/452-6040

• 11:30 am Refreshments
             • 12:00 pm Free Lunch

Call the Chicago PDCA/FCA
Office at 630/393-1313 by
Tuesday, 11/28/06, to R.S.V.P

Contractors & Associates Are Cordially Invited to Attend the PDCA/FCA Christmas Luncheon!

Elf Driving Forklift

December 13, 2006
Maggiano's Little Italy

240 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL • 630/368-0300

•11:30 am Reception
•12:00 pm Family-Style Lunch ($25.00 P/P)
•1:00 pm Membership Meeting

Call Chicago PDCA/FCA
At 630/393-1313 For Reservations!

Snowman Stick-Up

Make Plans Now For January 26th President's Night

Rosewood Restaurant

9421 West Higgins Road • Rosemont, Illinois

• 6:30 pm Cocktails     • 7:30 pm Dinner

The PDCA/FCA General Membership Meeting and the Installation of new Directors will follow Dinner.

All IAF Contributing Contractors, PDCA/FCA Contractors, and PDCA Associate Members may bring one FREE attendee.

• Additional Guests Welcome at $25.00 Each
• Open Bar During Cocktails & Dinner
• Entertainment To Be Provided
• R.S.V.P. to Chicago PDCA/FCA at 630/393-1313