NYC Health + Hospitals and DC 9 launch new apprenticeship to train union painters


NYC Health + Hospitals and DC 9 launch new apprenticeship to train union painters

August 25, 2022

NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Assistant Vice President of Facilities Manny Saez, District Council 9 Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer Joseph Azzopardi, President for Local Union 1969 Steve Melish, Business Representative for Local Union 1969 Matt Gaeta, New York State Commissioner of Labor Roberta Reardon, State Senator Jessica Ramos, Council Member Mercedes Narcisse, Apprentice Painter Briana Fantauzzi, NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln Apprentice Painter, and Apprentice Painter Arturo and other apprentice painters celebrate the launch of the new apprenticeship program (Credit: District Council 9).

NYC Health + Hospitals and District Council No. 9 Local Union 1969, Civil Service Employees, International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (DC 9) today announced the launch of its new apprenticeship program to train individuals for careers of unionized painters. At an event at the DC 9 Training Center in Long Island City, apprentices Briana Fantauzzi and Arturo described why they chose to pursue careers in the trades, and DC 9 apprentice painters demonstrated the application of various protective coatings and prep work required in busy hospitals and care settings. During the four-year apprenticeship, 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.

“NYC Health + Hospitals is excited to launch the Painter Apprenticeship Program with District Council 9,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Assistant Vice President of Facilities Manny Saez. “Our painters give our facilities a dynamic feel to our patients and staff who promote comfort and cleanliness. Their work ensures that our facilities are maintained throughout the system and is essential to our hospital operations. Our apprentices join the ranks of our healthcare heroes who work tirelessly to keep our hospitals running. »

“Today, some of our top apprenticeship candidates are ready to undergo rigorous on-the-job training at NYC Health + Hospitals. This mutually beneficial partnership will bring premium paint and finishing services to the public health system. of New York City, while providing our apprentices with unparalleled work experience as they prepare for a fulfilling, family-friendly union career,” said Joseph Azzopardi, Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of District 9 Council. “Our union is always eager to partner with New York City agencies and programs to strengthen the communities in which we live and work.”

District Council 9 Apprentice painters Briana Fantauzzi and Arturo working for NYC Health + Hospitals in their new apprenticeship program receiving on-the-job training in quilting and painting. (Credit: District Council 9)

“I applaud NYC Health + Hospitals and District Council No. 9 for launching an apprenticeship program to train individuals for careers as union painters,” said Council Member Mercedes Narcisse. “This program should prove vital and beneficial to many New Yorkers seeking employment and set them firmly on the path to passing a civil service exam and qualifying for employment as a painter. unionized. These jobs pay a living wage and will contribute positively to the lives of those who participate in the program, but also to the economic growth of our city.

“Our community needs jobs and the proper educational resources to fully immerse themselves in a long-term career,” said Council Member Marjorie Velázquez. “I have met countless people who are eager to work in the commerce industry, and I applaud all parties involved. The partnership between NYC Health + Hospitals and DC 9 in establishing a program that serves the whole community is what our city needs to thrive economically and in business. This apprenticeship program will help New Yorkers have equitable access to quality job training programs that will enhance their careers and skills. look forward to the success of this program as it supports those who are interested and willing to further their education for long-term success.

“Before choosing my career, I worked everywhere and did a bit of everything,” said Briana Fantauzzi, painter apprentice at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. “From the food industry to working with children, office work, maintenance, you name it and I’ve done it all. I decided to take a leap of faith and try a whole new career, and that’s how I ended up applying for the Painters’ Union. Fast forward to May of this year when I got a call that my application had been accepted and they had a job offer for me. NYC Health + Hospitals was looking for union workers to work there for the next 4 years, and I couldn’t refuse the offer. Now I’m here, and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. The staff are wonderful and I can’t wait to see what projects they have in store for me. Thank you Lincoln for this opportunity.

“Growing up, I struggled to figure out what I wanted to do as a career,” said Arturo, apprentice painter at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. “I wanted to become a mechanical engineer, but university was not for me, there were obstacles and no support was given to me. That’s when I decided to go to trade school, became interested in working in construction, and discovered the painter’s apprenticeship program. Going into this apprenticeship, I knew there would be challenges and sacrifices to be made. I am ready to go through it in order to acquire the necessary experience to be able to achieve my goals. At Bellevue I learn techniques to improve my painting skills and being able to learn from my mentors is really rewarding. I am grateful for this opportunity and hope to continue to gain experience, putting what I learn into practice so that I can give back to the community.

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
    • 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.

District 9 Council is currently accepting applications from Apprentice Painters, Decorators and Paper Setters through August 29eand from August 29e, DC 9 will be accepting applications from apprentice structural steel and bridge painters at their training center in Long Island City (45-15 36th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101). Applications are available in person only from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Nominations are offered in person on a first-come, first-served basis for 10 business days or until 500 nominations are issued.

About the DD 9
District 9 Council is a chapter of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, an organization of painters, decorators, wall coverings, drywall finishers, sign painters, metal polishers, deck and steel painters construction workers, civil service painters, lead abatement workers, architectural metal glaziers & glass workers, paint fabricators and allied trades. The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades is dedicated to securing and improving wages, benefits and general working conditions for its members. For more information about DC 9’s ongoing efforts to provide pathways to the middle class for New York City residents, visit or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the nation’s largest public health care system, serving more than one million New Yorkers each year at more than 70 patient care facilities across the city’s five boroughs. A strong network of outpatient primary and specialty care centers based in the neighborhood anchors coordination of care with trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency and plan MetroPlus health system, all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 43,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest lives possible. For more information, visit and stay connected on Facebook at or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem.


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