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Guidelines for a Successful Construction Project – Provided by the American Subcontractors Associations, and the Associated Specialty Contractors

PDCA Industry Standards:

  • Provide the measure by which the quality of wall coating work can be evaluated by the consumer.
  • Protect the contractor by establishing limits on the extent and verifiable uniformity of a project.
  • Protect the consumer by requiring work that is free from defects, deficiencies and significant variations of coating applications.
  • Save contractors time and money when used and referenced in painting work bids and contracts.

The Standards discuss a range of issues that commonly become the subject of misunderstandings, or in extreme cases, contract disputes and provide guidance for both the contractor and the layman concerning how such differences can best be avoided.

All participants in the architectural, engineering, design, construction, and painting & wall-covering industry benefit from the use and circulation of the PDCA Industry Standards. All consumers benefit from the use of PDCA Standards by those they contract with, to provide the best value for their painting and decorating expenditures.

  • PDCA P1: Touch-Up Painting and Damage Repair: Financial Responsibility
  • PDCA P2: Third Party Inspections: Qualifications, Responsibilities and Procedures
  • PDCA P3: Designation of Paint Color
  • PDCA P4: Responsibility for Inspection and Acceptance of Surfaces Prior to Painting and Decorating
  • PDCA P5: Benchmark Sample Procedures for Paint and Other Decorative Coating Systems
  • PDCA P6: Acceptance of Completed Wallcovering Installations
  • PDCA P7: Job Sequencing
  • PDCA P8: Contracting Entity’s Responsibility for Maintenance of Paints and Coatings
  • PDCA P9: Definition of Trade Terms
  • PDCA P10: Measurement of Surface Area for Estimating Painting and Decorating Work
  • PDCA P11: Painter’s Caulk, Implied Requirements
  • PDCA P12: Levels of Block Filler
  • PDCA P13: Inspection and Acceptance of Architectural Paints on the Interior Surfaces of
    Structures When Dry Film Thickness is Specified
  • PDCA P14: Levels of Surface Preparation for Repainting and Maintenance Projects Receiving Architectural Coatings
  • PDCA P15: Painting of Shop Primed Substrates
  • PDCA P16: Wall covering Removal in Preparation for New Finishes or Wallcovering
  • PDCA P17: Field Painting of Smooth Faced Tilt-Up Concrete
  • PDCA P18: Recommended Protocol for Documenting Extra Work to a Contract
  • PDCA P19: Definition and Application of Decorative Finishes
  • PDCA P20: Recommended Protocol for Job Close Out of Painting and Decorating Projects
  • PDCA P21: Designation of Stain and Clear Coating on New Interior Wood
  • PDCA P22: Cleaning Surfaces Using Pressurized Water
  • PDCA P23: Painting and Decorating Contractors Implied Exclusions from Scope of Work
  • PDCA P24: Recommended Protocol for Spot Repairing Existing Finishes
  • PDCA P25: Allowance for Reasonable Damage Repair Painting (4th Draft)

The Collective Bargaining Agreement, or CBA, is an agreement between FCAI and the Painters District Council #30 on the hourly wages craftspersons will be paid, contributions to be made for fringe benefits, and working rules and conditions. Signatory employers, like the members of PDC #30, select a group of representatives to negotiate a contract which shall be in effect for an established period of time. PDC #30 negotiates with representatives of the Finishing Contractors Association of Illinois (FCAI).

The following CBAs are in force between labor and management within the jurisdiction of PDC #30:

Effective Date: June 1, 2022 – May 31, 2025

PDC30 – FCA of Illinois – Painters CBA  

Effective Date: May 1, 2022 – April 30, 2025

PDC30 & Glaziers

The following CBA is in force between labor and management within the jurisdiction of PDC #14:

Effective Date: June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2024

DC14-FCAC Painters

Tapers – DC14 and MWCC

The Folling CBA is In Force between Labor and Management within Glaziers Local 607:

Effective Date: April 1, 2019 – March 30, 2024

Local 607 Rockford CBA

Worker Ratios – PDC #30 Members Performing Work in PDC #14

IUPAT 50/50 Clause Interpretation Letter and PDC #14 Agreement Letter

Worker Ratios – PDC #30 members performing work in PDC #14.

The first man on the job can be your DC #30 member. The second man must be a local DC #14 member. The third man can be your DC #30 member and so on. If the job is manned by an odd number of people, the ratio can be in favor of your DC #30 members. See attached letter from IUPAT President and agreement letter from DC #14.

DC #14 and DC #30 – Pay Differential

PDC #30 – Differential Guidance Letter (Being Updated)  


DC #30 / DC #14 – Legal Report

Legal Report from Attorney Michael Boldt, Ice Miller LLP – “Out-of-Area” Issues

FCAI has undertaken an extensive review of issues that have come to our attention regarding the mobility of IUPAT members, staffing of in and out of area jobs and out-of-area contractors. This review of issues included consideration of communications by PDC #14, FCAC, IUPAT General President James Williams, and other sources.

We engaged our expert Labor Attorney, Michael Boldt, of Ice Miller LLP, who conducted a review of the IUPAT Constitution and the collective bargaining agreements between the FCAC and PDC #14, and between FCAI and PDC #30, among other sources. Above is the report (edited).

DC #30 / DC #14 – “Out-of-Area” Meeting Conclusions

PDC #30 / PDC #14 Out-of-Area Issues: Facts to Help Contractors

On March 22, 2012, FCAI participated in a conference call meeting between representatives of FCAI, the Finishing Contractors Association of Chicago (FCAC), Painters District Council #30 (PDC #30), Painters District Council #14 (PDC #14), and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT).

The purpose of the meeting was to clarify agreements between PDC #30 and PDC #14 concerning work performed in each District Councils’ respective jurisdictions and to address questions and concerns raised by several sources.

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