James Reid - General Vice President
In 1972, two years after an honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps, James was initiated as a glazier into IUPAT Local Union 1852 (later merged into LU 1778) in Austin, Texas.
Six years later, after honing his craft in the field and remaining active with his union, James became an apprenticeship instructor for LU 1778, and then later the training director in 1980. In 1982, he was appointed business representative of LU 1778, and also worked as an organizer for the next nine years. His work and leadership paved the way for him to be elected as business manager/financial secretary for his local in 1992.
In 1994, James was hired by the IUPAT to work for the office of the general president. For the next 17 years, he oversaw union business, organizing efforts and market-share development as an organizer, a general president's representative and as an assistant to the general president. He also served as president of the Austin, Texas Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC), secretary-treasurer for the Central Texas BCTC and president of the Texas State Conference of the Painters and Allied Trades.
In 2011, he was appointed general vice president for the Western Region of the IUPAT. In addition to his duties as vice president, he serves on the board of trustees for the IUPAT Industry Pension Fund, the IUPAT Finishing Trades Institute and the Painters and Allied Trades Labor Management Cooperation Initiative.