Report: The $65 Billion Price Tag on Repealing Prevailing Wage Nationally

Researchers from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute, Colorado State University-Pueblo and Smart Cities Prevail have released a far-reaching study on the economic and workforce effect that the repeal of prevailing wages has had in states that have enacted such legislation, as well as calculating the impact an nation-wide repeal would have. “Our study confirms that … Read more »

Voting in NH is Underway!

New Hampshire expect a record turnout today for the primaries and political volunteers and activists are doing their part to make certain those predictions come true. Kathleen Santora from DC35/LU939 knocking doors in the snow with Hillary Clinton to get out the vote. Live in New Hampshire and looking to vote today?  Find up your … Read more »

New Apple HQ Making Progress with IUPAT Glaziers on the Job

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades glaziers are hard at work on completing the new Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.  The video below gives an idea of just how enormous the project is.  The building is more than a mile around, and over 3,000 panels of curved glass will cover the building. Once complete, the … Read more »

Union Membership Rate in U.S. Remains Unchanged

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics released a new report which shows that the percent of workers who are union members in the United States was 11.1 percent in 2015, unchanged from 2014. That puts 14.8 million men and women in the labor movement, which is an increase of about 219,000 members.  The … Read more »

IUPAT Rallies for Clinton in Iowa

With just one week until the Iowa Caucus, volunteers from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades joined fellow union members in Iowa to campaign Secretary Hillary Clinton in her bid to be the Democratic nominee for president. After endorsing her as the IUPAT candidate for president in October 2015, our political activists have been … Read more »

IUPAT General President Kenneth Rigmaiden Honored by LAANE

In December, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President Kenneth Rigmaiden was honored by LAANE, an organization dedicated to addressing the challenges of working poverty, inadequate health care and polluted communities.  They combine a vision of social justice with a a practical approach to social change. Learn more about his progressive organization HERE. … Read more »

Worker shortages causing construction slump? Not so, according to new study.

A new analysis from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) shows that construction employment has “increased in 190 out of 358 metro areas, was unchanged in 64 and declined in 104 between November 2014 and November 2015.” This expansion comes amid reports that there are worker shortages throughout the country.  A claim North America’s Building … Read more »

Brotherhood Outdoors TV show to feature Aurora-area IUPAT member, community volunteer on Illinois waterfowl hunt, Jan. 10 on Sportsman Channel

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s Brotherhood Outdoors TV series will feature Ryan Anderson, a union painter with District Council 30/Local 448 from Montgomery, Illinois, guiding the show’s hosts on an Illinois waterfowl hunt on Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. ET on the Sportsman Channel. A staple in Sportsman Channel’s ‘Red, Wild & Blue’ programming, Brotherhood Outdoors … Read more »

Work Begins on Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

District Council 6-Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania In November 2014, Football Hall of Fame officials announced that Fawcett Stadium, the storied football stadium that has sat next to the Hall of Fame since it was completed in 1939, will be renovated in time for the 2016 induction ceremony and renamed the Tom Benson Hall of Fame … Read more »

IUPAT Members Paint NFL Training Field

District Council 53 – West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia Members of District Council 53/Local Union 970 (Charleston, West Virginia) helped prepare two of the NFL training fields at the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia. Under the supervision of Jimmy Knapp, painters Roy Massey, Buddy Trent and Marshall Persinger painted the yard lines and team … Read more »