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IUPAT General President Rigmaiden Addresses American Apprenticeship Industry Roundtable

On Thursday, June 12, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Kenneth Rigmaiden joined U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez at the American Industry Roundtable in Washington, DC. The meeting is part of a month-long series of roundtables around the country to advance apprenticeships as “job-driven strategy to connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.”  These … Read more »

Statement by IUPAT General President Kenneth Rigmaiden on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Hanover, MD — A strong workforce development system is a critical tool for the construction industry as we slowly pull ourselves out from the economic depression we have endured over the past six years. A robust and well-functioning workforce investment and training system is an important component to spark economic recovery and innovation in our … Read more »

FiveThirtyEight: Do Fewer Unions Make Countries More Competitive?

The ongoing argument by foes of organized labor invariably includes the point that unionization in America hurts our competitiveness with other countries when it comes to production.  This is a great article by Nate Silver, a well-known writer and statistician, that presents evidence against that argument.   Silver’s work gained national attention when he correctly … Read more »

Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship: IUPAT General President Kenneth Rigmaiden

Kenneth Rigmaiden, general president of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades, is a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. Registered Apprenticeship is good for business’ bottom line and is a proven career path to the middle class for workers. Visit www.doleta.gov/oa to learn more.

The 22nd Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is Saturday, May 10!

From NALC.org: April 2014—As Saturday, May 10, draws ever closer, letter carriers in more than 1,200 branches nationwide are full steam ahead to get ready for the 22nd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. “Too many people in this country are still going hungry every day,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “As letter carriers, we see … Read more »

BCTD Statement: Keystone XL Delay is “Cold, Hard Slap in the Face” to American Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The following statement was released today by Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions, in reaction to the announcement by the US Department of State to further extend the comment period for the review of the Keystone XL pipeline: “The actions by the Obama Administration to further extend the review process … Read more »

Transitioning Army Members Graduate from New Construction Training Program in Seattle

Ceremony Marks the Official Launch of the Painters and Allied Trades Veterans Program Seattle, Washington — On Monday, April 14, members and leaders of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), representatives of the Finishing Contractors Association International (FCA), local political leaders and U.S. Army leaders gathered for the graduation of five military … Read more »

CEOs Paid 331 Times Average Worker, 774 Times Minimum Wage Worker

2014 Executive PayWatch exposes high paid CEOs in the low wage economy Washington, April 15, 2014 – While Congress has left for recess failing to fully address economic issues from the minimum wage to unemployment insurance and equal pay, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka unveiled the 2014 Executive PayWatch today. According to its data, U.S. CEOs – … Read more »

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Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Welcomes Chemical Workers Union Council

Partnership validates shared appreciation for the outdoors, value of union membership Nashville, TN –  March 27, 2014 — The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is pleased to announce that the International Chemical Workers Union Council (ICWUC) has signed on as the USA’s newest membership partner, joining the ranks of fellow AFL-CIO affiliated unions. USA membership partners, like … Read more »