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VIDEO: A Tribute to Mark H. Ayers

After his sudden passing on Easter Sunday April 8, 2012 – the union construction industry is struggling to make sense of it all.  This video highlights the life and legacy of Mark H. Ayers.  We will miss you brother. God Bless.

Workers of the World Divide

Since the middle of the last century, the American labor movement has been in steady decline. In the early 1950s, around one-third of the United States’ total labor force was unionized. Today, just one-tenth remains so. Unionization of the private sector is even lower, at five percent. Over the last few decades, unions’ influence has … Read more »

IUPAT General President James Williams on America’s Workforce Radio

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams talks politics Obama, Romney and Biden on America’s Workforce Radio.

Labor chief laments worker ‘mismatch’

The “mismatch” between worker skills and those required for available jobs is perhaps the biggest challenge these days for industry and organized labor, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. “The jobs of today and the jobs of tomorrow will require worker training,” she said. “Our long-term prosperity depends on training workers.” … Read more »

Former IUPAT GVP Sean McGarvey Elected to Head of Building Trades Department

On Monday, April 16, the Governing Board of Directors of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) unanimously voted to install Sean McGarvey as its next president.  It was a somber vote as this action comes just over one week after former BCTD President Mark Ayers’ unexpected passing from a heart attack.  McGarvey served … Read more »

Wisconsin Lt. Gov: Stop union ‘take over’

The defeat of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his deputy in the upcoming June recall election would allow a union “takeover” of the state government, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch warned on Monday. Read more at POLITICO.

Congrats to LU 106 Member John Fontaine on Retirement!

Congratulations to John Fontaine, member of Local Union 106 in Duluth, Minnesota, on receiving his first pension check!  Shown here, IUPAT Pension Fund Administrator Gary Meyers (right) has the honor of presenting the check to Brother Fontaine.

IUPAT Canada – News with Nicholls

IUPAT Canada, the District 46 Council in Ontario introduces New with Nicholls, a weekly video show to discuss issues that affect the Ontario Painters Union. Bill Nicholls leads the discussion on recruitment, retention, activism and solidarity. Watch it below!

IUPAT PA – Painters Spot Crack that Closes Bridge

(Pennsylvania) – PennDOT District 11 spokesman Jim Struzzi said that a crew from Advanced Painting Systems Inc., of Allison Park, PA, discovered the crack in one of the bridge girders while performing abrasive blasting to remove paint. PennDOT closed the bridge immediately, and its engineers were assessing the through-and-through crack in the 3/8-inch beam. Read … Read more »

IUPAT Ontario – Facelift for historic landmark

“And we’re blessed here in St. Catharines because we have everyone on board.” Coming to the rescue are Don Benoit and a small army of volunteer union tradespeople who are marshalling forces to give the BME new dignity. The improvement project started when Bush approached the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades last fall … Read more »