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IUPAT California: Oct. 26 Court Hearing for San Clemente Picketing Law

Picketers march outside Eliot Schneider’s San Clemente home. The City Council has adopted an ordinance that would require picketing to be at least 200 feet from a residence being targeted. But enforcement of the law is being blocked by a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit filed by District Council 36 of the International Union … Read more »

Helping Building Trades Members Prepare for the Next Step in Their Careers

New Union Plus National Labor College Scholarships Helping Building Trades Members Prepare for the Next Step in Their Careers This October we’re introducing the Union Plus Building Trades President’s Award- a total of over $13,500 in scholarships to Building Trades union members who register for the National Labor College’s online degree programs. Starting with the … Read more »

Trying to Get out of Debt? Expecting a Child? Want to Understand Retirement? The National Labor College has a New Free Online Tool that can Help with That and More!

The AFL-CIO and the National Labor College are launching Invested, a unique personal finance website offering free and unbiased financial education resources. According to the creators, the site was imagined due to a lack of endorsement-free personal financial advice for working people. The website addresses topics applicable to people of all ages and backgrounds: financing … Read more »

Demand Grows for Skilled Trades Jobs

At a time when Michigan’s unemployment rate has increased for four straight months and is more than two percentage points above the national jobless rate, there is growing demand for construction and skilled trade workers in Metro Detroit and throughout the state. The uptick is a boon to journeymen, apprentices and union officials who sweated … Read more »

Labor Rights, Under Republican Attack

In the past month, the National Labor Relations Board has come under furious attack from Republicans in Congress, and decades-old workers’ rights are at risk. Backed by a well-financed lobbying and publicity offensive, Republicans are using a recent labor-law complaint against Boeing to achieve a radical goal that goes far beyond the legal issues in … Read more »

Next Up: Young People Take Action to Address Economic Inequality

Suzi Person, a glazier from Painters (IUPAT) in Philadelphia came next and spoke about how she was more than honored to be building cities, bridges, and schools alongside her brothers and sisters in the Building Trades. She called for more building to be done to address our crumbling infrastructure and get people back to work. … Read more »

IUPAT Letter to the Editor in Florida: City Union Members are Neighbors, not Thugs

To the editor: After reading some previous articles about the current political climate in our city (Cape Coral), I would like to take this opportunity to expound upon some actual facts for the public’s eyes and edification. I want to let the residents who classify city employees who choose to be union members in a … Read more »

Survey Suggest Green Schools are a High Priority with Most Americans

According to a nationwide poll, three out of four Americans support federal investment in school-building improvements related to creating healthier learning environments, saving tax dollars or lowering carbon emissions. The independent survey, sponsored by United Technologies Corp. and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, indicated that one in three of those surveyed … Read more »

IUPAT General President James Williams on America’s Work Force Radio!

On October 5, 2011, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams talked about labor and politics with America’s Work Force Radio. Listen to it on the IUPAT Youtube Channel – www.YouTube.com/GoIUPAT.

Occupy Wall Street: Newcomers Bring Their Worries and Hopes to New York Protest

New York — The three newcomers traveled from across the country, part of the latest wave of aggrieved Americans who hoped their problems might be solved here. The retired lawyer used her diminished savings to come from California. The union boss caught a morning flight from Chicago with his staff. The unemployed television producer, just … Read more »