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AFL-CIO Executive Committee Issues Calls for Social and Economic Justice, to Save Detroit and for Support for the Large Retailer Accountability Act

This July, the AFL-CIO Executive Committee convened to chart the course for the AFL-CIO in the year ahead and beyond in the realms of politics, social justice and workers’ rights. IUPAT General President Ken Rigmaiden and fellow members of the committee, made up of leaders of some of the AFL-CIO’s largest affiliate unions, issued the … Read more »

IUPAT and Fellow Union Volunteers Give Vietnam Veterans Memorial New Shine in DC

On Saturday, August 3, the Union Veterans Council, a constituency group of the AFL-CIO, gathered volunteers to clean the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. Union veterans, retirees and fellow members began their work at 6:00 am to prep and clean the cherished the monument.  Thanks to all the volunteers for dedicating your time and hearts … Read more »

Rigmaiden Teams with Congressmen, Business Leaders to Tout Reform on Investment Tax Act

Invest in America Coalition Applauds FIRPTA Reform Efforts in Congresss Bipartisan Legislation will reform the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA) Bill Will Open Door to Billions of Dollars in Investments for the U.S. Economy (Washington, DC) July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Invest in America Coalition today applauded Rep. Kevin … Read more »

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Confirmation of NLRB Nominees

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Confirmation of NLRB Nominees America’s working families applaud the Senate for confirming President Obama’s outstanding and highly qualified nominees to the National Labor Relations Board. This is the first time in more than a decade that the NLRB has been fully staffed. That is good news for all workers seeking … Read more »

The Hill: Senate confirms all five NLRB members

On Tuesday, the Senate voted to clear all five nominees — Harry Johnson III, Philip Miscimarra, Nancy Schiffer, Kent Hirozawa and Mark Pearce. Republicans agreed to hold up-or-down votes on the NLRB nominees as part of a deal to avoid Senate rule changes limiting the minority’s right to filibuster executive branch nominations. Two of the … Read more »

July IUPAT General President’s Bulletin

Distribute this bulletin at your next union meeting.  Download it HERE. Finishing Solutions Network Makes Gains for the IUPAT In March, Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurers and other IUPAT leaders were briefed on the Finishing Solutions Network (FSN) at the General President’s Advisory Committee (GPAC) meeting, and the initiative has made great strides since then. Formally launched in 2012, … Read more »

New report highlights mounting challenge of aging bridges, ranks states

June 19, 2013 By Transportation for America One in 9 bridges are “structurally deficient” as the average age nears 50 years. And more troubled bridges in our big cities than McDonald’s restaurants nationwide WASHINGTON, D.C. – One in nine of the bridges and overpasses American drivers cross each day is rated in poor enough condition that some … Read more »

Support the Austal Shipyard Workers in Their Fight to Organize!

The campaign to bring real changes and a voice to Austal Shipyard workers in Mobile, Alabama has launched! Visit the new website to learn more about the workers who have tried three times to organize a union at the shipyard but were defeated by management who violated federal laws through intimidation, threats and retaliation. Pass … Read more »

WV Gazette: Union gives $5,000 to Reconnecting McDowell

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 53 in West Virginia recently made a $5,000 to gift to a local to effort to “find solutions to economic and social problems in the Southern West Virginia county [of McDowell].” The American Federation of Teachers is leading efforts to raise money for the group in … Read more »

IUPAT California: District Council 16 Instructor Rescues Family from Sinking Car

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades member Erik Schorken is a glazing instructor for District Council 16 in Northern California.  Brother Schorken was recently among a small group of passersby who rescued a family of four after their car crashed into a the Oakland Estuary.  The car was sinking quickly and Schorken and the … Read more »