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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 »

IUPAT General President Rigmaiden Participates in Real Estate Roundtable

On June 13, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President Ken Rigmaiden addressed the Real Estate Roundtable in Washington, DC.  The group consisted of over 200 of the nation’s public and private real estate owners, lenders and managers, as well as leaders of major real estate trade associations.  General President Rigmaiden was one … Read more »

Decisive Victory for Davis-Bacon Act in US House

Last night in the U.S. House of Representatives, an amendment was offered by Congressman Steve King (R-IA) to the Military Construction, VA and Related Agencies appropriations bill that would have denied funding for any enforcement of the Davis-Bacon Act on U.S. military construction projects.   THE AMENDMENT WAS OVERWHELMINGLY DEFEATED BY A VOTE OF 192-231.   All Democrats present and voting cast “No” votes, … Read more »

IUPAT GP Rigmaiden Talks Organizing on Workers Independent News

  International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President Ken Rigmaiden recently took to some time out from activities at the annual convention for the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists to speak with Doug Cunningham on Workers Independent News.  They discuss the labor movement and its goals in organizing workers across North America.

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Endorses Braley for U.S. Senate

DES MOINES, IA – On May 23, delegates of District Council 81 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) in Iowa voted to endorse Bruce Braley for U.S. Senate. “There is no doubt in our minds that Congressman Braley will carry on Senator Harkin’s legacy of commitment to the middle class,” said … Read more »

Have You Had a look at your House of Representatives Lately?

The New York Times sure did in an article today that paints a pretty bleak picture of the ruling party.  Times columnist Timothy Eagan breaks down the dysfunctional House of Un-Representatives. But just look at how different this Republican House is from the country they are supposed to represent. It’s almost like a parallel government, … Read more »

IUPAT General President Ken Rigmaiden on America’s Work Force Radio – May 1, 2013

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President Ken Rigmaiden discusses infrastructure and jobs in this edition.

IUPAT General President Rigmaiden Makes Hill Visit

On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President Ken Rigmaiden visited with Hill leaders. Accompanied by Director of Government Affairs Chris Sloan and International Legislative Representative Jim Brewer, GP Rigmaiden sat down with Congressman Steny Hoyer, a Maryland representative and the Democratic Whip, Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid and … Read more »

2013 BCTD Legislative Conference is Underway

  Monday, April 22, 2013, marked the start of this year’s annual AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Thousands of members of Building Trades union from throughout the United States gather to be educated, trained and inspired to make certain the interests of working families are front and center for … Read more »