Political Action

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 »

Building Trades President Sean McGarvey Speaks Out on Responsible Investing with Pension Funds

As reported by the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust: The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust thanks Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions, for his strong support of the HIT and its work in advancing union goals and priorities. In his keynote address to the Building Trades 2014 Legislative Conference this week, McGarvey urged unions to put … Read more »

IUPAT Gen. President Rigmaiden Appointed to MD Economic Development Commission

MARYLAND SENATE PRESIDENT AND HOUSE SPEAKER ANNOUNCE MEMBERS OF PRIVATE SECTOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION March 12, 2014 ANNAPOLIS, MD – Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., and House Speaker Michael E. Busch, today announced members of a private sector commission created to focus on the State’s economic development structure and incentive programs to make … Read more »

IUPAT Attends 2014 BCTD Legislative Conference in Washington, DC

Today, thousands of delegates representing Building Trades unions from across the United States attended the first day of the Building and Construction Trades Department Legislative Conference. Members of the IUPAT were there to hear featured political and union leaders, including former President Bill Clinton, rally them and their fellow attendees to fight for working families … Read more »

IUPAT Seattle: KIRO Reports that IUPAT Gets Local Workers Back Wages

KIRO Channel 7: Nearly 400 local workers will be getting more than a half-million dollars in back wages and damages.

Pivotal IUPAT Leadership Meeting Opens This Week *UPDATED

On Monday, February 10, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) General President Kenneth Rigmaiden opened the General President Advisory Committee meeting (GPAC).  This annual meeting brings the IUPAT business manager/secretary-treasurers from throughout the United States and Canada together to discuss the current business of our proud union, while charting a course for its … Read more »

USA Today: Obama has a point on skilled trades

Last week, President Obama visited a gas engine facility in Waukesha, Wisconsin to underscore the importance of job training and apprenticeship programs in the country.  He emphasized that a college degree isn’t the only way to achieve a successful career in America. Some of his remarks didn’t sit well in the education world.  USA Today … Read more »

Veterans graduate from IUPAT training program

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades is working every day to put our the returning men and women of our armed forces back to work in promising careers in the finishing trades. Recently, a class of veterans graduated from a training program that IUPAT District Council 77 in Georgia conducted.   The Brunswick … Read more »

Statement by IUPAT General President Kenneth Rigmaiden on the State of the Union Speech

The men and women of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) applaud the priorities President Barack Obama set forth in his State of the Union speech last night. The president’s resolve to reduce income inequality in America by streamlining the process for infrastructure and industrial investment, offering domestic manufacturing incentives, boosting apprenticeship … Read more »