Political Action

IUPAT Participates in Maryland Private Sector Economic Development Commission Meeting

Panel Focused on Apprenticeship and Construction Hanover, MD — On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, members of the Maryland Private Sector Economic Development Commission met at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland to discuss workforce development and its role in making Maryland attractive to companies considering relocation.  The commission was founded in March 2014 to focus … Read more »

Statement by IUPAT General President Kenneth Rigmaiden on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Hanover, MD — A strong workforce development system is a critical tool for the construction industry as we slowly pull ourselves out from the economic depression we have endured over the past six years. A robust and well-functioning workforce investment and training system is an important component to spark economic recovery and innovation in our … Read more »

FiveThirtyEight: Do Fewer Unions Make Countries More Competitive?

The ongoing argument by foes of organized labor invariably includes the point that unionization in America hurts our competitiveness with other countries when it comes to production.  This is a great article by Nate Silver, a well-known writer and statistician, that presents evidence against that argument.   Silver’s work gained national attention when he correctly … Read more »

Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship: IUPAT General President Kenneth Rigmaiden

Kenneth Rigmaiden, general president of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades, is a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. Registered Apprenticeship is good for business’ bottom line and is a proven career path to the middle class for workers. Visit www.doleta.gov/oa to learn more.

BCTD Statement: Keystone XL Delay is “Cold, Hard Slap in the Face” to American Workers

WASHINGTON, DC – The following statement was released today by Sean McGarvey, President of North America’s Building Trades Unions, in reaction to the announcement by the US Department of State to further extend the comment period for the review of the Keystone XL pipeline: “The actions by the Obama Administration to further extend the review process … Read more »

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 »