Political Action

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 »

2014 State of the Union Address – Full Speech and Links to Coverage

Watch the entire speech below, download the text to the speech HERE, and do some reading about the reaction to President Obama’s address at The New York Times, The Washington Post, POLITICO and Real Clear Politics:

DOL: Union Membership Holds Steady

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez has issued the following statement regarding the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report released today on union membership in 2013: “Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that, in 2013, the unionization rate of employed wage and salary workers was 11.3 percent. Among private-sector employees, the rate was 6.7 … Read more »

The deadline to apply for a Union Plus scholarship is quickly approaching!

There are nine days left for you to submit your application for a Union Plus scholarship, ranging from $500 to $4,000. Applications, including essays and a reference letter, must be submitted by Friday, January 31 at 12pm EST. Union Plus provides $150,000 in scholarships annually to retired or active members who belong to a union … Read more »

IUPAT Testifies in Front of WV Joint Committee Investigating Elk River Chemical Spill

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Testifies in Front of WV Joint Committee Investigating Elk River Chemical Spill Union represents workers who apply protective coatings to storage tanks to prevent leaks and spills (Charleston, WV) — Brian Stanley, a representative for the West Virginia affiliate of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades … Read more »

WashPost: Koch-backed political network, designed to shield donors, raised $400 million in 2012

“The political network spearheaded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has expanded into a far-reaching operation of unrivaled complexity, built around a maze of groups that cloaks its donors, according to an analysis of new tax returns and other documents.” Read more at The Washington Post.

IUPAT Joins Fellow Labor Unions at Rally to Support Machinists in Seattle

On November 18, 2013, members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 5 joined a rally dubbed “Build it Here” in Seattle to thank and support members of Machinists Local 751 for standing strong in their efforts with Boeing to not only build its 777X airliner in Washington, but to do … Read more »