Political Action

POLITICO: Labor vows to give Democrats a jolt

Assembled here for the AFL-CIO’s quadrennial convention, less than a year after unions played a pivotal role in helping Democrats win a powerful popular victory in the 2012 presidential election, labor leaders from across the country voiced impatience and exasperation with national politicians whom they say take union members for granted. As a result, union … Read more »

HUFF POST: AFL-CIO Approves Resolution Criticizing Part Of Obama Health Care Law

WASHINGTON — The AFL-CIO on Wednesday approved a resolution critical of parts of President Barack Obama’s health care law in spite of efforts by White House officials to discourage the labor federation from making its concerns so prominent. The strongly worded resolution says the Affordable Care Act will drive up the costs of union-sponsored health … Read more »

The IUPAT at AFL-CIO 2013: UPDATED 8:15AM, Sept. 11

  This week in Los Angeles, delegates from the many unions that are part of the AFL-CIO, including the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, have gathered to chart the course for the federation over the next four years. As reported on the AFL-CIO Convention website, the “AFL-CIO is governed by a quadrennial convention … Read more »

WV Congresswoman Capito Visits IUPAT District Council

As reported by local Channel 12 news in Clarksburg: Capito said she wants to help bring more jobs to West Virginia and said a stronger economy is an important step. “What they need is a growing economy so they can paint bridges and paint new power plants, and use their trades for all different kinds … Read more »

DET NEWS: Workers lead global revolution against poverty

Teamster President James Hoffa writes about workers fighting back for fair wages, the dangers of ALEC and how the Wisconsin “uprising” did indeed start a revolution. Whether it’s fast-food workers in Detroit and Flint walking off the job July 31 as part of one-day strikes held across the U.S. or mass protests across Europe, one … Read more »

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 »

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 »