Political Action

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 »

IUPAT GST Galis Address Media Event for Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill

On Thursday, April 18, 2013, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) re-introduced their bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act at a press conference on Capitol Hill.  Among the official guests and invited speakers was International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) General Secretary-Treasurer George Galis.  He was joined by other industry … Read more »

IUPAT Leaders & Members in DC for BCTD Legislative Conf.

During the week of April 22, members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades join fellow union activists at the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department Legislative Conference. Speakers and workshops will provide attendees with the information, tools and inspiration to successfully push issues important to working families.  Come back to IUPAT Member … Read more »

NPR: Texas Contractors Say Playing By The Rules Doesn’t Pay

This is part two of a series National Public Radio (NPR) ran this week on the state of the commercial construction industry in the state of Texas.  You read and listen to part one HERE. For this segment, you can listen to the piece below and read the story HERE. NPR Reports:

NPR: Construction Booming In Texas, But Many Workers Pay Dearly

Unfortunately, worker exploitation returns with the booming commercial construction industry in Texas. If wage theft is a nasty cousin of slavery, Tzintzun says there’s a deeper, more fundamental sickness affecting the Texas construction industry: the misclassification of construction workers as independent contractors instead of as employees. “We found that 41 percent of construction workers, regardless … Read more »

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive – Saturday, May 11, 2013

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.  Last year, 70,743,973 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected, making this the ninth consecutive year that collections topped the 70-million-pound mark, bringing the grand total to nearly 1.2 billion pounds collected since the … Read more »

WASH POST: AFL-CIO’s Trumka looks to remake U.S. labor movement

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has begun the charge to revitalize the labor movement.  Representatives of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades are a part of this campaign and we’re ready to do our part to build a bigger, better union workforce in America. From the Washington Post: “The labor movement is definitely in … Read more »