Political Action

Daily Kos: MSNBC Krystal Ball’s Timely Rant On Union Membership – Americans, Wake the F*ck up!

From Daily Kos: Krystal Ball gave an impassionate and prescient rant on unions on MSNBC’s, The Cycle. In her rant she urged citizens not to bask in the aspiration of President Obama’s speech. While the speech was a very progressive speech, she states that there is one issue that went unmentioned, the decline of the … Read more »

DOL Reports Union Membership on Decline

Wednesday, January 13 – The United States Department of Labor (DOL) reported today that in “2012, the union membership rate — the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of a union — 11.3 percent, down from 11.8 percent in 2011.” The report was released by the DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics and details union membership … Read more »

Statement by IUPAT General President James Williams on the Resignation of Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

Statement by International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams on the Resignation of Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis Hanover, MD – January 10, 2013 — In my 35 years as a labor leader, no one in any other presidential administration has worked harder for working families than Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.  She … Read more »

Daily Beast: Organized Labor Has Been Hurting Since Well Before the Passage of Right to Work in Michigan

A sobering story from the Daily Beast: The recent passage of a right-to-work law in Michigan, once the beating heart of the union movement and its auto-industry base, will sharply curtail the ability of unions to charge dues to the workers they represent. It is just another in a long line of defeats for organized labor. … Read more »

Statement by IUPAT General President James Williams on the Nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense

Statement by IUPAT General President James Williams on the Nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense On behalf of the men and women of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, I commend President Barack Obama on his nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel to serve as our next secretary of defense. … Read more »

Two Months AFTER the IUPAT Sends Relief to Victims of Superstorm Sandy – Congress FINALLY Passes Legislation to Give Federal Aid

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Has Sent Over $60,000 in Aid Since November January 4, 2013 — The newly sworn in 113th Congress voted to grant aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy.  The $9 billion package passed on Friday is believed to be the first installment of what is projected to be full … Read more »

Wash DC Welcomes Congressman Mark Pocan!

Today, IUPAT member Mark Pocan was officially sworn in as the representative serving Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District.  On behalf of all of the IUPAT members throughout the United States and Canada, congratulations and here’s to one more champion for working families on Capitol Hill.

Huff Post: AFL-CIO Pressures Lawmakers On Fiscal Cliff, Calls GOP ‘Hostage Takers’

WASHINGTON — The AFL-CIO federation of labor unions is ramping up its opposition to any budget deal that includes cuts to Social Security or Medicare by sending state delegations to Washington on Tuesday to lobby lawmakers on the issue. In the “fly-in lobby day,” as it’s been billed, the AFL-CIO’s local leaders from 33 states … Read more »

Statement by the IUPAT on President Barack Obama’s Re-Election

Statement by IUPAT Executive General Vice President Ken Rigmaiden on President Barack Obama’s Re-Election This election proved that it takes far more than dollars for a victorious campaign; it takes dedicated men and women to knock on doors, visit job sites, work phone banks and get voters to the polls to exercise their sacred right … Read more »

IUPAT Member Wins 2nd Congressional District in Wisconsin!

Democrat Mark Pocan, owner and operator of Budget Signs & Specialties in Madison, Wisconsin, was elected as the next representative for the Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District last night by a wide margin against his challenger, Republican Chad Lee  (68% to 32%). From the Wisconsin State Journal – Pocan, 48, was the heavy favorite, and his … Read more »