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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 »

Speaker John A. Perez appoints Chris Christophersen to California Architects Board

(Sacramento CA, March 13th) California Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles) announced the appointment of Chris Christophersen of Tracy, Business Manager for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 16, to the California Architects Board, which establishes regulations for professional architects in the state. “Mr. Christophersen has proven himself as an … Read more »

IUPAT Exposes Wage Theft in Seattle

Representatives from IUPAT District Council 5 in Seattle, Washington are in the news in Seattle.  The mayor’s office took action after the IUPAT reported incidents of wage theft by two local contractors. Seattle’s KOMO reports –

IUPAT General President James Williams Honored by AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams was honored today by the AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department.  A board member of the Department, the “Ships Wheel” award was presented to him by Michael Sacco (left), president of the Seafarers International Union and president of the Maritime Trades Deparment, and AFL-CIO President Richard … Read more »

Go Union and Save With AT&T Wireless

Support good union jobs and get the savings you deserve on wireless service from AT&T.  Union Members Save 15% Union Employees Save 18$ Local Unions Save 22% AT&T Mobility is the one and only national unionized wireless provider with 45,000 union represented workers. No other wireless company can say that. Not Verizon Wireless. Not Sprint. Not T-Mobile. If you already … Read more »

IUPAT DC 9 Member Featured in Huff Post: A Day in the Life of a Woman in Construction

Most leaders in the labor movement realize the importance of advancing the role of women in the workplace, and that’s especially true in the construction unions.  Each year, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California and the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department sponsor the Women’s Building California and the Nation Conference in … Read more »

IUPAT General President Williams on State of the Union Address

Statement by International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams on President Obama’s State of the Union Address February 13, 2013 We’re pleased to see that creating jobs was the first priority addressed in President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night.  We applaud his proposed Fix-It-First and Partnership to Rebuild … Read more »

The New York Times: Workers of the World, Sit Tight

The New York Times covers an interesting case study in labor management relations to keep union jobs: As a union steward, Newcomb feared that unless something changed, the plant would shut down and everyone would lose his job. So in the mid-’90s, his union asked management to attend its High Performance Work Organization Partnership program, … Read more »