Monthly Archives: February 2013

USA TODAY: Florida Gov. Scott runs up white flag

Scott’s decision to expand Medicaid coverage in Florida is tantamount to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee deserting to the Army of the Potomac after the Battle of Gettysburg. Scott built his political career on opposition to the law, which Republicans call ObamaCare. It was the mantra of Scott’s election campaign and an obsession of the conservative administration he installed … Read more »

WASH POST: The Sequester: Absolutely everything you could possibly need to know, in one FAQ

The Washington Post gives some answers to some of the many questions people are asking about the Sequester and just what it really means for us all. At the end of the month, the dreaded sequester is set to take effect. Hands up if you know what exactly that means — and be honest. Don’t … Read more »

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 »

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Supports New Business-Labor Proposal to Protect Multiemployer Pension Plans

New Plan Drafted by the Partnership for Multiemployer Retirement Security Proposes Solutions to Protect Multiemployer Pension Plans, Avoid Taxpayer Bailouts Hanover, MD — This week, the Partnership for Multiemployer Retirement Security released a report outlining a number of reforms for multiemployer pension plans that will enable those plans to continue to provide a secure retirement … 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 Local Union 1756 in South Carolina Rallies to Welcome Gen. President James Williams

February 18, 2013 – Visiting with fellow members at local union meetings across the United States and Canada is one Jim Williams’ favorite duties as general president of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT).  “Answering questions and hopefully putting some members’ minds at ease about job worries, our union and the labor … 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 »

Florida Retirement System Is Sound; Changing It Would Cost Taxpayers More and Provide Retired Workers Less

Florida Retirement System Is Sound; Changing It Would Cost Taxpayers More and Provide Retired Workers Less Opponents of dramatic changes to public employees’ retirement benefits criticized proposals Wednesday that would unnecessarily cost taxpayers billions of dollars and leave firefighters, law enforcement officers and school employees with inadequate savings in their retirement years. “There’s no fire … Read more »

POLITICO: Business, labor leaders talk guest workers at White House

POLITICO covers a meeting about immigration reform and foreign workers at the White House with union and business leaders. President Barack Obama brought the debate over guest workers directly to the White House Tuesday, hosting advocates and business leaders in an effort to speed consensus for — and rally support against Republican calls to slow … Read more »