Monthly Archives: April 2013

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 »

2013 Dreams of Jobs and Freedom Scholarship

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, the AFL-CIO and Union Plus are offering scholarships to help graduating high school seniors realize their dreams of a college education. The one-time $5,000 scholarships are for study for the academic year beginning … 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 »

Film & Book Celebrates Sign Painters

Filmmakers Faythe Levine and Sam Macon have created a film and book that “features stories and photographs of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities through the United States.” There was a time-as recently as the 1980s-when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and … Read more »

IUPAT General President Rigmaiden Presents $10,000 PATCH Check to UCP

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) General President Ken Rigmaiden recently presented a $10,000 check to United Cerebral Palsy – My Child Without Limits.  The donation was the result of an extremely successful campaign last fall in which the PATCH Foundation pledged a $1 donation (up to $10,000) for each new LIKE on … Read more »