Monthly Archives: June 2013

New report highlights mounting challenge of aging bridges, ranks states

June 19, 2013 By Transportation for America One in 9 bridges are “structurally deficient” as the average age nears 50 years. And more troubled bridges in our big cities than McDonald’s restaurants nationwide WASHINGTON, D.C. – One in nine of the bridges and overpasses American drivers cross each day is rated in poor enough condition that some … Read more »

Support the Austal Shipyard Workers in Their Fight to Organize!

The campaign to bring real changes and a voice to Austal Shipyard workers in Mobile, Alabama has launched! Visit the new website to learn more about the workers who have tried three times to organize a union at the shipyard but were defeated by management who violated federal laws through intimidation, threats and retaliation. Pass … Read more »

WV Gazette: Union gives $5,000 to Reconnecting McDowell

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 53 in West Virginia recently made a $5,000 to gift to a local to effort to “find solutions to economic and social problems in the Southern West Virginia county [of McDowell].” The American Federation of Teachers is leading efforts to raise money for the group in … Read more »

IUPAT California: District Council 16 Instructor Rescues Family from Sinking Car

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades member Erik Schorken is a glazing instructor for District Council 16 in Northern California.  Brother Schorken was recently among a small group of passersby who rescued a family of four after their car crashed into a the Oakland Estuary.  The car was sinking quickly and Schorken and the … Read more »

IUPAT General President Rigmaiden Participates in Real Estate Roundtable

On June 13, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President Ken Rigmaiden addressed the Real Estate Roundtable in Washington, DC.  The group consisted of over 200 of the nation’s public and private real estate owners, lenders and managers, as well as leaders of major real estate trade associations.  General President Rigmaiden was one … Read more »

Decisive Victory for Davis-Bacon Act in US House

Last night in the U.S. House of Representatives, an amendment was offered by Congressman Steve King (R-IA) to the Military Construction, VA and Related Agencies appropriations bill that would have denied funding for any enforcement of the Davis-Bacon Act on U.S. military construction projects.   THE AMENDMENT WAS OVERWHELMINGLY DEFEATED BY A VOTE OF 192-231.   All Democrats present and voting cast “No” votes, … Read more »