Monthly Archives: January 2014

Union-Made Super Bowl Party

Statement by IUPAT General President Kenneth Rigmaiden on the State of the Union Speech

The men and women of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) applaud the priorities President Barack Obama set forth in his State of the Union speech last night. The president’s resolve to reduce income inequality in America by streamlining the process for infrastructure and industrial investment, offering domestic manufacturing incentives, boosting apprenticeship … Read more »

2014 State of the Union Address – Full Speech and Links to Coverage

Watch the entire speech below, download the text to the speech HERE, and do some reading about the reaction to President Obama’s address at The New York Times, The Washington Post, POLITICO and Real Clear Politics:

IUPAT in West Virginia Holds Forum for Experts and Media on Tank Corrosion

In response to the recent chemical spill that has (so far) affected hundreds of thousands of West Virginia residents, Governor Early Ray Tomblin recently announced new proposed legislation to implement an above ground storage tank regulation program in the state.  Among other actions, the legislation calls for “annual inspections [of tanks] and certifications by professional engineers and … Read more »

DOL: Union Membership Holds Steady

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez has issued the following statement regarding the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report released today on union membership in 2013: “Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that, in 2013, the unionization rate of employed wage and salary workers was 11.3 percent. Among private-sector employees, the rate was 6.7 … Read more »

The deadline to apply for a Union Plus scholarship is quickly approaching!

There are nine days left for you to submit your application for a Union Plus scholarship, ranging from $500 to $4,000. Applications, including essays and a reference letter, must be submitted by Friday, January 31 at 12pm EST. Union Plus provides $150,000 in scholarships annually to retired or active members who belong to a union … Read more »

Stand Up to ALEC: National Day of Action – January 21, 2014

Stand Up to ALEC: National Day of Action – January 21, 2014 ALEC has been described as a “crypto-lobbying outfit,” a “corporate dating service,” and “the most influential corporate funded political force most Americans have never heard of.” From Stand Your Ground to ‘Right to Work’, ALEC has been on the forefront of the attempted … Read more »

IUPAT Testifies in Front of WV Joint Committee Investigating Elk River Chemical Spill

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Testifies in Front of WV Joint Committee Investigating Elk River Chemical Spill Union represents workers who apply protective coatings to storage tanks to prevent leaks and spills (Charleston, WV) — Brian Stanley, a representative for the West Virginia affiliate of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades … Read more »

Total Station Training Continues at IUPAT/FTI

The ever-evolving trade of the glazier requires the ability to read and interpret prints and various specifications, and then take that information to layout the work to be installed. Total Station is a technology that can be used by IUPAT glaziers, and other IUPAT crafts, to effectively accomplish that task.  Beginning last September, IUPAT members … Read more »

WashPost: Koch-backed political network, designed to shield donors, raised $400 million in 2012

“The political network spearheaded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has expanded into a far-reaching operation of unrivaled complexity, built around a maze of groups that cloaks its donors, according to an analysis of new tax returns and other documents.” Read more at The Washington Post.