Member News

Union Members Take Time Out from Class to Donate to Toys for Tots

The National Labor College was conducting classes at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) International Training Center on the week of December 10, 2012.  The classes are a regular part of the IUPAT Leadership Series program.  Attendees of the classes took note of the Toys for Tots bin in the IUPAT lobby … Read more »

Court Dismisses UBC Case Against IUPAT, Building Trades and Labor Leaders

Another Win Against the UBC In December, a U.S. district judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) that accused the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) General President James Williams, Mark Ayers, former president of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) and three other labor leaders … Read more »

Post-Dispatch: Building trades here make $37 million bet on a brighter future

Five years after the Great Recession began, the construction industry is still trying to dig out of a deep hole. Rather than throw a pity party, the local trades are looking ahead to a time when — they hope — the industry will again be thriving. They can’t do anything about the demand for workers right … Read more »

Fresh Line Up, New Co-Hosts Await Brotherhood Outdoors Viewers

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s award-winning hunting and fishing show, Brotherhood Outdoors, will return for a new, surprise-filled season on Sportsman Channel starting at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, January 6. Boasting a coveted Sunday morning time slot, new co-hosts Daniel Lee Martin and Julie McQueen, and a fresh line up of elusive game and fish, … Read more »

Huff Post: AFL-CIO Pressures Lawmakers On Fiscal Cliff, Calls GOP ‘Hostage Takers’

WASHINGTON — The AFL-CIO federation of labor unions is ramping up its opposition to any budget deal that includes cuts to Social Security or Medicare by sending state delegations to Washington on Tuesday to lobby lawmakers on the issue. In the “fly-in lobby day,” as it’s been billed, the AFL-CIO’s local leaders from 33 states … Read more »

Relief Fund for IUPAT Members Affected by Superstorm Sandy

As you know, many IUPAT members were adversely affected by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and consequently, are in need of assistance.  While the IUPAT has reached out to those in need, I know that there are members across the country and in Canada who find themselves wondering what they can do to help their … Read more »

Statement by the IUPAT on President Barack Obama’s Re-Election

Statement by IUPAT Executive General Vice President Ken Rigmaiden on President Barack Obama’s Re-Election This election proved that it takes far more than dollars for a victorious campaign; it takes dedicated men and women to knock on doors, visit job sites, work phone banks and get voters to the polls to exercise their sacred right … Read more »

IUPAT Member Wins 2nd Congressional District in Wisconsin!

Democrat Mark Pocan, owner and operator of Budget Signs & Specialties in Madison, Wisconsin, was elected as the next representative for the Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District last night by a wide margin against his challenger, Republican Chad Lee  (68% to 32%). From the Wisconsin State Journal – Pocan, 48, was the heavy favorite, and his … Read more »

WASHPOST: The strategy that paved a winning path

In early spring, President Obama’s veteran campaign staff in Chicago confronted the question that would ultimately determine the presidency: how to run against Mitt Romney? “The most striking data we saw early on was on the ‘understands problems of people like me’ question,” said a senior White House official involved in the discussions. “Into the … Read more »

WASHPOST: Rejuvenated Obama reelected as president after bruising campaign

Barack Obama was elected to a second presidential term Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney by reassembling the political coalition that boosted him to victory four years ago and remaking himself from a hopeful uniter into a determined fighter for middle-class interests. Obama, the nation’s first African American president, scored a decisive electoral college victory by stringing together a … Read more »