Member News

Statement by IUPAT General President James Williams on the Resignation of Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

Statement by International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams on the Resignation of Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis Hanover, MD – January 10, 2013 — In my 35 years as a labor leader, no one in any other presidential administration has worked harder for working families than Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.  She … Read more »

Daily Beast: Organized Labor Has Been Hurting Since Well Before the Passage of Right to Work in Michigan

A sobering story from the Daily Beast: The recent passage of a right-to-work law in Michigan, once the beating heart of the union movement and its auto-industry base, will sharply curtail the ability of unions to charge dues to the workers they represent. It is just another in a long line of defeats for organized labor. … Read more »

Boots on the Ground Union Volunteers Wrap Up First Phase of Youth Shooting Facility near Nashville

Nashville, TN— Wrapping up a year of beneficial Boots on the Ground conservation projects, Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) staff and union volunteers wrapped up the first phase of a youth shooting facility in College Grove, TN to help educate and mentor the next generation of shooting enthusiasts. Looking for a local project with a long term … Read more »

Statement by IUPAT General President James Williams on the Nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense

Statement by IUPAT General President James Williams on the Nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense On behalf of the men and women of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, I commend President Barack Obama on his nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel to serve as our next secretary of defense. … Read more »

Two Months AFTER the IUPAT Sends Relief to Victims of Superstorm Sandy – Congress FINALLY Passes Legislation to Give Federal Aid

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Has Sent Over $60,000 in Aid Since November January 4, 2013 — The newly sworn in 113th Congress voted to grant aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy.  The $9 billion package passed on Friday is believed to be the first installment of what is projected to be full … Read more »

Wash DC Welcomes Congressman Mark Pocan!

Today, IUPAT member Mark Pocan was officially sworn in as the representative serving Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District.  On behalf of all of the IUPAT members throughout the United States and Canada, congratulations and here’s to one more champion for working families on Capitol Hill.

IUPAT Employer Honored by PBNY Connect Magazine

It started with a young Irish immigrant painting fire escapes and dreaming of the future. Though T.  A. Ahern Contracting can now claim credit for improvements on nearly every bridge in the New York City vicinity, its leaders still focus on the dreams of its workers. Read more at PBNY Connect.

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 »