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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 »

IUPAT General President James A. Williams Retires

Executive General Vice President Ken Rigmaiden elected to serve the remainder of this term Hanover, MD — Effective today, April 1, 2013, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) General President James Williams officially retires from office. “There are no words to express just how much I have loved every minute of this job,” … Read more »

WASH POST: AFL-CIO’s Trumka looks to remake U.S. labor movement

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has begun the charge to revitalize the labor movement.  Representatives of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades are a part of this campaign and we’re ready to do our part to build a bigger, better union workforce in America. From the Washington Post: “The labor movement is definitely in … Read more »

IUPAT and Labor Leaders Greet Montana Rep. Steve Daines at Power Facility

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, Montana Congressman Steve Daines visited Northwestern Energy’s Dave Gates Generating Station (DGGS) as a part of a two-week tour across the state to meet with “Montana businesses and key stakeholders in energy and resources based industries and conservation efforts,” according to a statement released by Daines’ office. He was welcomed … Read more »

Speaker John A. Perez appoints Chris Christophersen to California Architects Board

(Sacramento CA, March 13th) California Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles) announced the appointment of Chris Christophersen of Tracy, Business Manager for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 16, to the California Architects Board, which establishes regulations for professional architects in the state. “Mr. Christophersen has proven himself as an … Read more »

GPAC 2013

This week, IUPAT Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurers from throughout North America are meeting to discuss issues important to the future of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. Read about the GPAC meetings this week here!

IUPAT Exposes Wage Theft in Seattle

Representatives from IUPAT District Council 5 in Seattle, Washington are in the news in Seattle.  The mayor’s office took action after the IUPAT reported incidents of wage theft by two local contractors. Seattle’s KOMO reports —

STAR TRIB: On the Job with Francisco Altamirano

The inspiring story of IUPAT member Francisco Altamirano (District Council 82 in Minnesota) is well covered in the Minnesota Star Tribune. Francisco Altamirano was born in Mexico, but his roots in the U.S. go deep. He has photos of his grandfather at work in Chicago in the 1920s. During his own youth, he and his … Read more »

WASH POST: The Sequester: Absolutely everything you could possibly need to know, in one FAQ

The Washington Post gives some answers to some of the many questions people are asking about the Sequester and just what it really means for us all. At the end of the month, the dreaded sequester is set to take effect. Hands up if you know what exactly that means — and be honest. Don’t … Read more »