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International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Supports New Business-Labor Proposal to Protect Multiemployer Pension Plans

New Plan Drafted by the Partnership for Multiemployer Retirement Security Proposes Solutions to Protect Multiemployer Pension Plans, Avoid Taxpayer Bailouts Hanover, MD — This week, the Partnership for Multiemployer Retirement Security released a report outlining a number of reforms for multiemployer pension plans that will enable those plans to continue to provide a secure retirement … Read more »

Go Union and Save With AT&T Wireless

Support good union jobs and get the savings you deserve on wireless service from AT&T.  Union Members Save 15% Union Employees Save 18$ Local Unions Save 22% AT&T Mobility is the one and only national unionized wireless provider with 45,000 union represented workers. No other wireless company can say that. Not Verizon Wireless. Not Sprint. Not T-Mobile. If you already … Read more »

IUPAT Local Union 1756 in South Carolina Rallies to Welcome Gen. President James Williams

February 18, 2013 – Visiting with fellow members at local union meetings across the United States and Canada is one Jim Williams’ favorite duties as general president of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT).  “Answering questions and hopefully putting some members’ minds at ease about job worries, our union and the labor … Read more »

IUPAT DC 9 Member Featured in Huff Post: A Day in the Life of a Woman in Construction

Most leaders in the labor movement realize the importance of advancing the role of women in the workplace, and that’s especially true in the construction unions.  Each year, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California and the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department sponsor the Women’s Building California and the Nation Conference in … Read more »

IUPAT General President Williams on State of the Union Address

Statement by International Union of Painters and Allied Trades General President James Williams on President Obama’s State of the Union Address February 13, 2013 We’re pleased to see that creating jobs was the first priority addressed in President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night.  We applaud his proposed Fix-It-First and Partnership to Rebuild … Read more »

Florida Retirement System Is Sound; Changing It Would Cost Taxpayers More and Provide Retired Workers Less

Florida Retirement System Is Sound; Changing It Would Cost Taxpayers More and Provide Retired Workers Less Opponents of dramatic changes to public employees’ retirement benefits criticized proposals Wednesday that would unnecessarily cost taxpayers billions of dollars and leave firefighters, law enforcement officers and school employees with inadequate savings in their retirement years. “There’s no fire … Read more »

POLITICO: Business, labor leaders talk guest workers at White House

POLITICO covers a meeting about immigration reform and foreign workers at the White House with union and business leaders. President Barack Obama brought the debate over guest workers directly to the White House Tuesday, hosting advocates and business leaders in an effort to speed consensus for — and rally support against Republican calls to slow … Read more »

The New York Times: Workers of the World, Sit Tight

The New York Times covers an interesting case study in labor management relations to keep union jobs: As a union steward, Newcomb feared that unless something changed, the plant would shut down and everyone would lose his job. So in the mid-’90s, his union asked management to attend its High Performance Work Organization Partnership program, … Read more »

IUPAT Wins MMA Smarties Award for Mobile Messaging

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) took home silver and gold in The Mobile Marketing Association’s 2012 Smarties Awards for its mobile job alerts program. Thousands of IUPAT members have found more work through this text messaging program since its launch in 2011. The program uses the unique Mobilize text messaging platform … Read more »

NY Times: Labor Sees Bright Spots in Membership Trends

From the New York Times — The American labor movement received some bitter news last week when theBureau of Labor Statistics released its annual report on union membership – it showed a 398,000 overall decline in union membership, with the percentage of workers in unions dropping to 11.3 percent, the lowest rate in nearly a century. But some … Read more »