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Union Training Programs in Philadelphia Help Build Better Workers

Union educator Michael Schurr is setting up a train-the-trainer course in traffic safety control at the recent request of painting contractors, now busy with stimulus-funded work repainting the nation’s bridges. “They want to keep the maniacs on the road,” said Schurr, a former glazier who now directs the apprenticeship program for District 21 of the … Read more »

Richard Trumka, American

The American worker has been getting thrashed for thirty years. Jobs leaving the country, wages flat, his boss getting rich. One coal miner from Pennsylvania knows exactly what to do about it. Read more at ESQUIRE.

IUPAT Chicago: District Council 14 Member Named to Hospital Commission

JOLIET — Local business leader [and DC 14 member] Hugo Manzo has been selected to serve on the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission. Manzo is an agent with Painters District Council 14. Raised in Joliet, he attended Joliet Central High School. Upon graduation, Manzo joined Will County Painters Local 33 as a drywall finisher working in … Read more »

IUPAT NJ: Labor, Execs Push for More Jobs During American Dream Project Hearing

Most of the audience — and more than half the speakers — at Wednesday morning’s environmental impact statement hearing on American Dream Meadowlands were labor union members and executives who stressed the need for more jobs in the region. Ron Nosiay, president of the Union Local 1976, representing painters, tapers and glaziers, referred to the … Read more »

Council Supports Project Labor Agreements in Prince George’s County, MD

Council Member Karen Toles (D) – District 7, sponsor of the legislation, comments on the historical significance of Council Bill 16-2011, and the opportunities it would ultimately create for Prince George’s County. “Until now, there has been no existing law for the use of PLAs on County construction projects in the state of Maryland.  Prince … Read more »

Veterans Day 11.11.11

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to … Read more »

Proud Members of the IUPAT are Featured on Today’s Edition of The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Proud members of the IUPAT are featured on today’s edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  We’re in town in force to make certain we win the vote to protect the collective bargaining rights of our fellow union members! See it HERE.

President of St. Paul Drywall Company Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Wage and Benefit Misappropriation

NOVEMBER 4, 2011 St. Paul, MN – Yesterday, the owner and president of Franklin Drywall, Philip Franklin, was sentenced in federal court after he pled guilty in January of underpaying employees for overtime work and misappropriating funds for employee pension and benefit contributions. “The importance of this conviction cannot be emphasized enough because it sends … Read more »

Unions Target New Ohio Law

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Labor unions are making their biggest campaign stand of 2011 in Ohio, hoping to steal momentum from efforts nationally to scale back union rights by decisively defeating a law here limiting public-employee bargaining. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

Cape Coral Q&A: Wally Ilcyszyn, President of the Local 2301 of the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades

Formed in 1989, the Local 2301 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades or the “Blue Collar Union”, represents the bulk of those who work for the city of Cape Coral. I sat down with Wally recently to get his take on the past, current, and future labor relations within the city. Meeting … Read more »